Gallup poll shows Democratic party ratings at an all-time low
The Gallup poll is here. The report shows an across the board decline among Democrats, Indies and Republicans
Allahpundit notes that the leg down began early last summer, around the time that the great healthcare debate began:
One of the great what-ifs for future historians will be what might have happened if The One had held off on O-Care and focused instead on jobs and, say, deficit reduction. Would that have cemented the sweeping gains made by Democrats in 2006 and 2008? Would it have increased his political capital to the point where he’d now be in position to ram through an even more liberal health-care bill?
Maybe a bit presumptuous, as the healthcare bill was passed less than a month ago. But the implication is clear–ramming through an unpopular entitlement on a strictly partisan line should will be an albatross for the Democrat party. Definitely in November. But after November? The jury’s still out. Yes, clearly the alleged move to the left that was supposed to have happened in 2006-2008 never occurred and if it did, it’s all but crumbled.
Two caveats. First, never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory (and the Gallup report is not exactly kind to Republicans either). And second, never underestimate the American people’s growing affection for a new entitlement.