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Poll: GOP's House Win Was Rejection of the Democrats, Not a Mandate

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Poll: GOP's House Win Was Rejection of the Democrats, Not a Mandate

Americans overwhelmingly say that the midterm election results that gave Republicans control of the House represented a rejection of the Democrats and not a mandate for the GOP, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted Nov. 11-14. (Story; Poll data).

Seventy percent of those surveyed said the results were a rejection of Democratic rule in the House while 17 percent called it a mandate for Republicans. Eight percent answered "neither" and 5 percent had no opinion.

Not sure we needed a poll to tell us this. File under, 'stuff we already knew'.
 

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It was why I voted Republican. :shrug:

Not sure we needed a poll to tell us this. File under, 'stuff we already knew'.

Then we don't need this thread, either.
 

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I agree, its not a mandate for all things conversative.

It is however a rejection of:

Obama's attempt at further government involvement in health care
The Democratic Congresses bailouts and "stimulus"
Obama and the Democrat's desire to raise taxes
Obama and the Democratic Congresses spending and expansion of entitlements
Obama and the Democratic Congresses attempts at things like cap and trade

So yeah, if Republicans read this wrong and go balls to the walls social conservative then they'll be booted too. If they go conservative in the fiscal and governmental ways that are opposite of the things that the Democrats had vigorously rejected then they'll be fine.
 

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I agree, its not a mandate for all things conversative.

It is however a rejection of:

Obama's attempt at further government involvement in health care
The Democratic Congresses bailouts and "stimulus"
Obama and the Democrat's desire to raise taxes
Obama and the Democratic Congresses spending and expansion of entitlements
Obama and the Democratic Congresses attempts at things like cap and trade

So yeah, if Republicans read this wrong and go balls to the walls social conservative then they'll be booted too. If they go conservative in the fiscal and governmental ways that are opposite of the things that the Democrats had vigorously rejected then they'll be fine.
You are dead wrong on health care, polls at the time showed high approval for the PUBLIC OPTION. They are less than thrilled by essentially a Republican solution that was put in place by Mitt Romney is Massachusetts and proposed nationally by the likes of Nixon and Bob Dole.
 

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And Bob Dole removed his support for the proposal, which I'm sure the talking points blog that you got your comment from failed to point out, for the same reason many American's are wanting health care repealed...because once the cost and scope of it was made apparent for it it look like a horrendous option and was roundly abandoned.
 

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You are dead wrong on health care, polls at the time showed high approval for the PUBLIC OPTION. They are less than thrilled by essentially a Republican solution that was put in place by Mitt Romney is Massachusetts and proposed nationally by the likes of Nixon and Bob Dole.

To modern conservatives, Nixon was a socialist.
 

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It was why I voted Republican. :shrug:

Which is to say, I voted Republican to stop Democrats, so I don't find this poll surprising.
 

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Poll: Election not a republican mandate

Washington (CNN) - Americans approve of the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in the midterms, but only one in six say the election results were a mandate for the GOP, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating has rebounded from an all time low in September, but is still below 50 percent.

Full Results after the jump:

Full results (pdf)

Fifty-two percent of people questioned in the poll say that Republican control of the House will be good for the country, with 39 percent saying it will be bad for the country. The GOP won a net gain of at least 60 seats in the House (with six contests still unresolved) to win back the chamber after four years of control by the Democrats.

But only one in three thinks the Republicans will do a better job than the Democrats in running the House, with just over one in five saying the GOP will do a worse job, and 44 percent saying there won't be much difference.

Only 32 percent say the new Congress will get more done that the current one, with just over one in four saying it will accomplish less, and 41 percent saying it won't make a difference.

Only 17 percent say the election results were a mandate for the GOP, with seven in ten saying that the midterms were more a rejection of the Democrats' policies.

