It's not a phenomenon restricted to politics.ie, which is more a symptom then the cause, whereby commentators seem to disregard actual evidence of things looking bad for the Democrats in the upcoming elections, preferring to deal in more fluid things like hopes, beliefs and feelings rather than, well... reality.
Despite countless polls showing a number of unpalatable opinions which don't support what one may wish to believe we get fluffy nonsense and spin. More spinning than the test lab at a washing machine factory.
Alas, despite all this, the bad news keeps coming, be it in special elections where the unthinkable happened to the upcoming elections in November where the GOP are in a position to take back the House and, if the sun shines, the Senate too.
The latest comes from the, soon to be Relublican biased, Associated Press-GfK Poll.
- Independents prefer Republican candidates 52 percent to 36 percent for Democrats.
- Among likely voters this gap grows to 62 (+10) percent for Republican candidstes to 29 (-7) percent for Democrat Candidates.
- Only one third say the country is moving in the right direction
- Despite three quarters of independents polled being unhappy with Congress now, only one third say they want the Democrats in control of Congress next year
- 58 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said politics is making them angry. Only 31 percent of Democrats said the same. A similar line is followed on feeling/sentiments such as disguested disappointed, depressed and frustrated.
Why independents prefer Republicans, a new poll - CSMonitor.comIndependents' dismal views of the country's direction and their negative ratings of the president and Congress mirror the midterm elections in 2006 when President George W. Bush was in office and the GOP controlled Congress, as measured by an AP-Ipsos Poll that September. That suggests the gloomy mood that swept Republicans from congressional control that year could work against Democrats this fall.
The poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications from Sept. 8-13, using landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points for adults and 6.4 percentage points for independents.