Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters Said No to Democrats' Sales Pitch

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters Said No to Democrats' Sales Pitch

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Byline: Star Parker

New Gallup polling on party favorability ratings should be useful reading for leaders of the Democratic Party who are still in denial about the meaning of the Republican sweep in the recent elections.

The percentage of Americans giving the Democratic Party a favorable rating is at an all-time low - 36 percent. It's below the current 42 percent favorable rating of the Republican Party.

It's notable that Democrats are increasingly unhappy with their own party. Whereas now 81 percent of Democrats give a favorable rating to their own party, this is 14 points below the 95 percent where it stood in December 2012.


Also of note are independents. The favorability rating of the Democratic Party by independents now stands at 25 percent, compared to 42 percent in December 2012.

A Gallup poll published at the beginning of this year showed the percentage of Americans identifying as independent at a record high 42 percent.

Democrat favorability in October stood at 42 percent compared to the current 36 percent. What happened?

According to polls, in October Americans said that the economy was the most important issues, and today they still say the economy is the most important issue.

The current rate of unemployment remains above where it was before the recession began in 2008, as is the case with the overall percentage of Americans currently working.

But the economic news is improving, although much more slowly than anyone would prefer.

So why the big drop in Democrat approval in just one month?

I think a lot has to do with the message the Democratic Party delivered nationwide in this election.

For lack of something of substance to tell the American people, Democrats ran a campaign of hate, blame and division.

Not only did this not help win votes for Democrats, it lowered the esteem in the eyes of the American people for the Democratic Party. …

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