Friday, December 25, 2009

Majority Favors Democratic Over Republican Policies

According to a CNN poll, a majority of Americans favors Democratic over Republican policies:

Despite the bruising battle over their health care reform proposals, congressional Democrats have maintained an advantage over their Republican counterparts on one key measure, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that a bare majority of Americans, 51 percent, believe that the Democrats' policies are good for the country, with 46 percent saying that those policies would take the country in the wrong direction.

By contrast, 53 percent of people questioned in the poll say that the GOP's polices would move the nation in the wrong direction, with 42 percent saying Republican policies are good for the country.

Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) biggest drop in favorability ratings has occurred among independents, who were essential to his victory over Ned Lamont in the 2006 Connecticut senatorial race:

"Lieberman's biggest decline - a 14-point drop - came among independents," [CNN polling director Keating] Holland says. "Only Republicans continue to like Lieberman."

(Chart: h/t Yglesias)

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