Although you wouldn’t know it from the lack of media coverage, or even the AP’s own write-up of the poll (which gives new meaning to the phrase “buried lead”), a new Associated Press-GfK poll offers nothing but harrowing news for Democrats and the media who love them.
Buried in the “pox on both houses” rhetoric we’re hearing from the media, what you will find in a little place I like to call Reality are the actual numbers, which show consequential movement towards the GOP on almost every issue voters are most concerned with.
On the question of who voters would rather see win control of Congress, since May, Democrats have lost a 6 point 31-37% advantage. Both parties are now tied at 33% — a full 6 point shift towards the GOP in just 6 weeks..
Since May, on the issue of handling the economy, the public has moved 4 points towards the GOP: a 25-27% advantage has now grown to 30-24%. On the federal budget, the GOP is up a full 5 points, 28-23%. On healthcare, the GOP has cut the Democrats advantage from 8 to just 5 points, 27-32%.
On the question of who should handle immigration, there has been a complete flip to the GOP. In May Democrats led 29-23%; today the GOP leads 29-25%. On managing the federal government, Republicans lead 27-24%; when it comes to protecting the country the GOP nearly doubles Democrats with 33-18% advantage.
When it comes to handling America’s image abroad and handling an international crisis, the GOP leads by 24-27% and 29-20%, respectively.
While the media try to save Obama’s final two years in office by focusing on birth control and gay marriage, at 87% and 76% levels, the public rates the issues of the economy and federal budget as “extremely or very important.”
Immigration sits at 66% (an issue only New Media is covering); healthcare 77%, and gas prices 67%.
Meanwhile, the stories dominating the news, Israel and the Ukraine, rate only 42% and 38%.
The media is wholly unconcerned with the big issues huge majorities care about. Regardless, on every one of those issues, the public is moving towards Republicans.
The momentum is with the GOP and no amount of “it’s an anti-incumbent electorate” anti-science talk will change that.
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