Voters aren’t buying the “blame Bush” strategy
Democrats have spent the last couple of months trying to beat Republicans by reminding voters of George W. Bush, despite fact that Democrats have held control of Congress since 2007 and President Barack Obama has effectively taken ownership of the economy, Iraq and Afghanistan. They’re even having trouble lining up college voters.
A new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC shows that voters aren’t buying that message. According to the numbers, 58% of voters believe that Republicans “will have different ideas for how to deal with the economy, while 35% believe that they’ll return to the policies of George W. Bush.
On the other side, 62% believe that Democrats, should they remain in control of Congress, will continue to fall in line with Barack Obama, while only 32% believe otherwise.
Those aren’t numbers you can win on and the White House knows it, which is why they are “panicking” about the mid-term election. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) knows he has to stay away from Obama, but Rep. Joe Sestak is embracing him in a state where 58% of voters disapprove of the president, including 70% of independents.
Also, 62% percent of voters surveyed say that they prefer a government with different parties in control of the presidency and Congress (divided government). I’m glad to see that number.