New polling of swing House Districts looks grim for Dems




I heard the piece on this new polling on NPR this morning. It was painful enough, but having FOX News contributor Mara Liaisson do the report on it was too much. I’m sure Mara’s pals at FOX will love this new info.

NPR had a bipartisan team conduct a poll of 70 swing House Districts — and the results weren’t pretty. The word “toxic” was used to describe the findings:

For this poll, [Republican] Bolger and [Democrat] Greenberg chose the districts where incumbents are considered the most vulnerable, and, in the case of open seats, the ones most likely to switch party control in November. Sixty are currently held by Democrats — many of whom won these seats even when voters in the same district preferred Republican John McCain for president in 2008. The other 10 districts are the flip side — held by Republicans in the House, even though their voters went for Barack Obama in 2008.

These are this year’s swing seats — the political terrain where the battle for control of the House of Representatives will be won or lost. In this battleground, voters are choosing Republicans over Democrats 49 percent to 41 percent.

Not good.

And, the news that isn’t news is the lack of intensity on the Democratic side:

Bolger says the NPR poll has more evidence of a trend that’s been apparent all year: Republican-leaning voters are energized, while the intensity seems to have leached out of the Democratic ranks.

“When you look at the generic ballot for Congress in the Democrat-held seats, the Republican is up by 5 [points]. But among those who rate their interest as 8 to 10, you know, the high-interest voters, the Republican leads in those Democratic seats 53 to 39.

“And what that means is that is in a close election, the Republican enthusiasm will put Republicans over the top, just like in ’06 and ’08, the Democratic enthusiasm put the Democrats over the top.”

The full results can be found here. A listing of the 70 Districts that were included in the poll can be found in the pdf document titled, NPR Survey Graphs.


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