Despite the efforts of the tea party’s billionaire sugar daddies and the Chamber of Commerce’s foreign donors, good polling news continues to come for the Democrats. Two polls released today both showed the Democrats have a 47-44% lead in the generic Congressional ballot among all registered voters.
The first poll, from the Pew Research Center, focused on voting preferences and views of Latino voters and found that registered Latino voters prefer Democrats over Republicans by 43 points, 65-22%. Only 6% of Latino voters believed that Republicans have more concern than Democrats for issues facing Hispanics. The only bad news in the poll was that only 50% of registered Latino voters currently plan to vote. Fortunately, we still have a month of canvassing, phonebanking, and other grassroots organizing to get that percentage up.
The second poll, from the Public Religion Research Institute, focused on the views of and support for the tea party and provided numerous pieces of good news for progressive Democrats, including:
- Only 11% of Americans consider themselves part of the tea party and for the most part these folks are just conservative Republicans.
- 31% of voters are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the tea party, while only 24% are more like to vote for such candidate. This is good news given the number of tea party candidates who have been nominated by the Republicans.
- 54% of voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported health care reform. This is why it is good that candidates like Senator Russ Feingold in Wisconsin are running on their vote in favor of health care reform
- 55% of voters have a very or mostly favorable view of President Obama, compared to only 43% who have such a view of President George W. Bush.
- 56% of Americans believe that people making more than $1 million per year pay too little in taxes, which is good news given that Republicans are holding tax relief for incomes below $250,000 hostage in order to get further tax cuts for millionaires.
- 64% of Americans support marriage equality or at least civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
- 58% of Americans support allowing undocumented immigrants to earn legal status and an opportunity for citizenship in the future.
- 67% of Americans support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.00 per hour. This is good news for Democratic candidates like Joe Sestak, running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, who co-sponsored legislation to increase the minimum wage while his opponent voted against an increase.
The conservative media, of course, will likely not cover these polls in any favorable way. Therefore, it is up to us to get the message out that Democrats are going to do far better this November than the conservative media claims, in large part because the majority of the American people support the positions of progressive Democrats on the issues. So, as usual, find a local Democratic candidate to volunteer for, write a letter to the editor, and talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about why we need to keep progressive Democratic majorities in November.