Skip to comments.Daily Kos poll suggests Union movement no match for TEA Party
Posted on 04/26/2011 5:08:22 PM PDT by library user
By request, I took a look at this poll by PPP for Daily Kos and SEIU. Markos Moulitsas himself is hyping the poll as showing an enthusiasm gap, which of course was one big indicator of the electoral wipeout we saw in 2010.
I think that hes right, to a degree. However I read the figures as having two conclusions: First, the TEA party effect is still there, and Republicans are slightly more engaged than Democrats at this early point in the cycle. Second, the Union activism of this year is not having the same engagement effect with Democrats, that the TEA party, the ARRA, and the PPACA had with Republicans.
The key numbers in question: 420 Democrats were polled in this sample of registered voters nationwide, for an MoE of 4.8. 340 Republicans were polled for an MoE of 5.3. The excitement figures: 52% of Democrats are very excited, 31% are somewhat excited, and 17% are not at all excited. For Republicans it goes to 61%, 25%, and 14%. I estimate that theres an 81% chance that Republicans have a non-zero advantage among the very excited, and a 61% chance of a non-zero advantage among those who are at all excited. So I conclude this polls hows that Republicans have an engagement advantage over Democrats, per this poll.
Further, union activism around events in Wisconsin and other states has not evened up the parties. In fact, the Republican advantage among all excited voters was a deficit last month. Look at the poll taken five weeks earlier. At that time it was 381 Democrats (MoE 5.0), 371 Republicans (MoE 5.1). For Democrats enthusiasm was at 57/30/13, and for Republicans it was at 63/21/16. So in the last month weve seen Democrats shift down the enthusiasm spectrum about as much as Republicans have. In March the chance of a Republican advantage among the most excited I have at 72% (vs 81% this month), and among all those excited the Democrats were up 87-84, or a 62% chance for Democrats to have a true advantage (61% for Republicans this month).
So Im forced to conclude, based on the movement of the Kos/SEIU poll that whatever bump in enthusiasm Democrats may have gotten over Wisconsin is not lasting, and what appeared to some to be a revival of unionism in America is not shaping up to be a left-wing counterweight to the right-wing TEA party. Republicans have more intense excitement about defeating Barack Obama than do Democrats have in re-electing him, and the trend is in the wrong direction for Democrats.
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control, and I think I like it.
The union movement is artificial and like astro-turf it cannot grow. Obama is doing absolutely NOTHING to help out the average person and everyone except the most rabid Marxist sees it.
My anger towards the Golfer In Chief actually increases every year and has not subsided one damn bit. I hate unions and liberals now more than ever. Yeah...the word is effing HATE.
it’s called enabling the base annd hyping up the bogeyman. In order to distract from what Unions are up to, the need a strong tea party hyped up.
Note that you may have already fell for the moral equivalency between the two.
The Republican nominee will be thoroughly demonized, and the Leftists will crawl over broken glass to reelect 0bama next year. Count on it.
We’re gonna need all of the enthusiasm of last year, and MORE to remove him from office. Prepare accordingly!
Methinks the Organizer in Cheif was installed in office for one purpose, to agitate the country into CWII.
Its sort of like having a dead animal in the attic that you can’t find. Every day is the faint smell of death.
I am voting for Bachman..she is the only Republican I have heard use the words Constitutionsl Republic. Was interesting how I was thinking about it the other day and said to myself if anyone uses those two words has my vote.
I don’t think she merely talks the talk but also walks the walk.
Markos Moulitsas himself is hyping the poll as showing an enthusiasm gap, which of course was one big indicator of the electoral wipeout we saw in 2010... First, the TEA party effect is still there, and Republicans are slightly more engaged than Democrats at this early point in the cycle. Second, the Union activism of this year is not having the same engagement effect with Democrats, that the TEA party, the ARRA, and the PPACA had with Republicans.
I was talking to a left leaning fellow that works in my company. He is in a union, they guys voted to go union because they offered them a straight up $9hr raise. They are finding out that almost all of that gets eaten up by union dues, extra training they have to get and pay some for, and the health insurance they have is more difficult to work with than what the rest of us have. A lot of his coworkers are regretting going union.
2012 `We Are Your Overlords’ National Tour:
Astroturf versus genuine grass roots.
LOL! Gosh, it’s been so long since I’ve seen that vid. I bet the guy at RatherGood is beside himself what a symbol it’s become on FR.
Yes $4 gas a gallon and milk nearly the same price does have that effect on people.
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