Thursday, December 18, 2008



Trust in GOP Reaches Record Low
Just 23 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle the main problems facing the nation, the lowest level reached by either party in surveys dating back to 1982.

A majority, 56 percent, trust the Democrats to handle the nation's top issues over the next few years, also a record in Post-ABC polling. But the GOP's recent losses have not translated into big Democratic gains, instead the proportion who trust neither party has climbed to 15 percent.

Trust in the GOP has fallen nine points since May, driven by a 19-point decline among conservatives. Nearly one in five in that group said they trust neither party.

Among independents, nearly twice as many said they trust neither party to cope with the nation's problems than trust Republicans - 28 percent to 17 percent. Nearly half - 46 percent - have more confidence in the Democrats, down seven points since May.

Republicans last held a significant advantage on this question in 2002.

Conservatives Pulling Away On Party Trust
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Dec. 2008

By Jennifer Agiesta | December 18, 2008
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I'm sure after the Dems have their turn at running the Federal Govt for awhile their numbers will head south too.

Posted by: lorddunsmore | December 18, 2008 9:27 AM

The economy is imploding by design so the globalist bankers can own and run everything. The issue is no longer which party can best manage the economy since both ignored warning signals. Madoff made off with billions right under their noses and overinflated egos. Will somebody please listen to Ron Paul??

Posted by: Freedomman | December 18, 2008 9:54 AM

You liberals and leftists at the Post should enjoy your victory now because your Messiah Obama will lead this country into economic ruin. Socialism never has and never will work in the long run. Within three years, most of those who voted for your master and leader Obama will have deep regrets. Buyers remorse will cover the land.

Posted by: walterndebby | December 18, 2008 10:43 AM

The public's lack of trust in the GOP is well earned.

Posted by: steveh46 | December 18, 2008 11:03 AM

Now that the Republicans, who have devolved into a regional party of the no-thinking southern states, have declared war on any member of the working middle class who can afford a car, send a kid to college or otherwise try and live a normal life, the poll results are not surprising. Indeed, as Republican Senators try to erase whatever gains in prosperity American workers have achieved over the years, the arguments coming from Shelby, Corker and their ilk are repugnant. If these slugs just want to be a couple of gofers for the ruling class, maybe they ought to move to China. They can beat up on all the peasants they want. What does the head of Wal-Mart make...$17,000.00 an hour? What do these anti-middle class Senators feel about that? What next, a roll back in the minimum wage so we can all be like Alabama?

Posted by: bookriver | December 18, 2008 11:05 AM

walterndebby wrote:

You liberals and leftists at the Post should enjoy your victory now because your Messiah Obama will lead this country into economic ruin
I can say with a reasonable degree of confidence that the poster boy for free market capitalism, George W. Bush, has already accomplished that task.
It's hard to imagine a scenario under which Obama...or anyone else for that matter...could do more damage to the economy than has been done by Bush and his republican enablers over the past eight years.

Posted by: mhhaggard | December 18, 2008 11:12 AM

At last, much of the populace finally sees that the Republican Party's first principles mitigate against the interests of the middle and lower classes. Since Reagan, there has been an unprecedented and enormous shift of wealth from the middle class to the very rich and these policies are intentional. The facts and figures don't lie.

Aditionally, the Republican Party is home to fundamentalists who actually believe Planet Earth is six thousand years old, are against stem cell research which holds such promise for the future treatment of many diseases, believe there is a place with fire where you go when you die if you're not good and it is ruled by an entity with a red suit and a pitchfork. Never mind what they think is up in the sky.

How can anyone take them seriously?

Posted by: francis4 | December 18, 2008 11:27 AM

You mean that people don't trust the party that lied us into the Iraq war, shredded our civil rights and deregulated us into a depression?

Posted by: Andrea_KC | December 18, 2008 11:46 AM

Typical reactionary thinking. While Bush's numbers hover in the 20s (abysmal to be sure) the Democratic majority Congress's numbers are in the teens. Everyone blames the President, regardless of the party...Carter was blamed for Stagflation, Bush is blamed for the current woes. What people conveniently forget is that, while the buck stops on the President's desk, it is put there by Congress and we, the American people, put Congress where it is. The federal leadership, Executive, and Legislative is in our power to control but we choose to re-elect the same people over and over. We have chosen our own fates by the politicians we keep re-electing. Remember, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We didn't get here overnight...we got here by re-electing the same people who failed to deliver in the last election. The failure of the federal government is not one person's fault, it is the entire country's fault. If you don't like the way things are, get out and change them, don't sit here whining about them.

Posted by: ckennick | December 18, 2008 12:19 PM

The GOP has proven themselves to be total and utter failures as leaders: rampant corruption, lying to start a war, loss of millions of jobs, tax breaks for the rich, skyrocketing health care, trying to privatize Social Security, repeated economic disasters, avoidance of fixing oil dependence and Social Security, trying to rationalize a boondoggle like "Trickle Down Economics," destroying our national image, promoting terrorism and torture, and sending our economy into the toilet. The conservative buffoons can say that "Obama will lead us into ruin," but guess what guys? Your own 'messiah,' Bush, already took us there.... and it's going to take the Democrats quite a while to dig us out from all the damage the Republicans have done.

