We recently inquired about the cost of conducting a regular and scientific poll concerning the job approval of several state wide state officials and our congressional delegation as well as our upcoming contested statewide races in 2014. The cost is something that is doable if we a legitimate fundraiser for it. If you are an avid Delaware Liberal reader, commenter or lurker, or a raging Delaware politico, would you be willing to donate $25.00 towards getting some real polling results here in the Small Wonder? Take the poll…
Like Speaker Schwartzkopf, Senator Blevins enjoys a very good approval rating in our nonrandom, nonscientific internet poll. Two-thirds (66%) approve of her job performance, and among those approving, 73% do so strongly. Senator Blevins’ disapproval rate is 21%. 12% are just meh.
I am up in the wonderful Clarion, Pennsylvania on business today and tomorrow, so my presence here will be limited. But here is a polling fix to sooth the pain of the special election loss down in Florida (which was entirely predictable, as I said yesterday, since it has been a Republican district and seat since the Eisenhower Administration).
PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL BACK UP–A new Bloomberg Poll has President Obama’s job performance rating at 48%, a jump of 6% since December. His favorability rating is nearly the same, at 49%.
DEMS TAKE THE LEAD IN THE GENERIC BALLOT–A new Public Policy Polling survey finds the Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot, 43% to 40%, after trailing by two points in January.
“One key difference is that Democrats are at least happy with their own party in Congress, giving it a 66/21 approval, while Republicans give their own [party] a negative assessment at 43/48.”
So as the supposedly liberal media carps today about a coming Republican wave in November as predicted by last night’s loss in FL13, keep in mind that two prerequisites to any GOP Wave is presidential approval at or below 40% and a lead in the generic ballot. Neither of which favor the GOP at this point.
Yeah, it is true. Christie really couldn’t be any more vile or corrupt….
…the most damaging developments for Christie are closer to home. A New York Times investigation published Tuesday shows he’d turned the Port Authority “into a de facto political operation” even before Kelly declared it was “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” Christie used big Port Authority projects to win endorsement from Democrats and union leaders, and in a ghoulish touch, even handed out wreckage from the World Trade Center to reward mayors who backed him.
I suppose, if it turns out he is offering Baal human sacrifices during monthly Black Mass meetings of a Satanic cult in his basement, it could get a little worse for him. But at this point, only a touch worse.
Today is the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which pretty much encompasses all of Pinelas County on the St. Petersburg peninsula in Tampa Bay. The Republicans have held this seat for 58 years. Congressman Bill Young died late last year, and this special election is being held to replace him. Now, special elections in election years are important as they can, not always, but can be an indicator of things to come. Remember the great example of Harris Wofford being Dick Thornburg in the special election for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat in 1991. The surprise victory by an unknown Democrat over the Republican U.S. Attorney General was a sign of trouble coming for the GOP in 1992. I have already seen headlines from our so called liberal media that state if the Dems do not win this special election, it spells doom for them in 2014.
But, isn’t that the other way around? Remember, this seat has been in Republican hands, and has been deep red Republican territory, for the last 58 years. If a Democrat running in support of Obamacare wins there, does that not spell absolute devastation for the GOP? Well, a new Public Policy Polling survey in Florida’s 13th congressional district released last night finds Democrat Alex Sink leading David Jolly (R) by three points, 48% to 45%.
This looks cool. The guy is hiking 6,800 miles from Point Reyes, CA to Cape Henelopen along the American Discovery Trail. He’ll get to the Atlantic on March 15th. The Delaware Envirothon Planning Committee invites the public to an event welcoming Josh Seehorn, vice chair of the Georgia Envirothon, as he finishes his 6,800 mile […]
Your opinion on the job performance of Speaker Schwartzkopf:
Approve – 71%
Disapprove – 25%
Meh – 4%
Those who approve do so strongly– 3/4ths of the people who approve Speaker Schwartzkopf do so strongly. Meanwhile, 2/3rds of those who disapprove do so strongly. Pete riles the passions. Speaker Schwartzkopf takes the Most Popular Politician in Delaware away from Matt Denn.
Here are the results for Congressman John Carney:
Disapprove – 46%
Approve – 38%
Carney does not invoke strong feelings. People either approve, disapprove or are meh, but not strongly so.
