Democratic attacks on Republicans and the Tea Party for being too extreme are failing to sway voters, according to The Hill 2010 Midterm Elections Poll.
According to The Hill Poll, Only 15 percent of likely Democratic voters said they were voting to “ensure extreme right-wing candidates are not elected to Congress.” Independents, who are the largest bloc of undecided voters, and vital to Democrats if the party is to retain its House majority, are also unconvinced by warnings about extremism. Only 14 percent of said they would vote for a Democrat to avoid electing an extreme right-wing candidate while 11 percent said they would vote Republican to avoid electing an extreme left-wing candidate.
The Democrat’s most effective argument with independents is on protecting Social Security, healthcare and other benefits while Republicans’ most effective arguments are with fiscal issues — ensuring taxes don’t increase and government spending doesn’t become even more out of control than it already is.
Slapping the label “extremist” on Republicans is not enough to motivate Democratic voters but the extremism argument goes hand in hand with talking about issues like Social Security and making the case that many Tea Party candidates want to roll these benefits back.
A plurality of Democratic voters, 41 percent, said they will continue to support their party in order to give Obama “a chance to implement his programs.” 37 percent said they were voting Democratic to “protect our Social Security, healthcare and other benefits.”
Over the past six months Democrats have been both knocked off-message and seen shifting their message too often to establish a sustained appeal to either the party’s base or independent voters. You may remember the mosque situation in New York, the Arizona law suit over illegal immigration and more recently, the administration has tried to demonize the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accusing the business lobby of using foreign money to fund its 2010 political ad campaigns — a charge the Chamber strongly denies.
I mentioned, earlier this month in a previous article, that the political climate is about to get ugly and by the looks of things over the weekend, the gloves are off and the mudslinging has started with democrats hoping to throw enough mud on their opponents that some of it sticks before November 2.
Recent numbers have Republicans re-taking the House but the Senate seats are still in play and only you the voter can make this happen. Your vote does count so get out and vote November 2nd.