"That's the classic pattern in elections like these," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In 1994, the last time the Republicans bumped the Democrats from power on Capitol Hill, only 18 percent thought that those midterms elections were a mandate for the GOP. In 2006, when the Democrats took control, only 27 percent thought that was a mandate for the Dems. Most Americans seem to believe that these elections were 'throw-the-bums-out' events."

According to the survey, 43 percent of the public has a favorable opinion of the Republican party, with 48 percent saying they see the GOP in an unfavorable way. Forty-six percent say they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, with 48 percent saying they see the Democrats in a unfavorable light.

"Unlike 1994, the last time the Republicans bumped the Democrats from power on Capitol Hill, the GOP takes over without the American public solidly behind it. The Republican party's 43 percent favorable rating is the lowest that number has been since the fall of 2009," adds Holland.

If Americans dislike both parties so much, is there room for a third party?

"Americans are split over whether they would like to see the Tea Party movement become a third political party that would run candidates against the Democrats and Republicans - 48 percent would like to see that, 48 percent would not," says Holland.

But despite the success of many Tea Party backed candidates in the midterm elections, the poll indicates unfavorable views of the movement increased by five points, to 42 percent, since late October, while there was little change in the favorable rating, currently at 38 percent.

According to the survey, 48 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing as president, with 50 percent saying they disapprove. The 48 percent approval rating is up six points from September, when Obama was at an all time low of 42 percent in CNN polling.

Thirty-eight say they disapprove of Obama because he's too liberal, with nine percent saying they disapprove because he's not liberal enough.

"Obama's marks on domestic policy are still low, particularly on the federal deficit and the economy. But he continues to get his best marks on foreign affairs and terrorism, and his overseas trip immediately after the midterm elections - whether by chance or design - sent images back to the U.S. of Obama looking presidential in a foreign setting that may have helped his standing with the public," adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 11-14, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Check out CNN's new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data of any news organization in the political landscape.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

I love it. With all the republican congress critters crowing and gloating the American people voted for them because it was a republican mandate... apparently it isn't so. Repubs you better get your act together or there will be another flip. :lamo:lamo::lamo


CNN Poll: Election not a mandate for GOP – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs
 

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Re: Poll: Election not a republican mandate

There was no Republican "mandate" just like there was no Democrat mandate when the Dems won a majority in the House and Senate under Bush. America is a centrist nation and as one party goes too extreme Americans will vote against them to bring things back more towards the center. The Democrats moves to far to the left and did things that are unpopular with the majority of Americans. What this was was a mass rejection of the Democrats liberal agenda and a judement that the Republican's agenda is the lesser of two evils. But then of course you will still have the voters who are conservative/liberal and will always vote for their party. There was no flat out embrace of conservatism, but a rejection of liberalism and the Democrat's agenda. We'll see what the future has to hold.
 

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Re: Poll: Election not a republican mandate

There was no Republican "mandate" just like there was no Democrat mandate when the Dems won a majority in the House and Senate under Bush. America is a centrist nation and as one party goes too extreme Americans will vote against them to bring things back more towards the center. The Democrats moves to far to the left and did things that are unpopular with the majority of Americans. What this was was a mass rejection of the Democrats liberal agenda and a judement that the Republican's agenda is the lesser of two evils. But then of course you will still have the voters who are conservative/liberal and will always vote for their party. There was no flat out embrace of conservatism, but a rejection of liberalism and the Democrat's agenda. We'll see what the future has to hold.
You do realize that polls indeed found that more people nowaday call themselves conservatives then in recent past, where the liberals have held steady.
 

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Re: Poll: Election not a republican mandate

There was no Republican "mandate" just like there was no Democrat mandate when the Dems won a majority in the House and Senate under Bush. America is a centrist nation and as one party goes too extreme Americans will vote against them to bring things back more towards the center. The Democrats moves to far to the left and did things that are unpopular with the majority of Americans. What this was was a mass rejection of the Democrats liberal agenda and a judement that the Republican's agenda is the lesser of two evils. But then of course you will still have the voters who are conservative/liberal and will always vote for their party. There was no flat out embrace of conservatism, but a rejection of liberalism and the Democrat's agenda. We'll see what the future has to hold.

