Poll Shows Democrats’ Popularity Slipping

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Poll shows Democrats' popularity slippingDespite their strong push on climate and healthcare reform, Democrats appear to be losing ground in recently published public opinion polls.

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, only 52 percent of registered voters would like to see their representatives re-elected next year, while just over 33 percent say that most members of Congress should be returned to office. These figures are among the lowest in the last 20 years, the organization says.

In addition, voters who plan to support Republicans in 2010 are more enthusiastic than those who plan to vote for a Democrat. The survey found that 58 percent of Republican voters are very enthusiastic about next year’s elections, as opposed to 42 percent of those who plan to vote Democratic.

CNN polling director Keating Holland commented that the results are not surprising as "the party that is out of power usually gets to play on offense, while the party in power is essentially playing defense."

The poll also found that the vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction the country is heading as nine out of 10 consider the national economic conditions to be fair or poor. Nearly two-thirds describe their own finances that way, the highest number since the summer of 1992.

Ever more Americans are also convinced the war in Afghanistan is not going well, and a plurality continues to oppose the healthcare reform proposals, the Pew Center has found.

Finally, recent opinion polls have found that increasingly many people disagree with President Obama’s policies, although they continue to like him personally.
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