Voting for regime change: Tired of George W. Bush’s lies, hubris, bullying, nonreading and the sound of his voice, Americans are ready to cast their votes to get rid of him and his corrupt cronies and toadies in Congress.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds:
Nine months before the midterm elections, the Democrats hold a sizable lead in the congressional horse race and an advantage on most major issues. Democrats lead by 50 percent-41 percent among registered voters in the test ballot, which is little changed from last September (52 percent-40 percent).
While retaining a huge advantage on traditional party strengths like the environment and health care, Democrats also are seen as better able to handle the economy (by 46 percent-36 percent) and reform the federal government (42 percent-29 percent). Terrorism, and to a lesser extent crime, remain the GOP’s only strong issues among 12 tested in the survey.More registered voters see their congressional choice as a vote ‘against’ Bush
- More registered voters see their congressional choice as a vote “against” Bush. Currently, 31 percent say they view their ballot as a vote against the president, compared with 18 percent who say they see it as a vote for the president. In February 2002, just 9 percent of voters said they were voting ‘against’ Bush, while 34 percent said they were voting “for” the president.
- Democrats have advantage on issues, but not leadership. Slightly more Americans say the GOP has better political leaders (by 41 percent-37 percent).
- Majority says congressional corruption is nothing new. Six-in-ten say these problems are no different than in the past, compared with 36 percent who believe that corruption is more common today. By 31 percent to 14 percent, more people say the Republican Party has greater involvement than the Democratic Party in congressional corruption. But fully a third (34 percent) volunteer that both parties are equally involved in corruption.
- A growing number says health care system needs repair. About a third (32 percent) think the health care system should be completely rebuilt, up from 21 percent a year ago; another 46 percent say the health care system needs major changes.
- Public satisfaction with the news media has rebounded. Currently 59 percent express a favorable opinion of the news media, up from 43 percent in December 2004. In addition, a solid majority (56 percent) says it is more important for the news media to report stories they feel are in the national interest, while just 34 percent believe it is more important for the government to censor news stories on national security grounds. In February 2003, somewhat fewer (50 percent) backed the media’s right to report.