A cursory look at the voting numbers in Delaware suggest plenty of room for growth for the DelDem party and the liberal movement. But, if they got their act together again, Republicans are not out of the picture. It is a function of who mobilizes to capitalize on this opportunity.
Bill Clinton’s sex life is still ratings gold for wingnuts. Rand Paul proved that yet again winning this year’s CPAC (Conference of Perpetually Angry Crazebags) straw poll in commanding fashion. One day after riveting a packed convention ballroom, tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) topped the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, his […]
It is basically official. Biden will be the straight-talking, blue collar, non-Clinton alternative to Ms. Clinton. So what if he is polling at 12% to Clinton’s 72%? He has always wanted to be the President of the United States and you have 0% chance of making the shots you don’t take.
Would he be a good President? Well, what’s your criteria? He would be better than any of the Republican alternatives, to be sure. Would he be better than Hilary Clinton? I guess we’ll be able to hear him make the case for why he would. In the process I only hope that he doesn’t load up the GOP with a lot of ammunition to use against her if (when?) he falls short.
Support for candidates who voted for the health-care law has improved dramatically in recent months, a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday shows. The survey found respondents almost exactly split on the question of whether they would be more or less likely to vote for a congressional candidate who supports the Affordable Care Act, with 34% saying they would be more likely to vote for the candidate and 36% saying they would be less likely to do so. Some 27% said it would not make a difference.
In November, during the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov, just 21% said a candidate’s support for the law would make them more likely to vote for them, compared to 37% who said it would make them less likely to do so. A much larger percentage—40%—were indifferent. The hardcore 36-37% opposed to the law and thus opposed to anyone who says anything good about the law stayed basically the same, with all change come from those who were indifferent, who now love the law enough to say it will make it more likely that they will support a candidate who supports Obamacare. That is a 14 point net swing. That is huge for only four months. Imagine where we might be in another, or July….
One of the things I value about Delaware Liberal is our community. This isn’t the first time I’ve reached out, and I doubt it will be the last. As I type this I am awaiting a call back from my father-in-law’s senior living apartment’s service coordinator. It’s decision time, which means I’m scrambling for information.
My father-in-law took a fall about a month ago. He seemed okay, and we were fortunate he was given a visiting nurse. I LOVE Medicare! Then yesterday, my phone rang. It was the EMTs calling. My FIL had fallen and was completely disoriented. He was refusing treatment and the EMT called me before they had to call the police – because my FIL HAD to go to the hospital. Of course, he did. I spoke to my FIL on the phone – Luckily, he recognized me – but he still refused to go to the hospital. I told him I was on my way over, then called my husband. By the time we got there the EMTs had finally gotten him on the stretcher. He’s now at the hospital and we’re awaiting test results. Those that have come back have indicated he has shingles, a UTI, occasional cardiac atrial fibrillation and has suffered a series of mini strokes. The hospital expects to keep him for three days.
So, here’s where I’m at, and where I turn to DL for advice.
Here are the results for Republican Senator Christine O’Donnell, oh wait, I’m sorry, Chris Coons:
Strongly Disapprove – 47%
Disapprove – 24%
So a grand total of 71% disapprove of the neocon coward. 27% approve. 2% had no opinion or were ‘meh.’ Chris, if I wanted a neocon reactionary I would have voted for the witch. If I wanted a spineless shadow craver I would have cloned Tom Carper. My God, it just occurred to me. We have elected the short version of Joe Lieberman.
Our 62 District Strategy Chart is updated as I have removed Rep. Darryl Scott and added Sean Lynn’s name there as candidate in the Democratic column. City Councilwoman Dorsey Walker has filed to primary Senator Bob Marshall in the 3rd Senate District. Does Senator Marshall retire, or face a much tougher primary this time around then he experienced last time. Representatives Bryon Short, Kim Williams, Larry Mitchell, and Earl Jaques have all filed for reelection. And Democrat Jeff Porter of Tavistock has filed to challenge Representative Debbie Hudson. Good. I was afraid I might have to run against her just to get a Democrat into the race.
There is also a bit of a joke in the chart. A joke I now hope to turn into a reality…
Also, will Delaware’s most popular politician really not be on the ballot in 2016?