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September 2nd, 2010
04:40 PM ET

Why have voters fallen out of love with the Democrats?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to the midterm elections, the question now seems to be: "Just how bloody will things get for the Democrats?"

A file photo from the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

A file photo from the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Each day brings more bad news. And here's the latest: a new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Americans think Republicans in Congress will do a better job than Democrats in handling seven out of nine key issues.

They include: terrorism, immigration, federal spending, the economy, Afghanistan, jobs and corruption in government. The two parties are essentially tied on health care; and the only issue where Democrats score higher is the environment. Not exactly what's going to bring people to the polls this November.

Republicans need to win 39 seats in order to win control of the House - and some experts are predicting they could win as many as 51. Some even think Democratic control of the Senate is at risk - but that's more of a long shot.

And it's not just about Congress. Democrats are at risk of losing the governorships of some states that usually lean left, like Michigan and Pennsylvania, and maybe even President Obama's home state of Illinois.

So with Democrats poised to get a beating in 60 days, and with everybody saying: "It's the economy, Stupid" - the president has chosen this time to give another go at peace in the Middle East.

A noble cause, for sure. But for decades, American presidents have tried and failed. A column in the Daily Beast called "The Peace Talks Charade" suggests the situation is in the same place it was three years ago under President Bush. And neither the Israelis nor Palestinians have the confidence in Mr. Obama's ability to broker a deal.

Here’s my question to you: Why have voters fallen out of love with the Democrats?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


Filed under: Democratic Race • Democrats • Election Process • Elections
September 2nd, 2010
04:30 PM ET

What's the biggest complaint about your job?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For those Americans who are lucky enough to have a job, stress is their biggest complaint about their work.

A new Gallup poll shows that a majority of U.S. workers are completely satisfied with many parts of their job - including their relations with coworkers, the flexibility of their hours, their boss or immediate supervisor - and the amount of work that's required of them.

They are least satisfied with stress, followed by their pay, retirement plan, health insurance benefits and their chances for promotion.

The poll also shows 48 percent of workers are completely satisfied with their jobs. That's similar to satisfaction ratings in the past several years, despite the onset of the global financial crisis.

What's more - job satisfaction is higher now than it was a decade ago. Workers appear to be more satisfied with several aspects of their job than they were in 2001.

Experts suggest this means either employers have become more generous - or maybe employees have become more grateful to have a job or easier to please, since the economy took a turn for the worse.

Meanwhile - the national unemployment rate stands at 9.5 percent; and underemployment is estimated at about double that. Stay tuned for the monthly jobs report tomorrow morning. You can be sure it will be gone over with a fine-tooth comb for any signs that businesses are starting to hire.

Here’s my question to you: What's the biggest complaint about your job?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 6pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


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