Republicans are energized, Democrats not 

 

The Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies in its blog has highlighted some numbers which illuminate the current political scene: Republicans and, to a lesser extent, Independents are following the news much more closely than Democrats. They compare current numbers with those recorded in 2005, the last year-after-a-presidential-election, and note that 41% of Republicans are watching the news closely, while only 30% of Democrats are. You get the feeling that many Democrats, energized and enthusiastic during the 2008 campaign, have now returned back to their private lives, while Republicans, appalled at what they believe are the disastrous big government policies of the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders, are paying close heed. POS’s appropriately cautious conclusion:
 
“Republicans don’t have the wind at their back as the Democrats did last election cycle…yet. But if the Obama Administration continues with its big government, big spending agenda they could well be paying the price next November when Republicans and Independents show up to register their dissatisfaction.”

 

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