That makes sense but I don't see how staying in two wars is "too liberal" by any means.
 

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Re: Poll: Election not a republican mandate

Washington (CNN) - Americans approve of the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in the midterms, but only one in six say the election results were a mandate for the GOP, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that President Barack Obama's approval rating has rebounded from an all time low in September, but is still below 50 percent.

Full Results after the jump:

Full results (pdf)

Fifty-two percent of people questioned in the poll say that Republican control of the House will be good for the country, with 39 percent saying it will be bad for the country. The GOP won a net gain of at least 60 seats in the House (with six contests still unresolved) to win back the chamber after four years of control by the Democrats.

But only one in three thinks the Republicans will do a better job than the Democrats in running the House, with just over one in five saying the GOP will do a worse job, and 44 percent saying there won't be much difference.

Only 32 percent say the new Congress will get more done that the current one, with just over one in four saying it will accomplish less, and 41 percent saying it won't make a difference.

Only 17 percent say the election results were a mandate for the GOP, with seven in ten saying that the midterms were more a rejection of the Democrats' policies.

"That's the classic pattern in elections like these," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In 1994, the last time the Republicans bumped the Democrats from power on Capitol Hill, only 18 percent thought that those midterms elections were a mandate for the GOP. In 2006, when the Democrats took control, only 27 percent thought that was a mandate for the Dems. Most Americans seem to believe that these elections were 'throw-the-bums-out' events."

According to the survey, 43 percent of the public has a favorable opinion of the Republican party, with 48 percent saying they see the GOP in an unfavorable way. Forty-six percent say they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, with 48 percent saying they see the Democrats in a unfavorable light.

"Unlike 1994, the last time the Republicans bumped the Democrats from power on Capitol Hill, the GOP takes over without the American public solidly behind it. The Republican party's 43 percent favorable rating is the lowest that number has been since the fall of 2009," adds Holland.

If Americans dislike both parties so much, is there room for a third party?

"Americans are split over whether they would like to see the Tea Party movement become a third political party that would run candidates against the Democrats and Republicans - 48 percent would like to see that, 48 percent would not," says Holland.

But despite the success of many Tea Party backed candidates in the midterm elections, the poll indicates unfavorable views of the movement increased by five points, to 42 percent, since late October, while there was little change in the favorable rating, currently at 38 percent.

According to the survey, 48 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing as president, with 50 percent saying they disapprove. The 48 percent approval rating is up six points from September, when Obama was at an all time low of 42 percent in CNN polling.

Thirty-eight say they disapprove of Obama because he's too liberal, with nine percent saying they disapprove because he's not liberal enough.

"Obama's marks on domestic policy are still low, particularly on the federal deficit and the economy. But he continues to get his best marks on foreign affairs and terrorism, and his overseas trip immediately after the midterm elections - whether by chance or design - sent images back to the U.S. of Obama looking presidential in a foreign setting that may have helped his standing with the public," adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted November 11-14, with 1,014 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Check out CNN's new Polling Center, which provides the most comprehensive polling data of any news organization in the political landscape.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

I love it. With all the republican congress critters crowing and gloating the American people voted for them because it was a republican mandate... apparently it isn't so. Repubs you better get your act together or there will be another flip. :lamo:lamo::lamo


CNN Poll: Election not a mandate for GOP – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

I think the only mandate from the people, was for the government to stop trying to take total control and get the **** outta the way, so the private sector could go back to making money, again. I doubt very seriously that anyone voted for a Conservative/Republican, because they wanted an even larger nanny state.

I think the reason that Leftists are confused, is because they still think that everything can be fixed through legislation; and they're very confused, by thinking that everyone else in the country thinks that, too.
 

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Re: Poll: Election not a republican mandate

They better damn well realize it wasn't a repub mandate.

I didn't vote for a repub to see the same crap under different people - I want to see different crap.
 

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