Gallup has some good news and some really bad news for President Obama
The survey finds that more Americans still identify themselves as Democrats (31%) than call themselves Republicans.
Now, the bad news:
That 31% ties the lowest annual average of Democrats since 1988, when fellow Harvard Law alum Michael Dukakis got thumped by the first Bush to become president.
In fact, in the 717 days since Beyonce sang "Moon River" or something to this dancing Democrat, the percentage of Americans identifying as members of his party has declined five points, or almost 14 percent, from where it was. No wonder he smokes cigarettes.
Worse, Gallup finds that the percentage of Democratic-identifiers has fallen to where it's now only two points above (whisper) Republicans.
Additionally, things have gone so well changing the harsh partisan tone of Washington, as Obama promised, that more folks are fleeing into calling themselves "independents" (38%). That's what Americans do when they're too embarrassed to say what party they secretly favor.
People can only speculate on the mysterious reasons for the Dem decline -- high....
The real reason for his political "shellacking" in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, the president explains, is that he did not have a chance to adequately explain administration policies during the 172 trips he took on Air Force One and the 196 trips he took aboard the Marine One helicopter during the 365 days of 2010. The president plans to get out more this year, aides say.
Meanwhile, another new national survey finds that "conservative" has become the most positive political label among Americans, while those seeing "Tea Party" as a negative have dropped from 38% down to 31% just since September.
The 42% who see "conservative" as a positive is nearly double the 22% who see "progressive" as a positive. When the word "liberal" developed a bad taste in recent years, "progressive" became the preferred euphemism. But now even it is viewed negatively by 34%.
The poll calls these findings "a continuing downward trend for progressive," which as recently as the 2008 election year was more popular than "conservative." And does anyone need a reminder which Bush to blame for that?
-- Andrew Malcolm
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