Posted by: rurik | December 18, 2008 12:29 PM

The Republicans' fall from grace is simply another symptom of a dysfunctional 2-party system. The Republicans as of late have shown themselves to be the party of White, upper and upper-middle class conservatives, while the Democratic party seems to be the party for everyone else that doesn't fit into that narrow niche. With this in mind, it's no wonder they lost.

The Republicans would come back with a vengeance if they realized one little known fact: most minorities are conservative. There is a large number of Latinos, Blacks, and Asians who oppose abortion rights and a staggering number that oppose gay rights. Did I mention that Blacks actually enjoy going to church? But they won't vote Republican because they think Republicans a bunch of racists with people like Bill O'Reilly, Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott and the entire Fox News channel representing the public face of Republican conservatism.

This is not a post-racial country, but it is a multi-cultural one. The Republicans just need to learn the new rules.

Posted by: white10777 | December 18, 2008 12:34 PM

You liberals and leftists at the Post should enjoy your victory now because your Messiah Obama will lead this country into economic ruin.

Posted by: walterndebby | December 18, 2008 10:43 AM
You mean there is different path to ruin that George Bush and the Republicans in Congress haven't already taken? You mean it is possible he could do worse than the abysmal failure job already done by Bush? Or maybe he will just do the right thing, something ole Georgie couldn't.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | December 18, 2008 12:39 PM


Arent we already in economic ruin. Its funny to see your zeal for our president elect to fail before he has taken office. In the mean time you have obviously closed your eyes the last 8 years to the disaster that was George W. Bush. So i am curious, what praytell do you think Obama is going to do worse than Bush hasnt done already?

Posted by: rharring | December 18, 2008 12:49 PM

This unprincipled Bush Presidency is defined by eight years of endless corporate entitlements, corruption, lack of accountability and abuses of power, capped by the twin bookends of a catastrophic, immoral war in Iraq and a catastrophic, inexcusable financial debacle. And we dodged a bullet with McCain, surrounded by his Bush advisors while hiding his increasing dementia, and the barely literate Palin, whose 6 years in 5 colleges to get a 4-year degree didn't help her appreciate that Africa was a continent or that man never walked the earth with dinosaurs. That this administration has a single cheerleader left on the field is the best evidence I can find to testify to the power of cognitive dissonance.

But to suggest that the Democrats are better is to say that the 8-track is better than the reel-to-reel tape deck. A few minutes on and a few bucks in your pocket give you your choice among dozens of books written about this administration's high crimes and misdemeanors. Rep. Conyers, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote one himself but was too worried about the 2006 elections to use it. Then he feared Obama wouldn't be elected. Now he has no more excuses. Rep. Pelosi never had one. This coward, whose prior career was in PR (i.e., spinning bad news into good) simply said that defense of our constitution was "off the table"! How brazen and shameless. If the Bush administration hasn't committed high crimes and misdemeanors, how is it that the definition those terms have hanged so radically since Clinton? What else must they do to clear that bar? If the defense of our constitution is not the job of our representatives, whose job is it? If that's not their most important job, what is?

Both parties have betrayed their citizens' trust while pretending to do the people's business. Nader, Kucinich, Paul and a precious few others have shown courage and wisdom throughout this mess, but the rest should hang their heads in shame. Most have proven themselves to be shills for corporate America, which promotes the worst form of socialism: privatization of profits and socialization of risks, even at the expense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of real persons. Both parties deserve the trust normally reserved for used car salesmen.

A side note to Ms. Agiesta: Perhaps you could explain what the twin pie charts are intended to demonstrate? Not that it really matters, since the larger picture is crystal clear to anyone who pays attention to politics in this country.

Posted by: NYVegan | December 18, 2008 1:05 PM

Bad news for Republicans, but not good news for Democrats, which is pretty much the M.O. of Election 2008. So why are Democrats so pleased with themselves?

Posted by: rickbrownell | December 18, 2008 1:45 PM

White10777:"...This is not a post-racial country, but it is a multi-cultural one. The Republicans just need to learn the new rules."

Remember, White, when "multi-cultural" was a dirty word among those who constitute the modern day GOP?

Given the changing demographics and increased enlightenment of the country, how are they ever going to walk back from that one

Posted by: stoneman48 | December 18, 2008 1:50 PM

Some of us would very much appreciate it if more people, instead of pointing the finger at others, and looking for some organization, be it political, social or economic to save them, took the time to first "think for themselves" instead of only "about themselves", and start by reaizing that "they are the government." Then, they might begin to accept their responsibilities as citizens, and begin behaving accordingly. Otherwise, they should "Take what they get, and quit whining." All they are doing is "boring the "H--L" out of the rest of us.

Posted by: rlaitres | December 18, 2008