Summary: How have the two major parties done in attracting and retaining the public’s confidence and allegiance, from February 2009 to now? The long slow recovery should have boosted the Democratic Party, who have controlled the Executive Branch and the Senate. It hasn’t. In fact the Democrat’s remain locked into the long decline of the Left, which they’ve ridden by following the public’s shift to the Right (Democratic leaders of the 1960’s would be considered radical commies if they ran today). This is interesting since so many Republicans have gone crazy.
Poll by Hart Research Associates
Commissioned by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal
Done 22 – 25 January 2014.
“Now I’m going to read you the names of several public figures and groups and I’d like you to rate your feelings toward each one as very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative.”
Compare the results for February 2009 (soon after the inauguration) and January 2014 (% for each answer; the results are similar for December 2008). Political scientists have more sophisticated ways to measure people’s political alignment, but this is the bottom lines for elections.
The Democratic Party:
Positive -12, Neutral +4, Negative +9, Don’t know -1
- Very positive:………….20 vs 10…..–10
- Somewhat positive:….29 vs 27…..–02
- Neutral:………………….18 vs 22…..+04
- Somewhat negative:…14 vs 20…..+06
- Very negative:………….17 vs 20…..+03
- Don’t know:…………….02 vs 01…..-01
Positive -2, Don’t know -2, Neutral +4, Negative unchanged.
- Very positive:………….07 vs 05…..-02
- Somewhat positive:….19 vs 19…..no change
- Neutral:………………….24 vs 28…..+04
- Somewhat negative:…25 vs 22…..-03
- Very negative:………….22 vs 25…..+03
- Don’t know:…………….03 vs 01…..-02
We have the Tea Party Movement. If we had a strong Left in this country…
…what would they they focus on?
- Ending our mad wars, which spend blood and money but do nothing for America.
- Rebuilding our decaying infrastructure and education systems.
- Destruction of the biosphere (not just climate change), such as pollution & overfishing.
- Address the growth in equality since the 1970’s, now at the point where our society is reconfiguring to accommodate the new class structure.
For more about the last point read “If the rich can write the rules then we have a real problem”, interview with Angus Deaton (Prof Economics, Princeton), blog of the London School of Economics, 5 December 2013.
For More Information
(a) About American politics:
- Posts about politics in America
- Posts about the Democratic Party
- Posts about Obama, his administration and policies
(b) The great shift to the Right:
- Recommended: The world of wonders: Democratic Party takes center, pushes GOP right to madness, 19 February 2013
- The Republicans are winning, leaders in the building of a New America, 24 October 2013
(c) About our ruling party:
- Polarization and hot rhetoric conceal two similar political parties. Will we ever notice?, 29 October 2010
- Remember the old days, when the GOP and Dems advocated different policies? No longer, since the conservatives won., 5 August 2012
- At the Tampa Convention Right & Left display our great illness: Tribalism, 2 September 2012
- The votes were counted and one wing of our one ruling party won. Rejoice!, 8 November 2012
- The hidden major party, the key to political control of America, 9 November 2012
(d) Posts about the Republican Party:
- The evolution of the Republican Party has shaped America during the past fifty years, 8 May 2010
- Why Republicans Need Remedial Math: Their Budget Plans Explode the Deficit, 16 March 2012
- Let’s list the GOP’s problems. They’re all easily solvable, 12 November 2012
- The Republican Party is like America, and can quickly recover it strength, 14 November 2012
- A harsh clear look at the history of the Republican Party, 22 September 2013
- Most of what Democrats say is wrong about the Republicans’ recent actions in Congress, 1 October 2013
- Surveys look into the heart of GOP weirdness: belief in conspiracy theories, 3 October 2013
- A new political party for a New America: the Tea Party GOP, 9 October 2013
(e) Posts about the Democratic Party:
- Public employee unions – an anvil chained to the Democratic Party, 10 February 2013