Thursday, January 6, 2011

The First Walker Favorability Poll

From PPP:
Some of the newly elected Governors- Rick Scott in Florida in particular but also John Kasich in Ohio and Scott Walker in Wisconsin- are not particularly popular though.


Walker and Kasich both have worse numbers than they did in our polls right before the election. Walker's favorability is a 41/49 spread and Kasich's is 36/40. One key reason for the disparity? We're now polling all registered voters in the states, not just 2010 likely voters as we were the last three months before the election. There was a steep drop in Democratic turnout compared to 2008 in both of those states that was a key part of the Republican victories and those Democrats who didn't vote aren't real big on their new Governors.

Only 12% of Democrats in Ohio have a favorable opinion of Kasich compared to 65% with an unfavorable one. And in Wisconsin just 7% rate Walker favorably to 85% with a negative opinion. They don't have anywhere close to the sort of crossover appeal that folks like Sandoval and Mead do, and as a result they don't go into office particularly popular.
Yeah, it's a Dem polling firm and blah blah blah, but numbers are numbers and these are first of Walker's term.


CJ said...

"...and those Democrats who didn't vote aren't real big on their new Governors."

Well they can suck wind and deal. Maybe next time they'll get off their lazy duffs and VOTE.


Stewie Sucks Wind said...

The behavior of the Democrats made absolutely zero sense to me this last go-round. As a trend I seem to be seeing more sturm und drang AFTER an issue - more PR about the HSR train AFTER it has been trashed than before (much much more PR in that case). And there's more passionate "campaigning" NOW than there was before the election. It's like, lacking cohesiveness and a sense of intense conviction while in power, they do much better in times of not having any. Like the machine runs flawlessly in "Things Would Be Better If We Were In Charge" mode, but then when they falls apart or at best wobbles.

When I saw the announcement that there are 15,000 or whatever it was Democratic Volunteers ready to mobilize" (to do what exactly? be disgruntled? emphasize that they lost and lost big to Complete Fuckin Idiots all around the nation?) Or now, to provide easy targets for Lock and Load Lobotomized Patriotism?

The Republican party has evolved radically since I was young, the Democrats, not. They have "tweaked" ever so slightly, kind of involuntarily, just pulled along in the national shift to the Right. All this behavior in WI over the Walker Governorship just illustrates that Democrats are now just Reactors, responding to the the neo-liberals who are still all setting the dialogue and setting the course.
So IMO as far as sucking wind and dealing with a relentless shift to an increasingly extremist Right...that's pretty much been the routine for a long time now. I remember when the Moral Majority first announced it was going to seize the reigns of power and shift the nation back in the early 80s. People laughed. I sure did. Now it's open season on "Libs" and there's no one to stand up to the U.S version of the Taliban. They're just too good at what they do, they resonate too well with what is lurking in the minds of too many Americans and frankly Public Education has failed in a massive level over the last few decades for this amazing "re-interpretation" of American Civics to even take hold..Since so many people have no clue about the things that just "aren't done" they're all running around doing them and it's just lower-level mob rule.
How is it that THIS many Americans are THIS ignorant and THIS disrespectful of basic democratic processes and how is it that they are THIS easily exploitable? Theoretically, this "shouldn't" even be happening here. Yeah, it's all about the benjamins,'s not like the goddam Founding Fathers hadn't known about a powerful moneyed elite, not like they hadn't seen the machinations of a gilded nobility. The whole shootin match was supposedly set-up IN OPPOSITION to that influence of money. THEY HAD MONEY IN OLD ENGLAND.
Either "we" have screwed up mightily as a nation OR there are not sufficient checks and balances enough to counter-act human nature and the lust for power and limitless wealth. Which would mean in either case that Democracy is mere poetry and a lofty illusion from Day One, or that it inevitably fails given enough time.
Option Three- both are true.

CJ said...

Getting the Democrats to focus and stay on a message is like corraling cats.

As the erudite betower of truth, Stewie said, the Republican are good at what they do. They create a message and stick to it in lock step, regardless of truth.
Along the way, they work every fear, every emotion of bothe the uninformed and those moderately so. Like Stewie said, they are really good at what they do. Buying up the airwaves to promote their message doesn't hurt either.