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?"
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/02/art.dnc.jpg caption="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
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. calaurore9

    Because voters don't have jobs and since Democrats are in power now it's their fault. Simple as that.

    Carol Colitti Levine
    Northampton, Mass

    September 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  2. Eric

    Jack, you ask, "Why have voters fallen out of love with the Democrats?"

    I'll give you 13 trillion reasons. It's the spending, stupid.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  3. Godofcomments

    The game is over!

    There is no difference between the people (Rockefellers & Rothschilds) who make and effect the money, law and actions of gullible masses of people.

    You can fool most of the people all of the time, so all of the people who can't be fooled some times doesn't matter.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  4. Cy Gardner

    I think it was a Republican who said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time." That is their credo and they and their corporate paymasters are lying and smearing and scaring people with some of the most outrageous lies yet. Unfortunately, the mainstream media would rather publicize the lies than give the public the truth. Obama and the Dems are doing a good job against great odds. How would more tax cuts for the rich be a better solution than the ones the Democrats have been trying to apply? cy gardner, arlington , va

    September 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  5. Paul P.

    Mainly it IS the economy, it is what affects people most directly. President Obama hasn't been able to wave the magic presidential wand and bring forth an instant recovery from all this, so frustration and anger builds and thats when people start to listen to the fear mongering criticism from the opposition. Until more jobs are created, the party in power will feel the wrath of the electorate.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  6. riley oday

    Because they are ignoring the people more than ever. The country needs some adjustment yet they call business as usual.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  7. David in Tampa

    Any time the economy is in the toilet that needs to be the first and biggest priority. The Democratic leadership pushed hard on other issues like health care reform and came up with a bad law; sort of reminds me of 90% of all the laws the Republicans passed during their tenure as head of the government since1994. Couple this with the unusually high amount of partisan bickering and gridlock and there you have it. Neither the Democratic nor Republican approaches to the economy has worked because of the outmoded core ideas running rabid in their respective party. Question is if the Republicans regain control of at least the House, how much further down will their incompetent leaders drive this country? The only hope for this country I see is to be rid of both major parties and get some new people with new ideas, some common sense, and the ability to say NO to all special interest groups. Thanks Jack, glad I got that off my chest.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  8. Lene', IL

    My feelings on this is that the Democrats do not want to listen to how the majority feels and treats us like a bunch of children that needs to be taught a lesson. They seem to want control of every aspect of our lives to how we eat to how we are supposed to feel and last but not least..they seem to want control of every penny we earn to feed their socialist agenda.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  9. ted

    Obama,Reid,Pelosi,Rangle,Waters,Boxer,Dodd. There is nothing as bad as a voter scorned. Only a fool would fall in love with this bunch.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Jorge


    It is true that the democrats are not the popular party right now. But neither is the Republican party. After hearing Jan Brewer, Sharon Angle, and Sarah Palin shooting themselves in the foot with the media, these aren't the people I want to see in Washington. I would rather have the house be controlled by independents or moderates and you'll see more things will get done.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  11. Dave

    As an independant I wanted hope and change. What I got is a bad health care bill and the same ole same ole from the hardcore leftist democrats. When will these parties learn to please the middle.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  12. suesark

    God help us all!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  13. juice

    I have not fallen out of love for the Dems because there is no way I want to see the keys given back to the foxes so they can get back into the hen house!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  14. Frank Cape Coral FL

    I don't know if all I hear about the november elections will change anything in washington , I do know that the bills democrats passed in congress have me wondering what is happening, there are more questions raised with the democratic bills then I fear they will solve, and a change of controlling party will just create more confusion, if GOP try's to repeal bills, instead of amending them with clearer language.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  15. bud rupert

    Jack – Notwithstanding that it's just outright bigotry by some Americans it is "the economy stupid". But the fact is that the President of this Republic can do little to affect meaningful change in an economic downturn.

    It's Barak Obama's bad forturne that he was elected at this time. It's nothing but bad news averywhere and there is not a damm thing he or any other politician can do about it.

    The American people get sold a bill of goods when elections roll around. Seems to be in our DNA

    September 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  16. Fred in L.A.

    Because they're all spending, raving lunatics. They spent more on their social projects than the cost of our conflict in Iraq. And it only took them a little over 18 months to accomplish that feat!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  17. Alan

    Face it, Jack...neither party represents reality for far too many voters. Both parties spend willy-nilly on their pet aspects of government and neither has the chutzpah to actually trim anything significant.

    Both parties are too much under the sway of their respective extreme wings, be that left for the Democrat Party or right for the Republican Party. As a result, many of us rational people lose faith in both, so we have to choose the lesser of two evils. Voting pocketbook issues will lean toward the Republican party, albeit only slightly. Voting moderate social issues leans the opposite way. Given the state of the economy, dollars outweigh social conundrums and the Republicans will profit in the November general election.

    What this country desperately needs is a viable centrist third party that can force both existing parties into the margins and run the country from a rational basis.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  18. Tom Des Moines Iowa

    The Democrats have rammed health care, stimulus, and a number of other unpalatable items down the throats of the rest of us. Their idea is that they know best, and if only they can spend all of everyone else's money, the world will be a better place.

    They are arrogant, ignorant, spendthrifts, who need to meet their comeuppance, especially Barbara (Don't talk to me in that tone of voice, general) Boxer.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  19. Susan from Idaho

    They were given the chance to act like movers and shakers and they just stood in one spot quivered.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  20. bk

    its the economy...and the short term memory of most people. they obviously need to be reminded why the GOP was voted out 4 years ago.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  21. Bruce Harling

    Simple. Republican bombardment of everything the Democrats do. Republicans think this country belongs to (only) them. They have done nothing for the food of the United States. Their only motive is the good of the republican party. Oddly, instead of being outraged, people believe their scare tactics and side with them. Government will not last long on this premise.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  22. Caleb, Utah

    Ok, so we fell out of love with the Democrats but for the life of me I can't think of a single reason why people thing Republicans will be any better. Just look back at the stupidity of the last administration.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  23. Sam

    In this country, its all about perception and perceptions are created by repetition. Unfortunately, Democrats have never been very effective at having a unified message. They tend to get stuck in nuances.
    From health care to the finance bill to the mosque issue – as a party they have no single, clear message. Things have to be stated concisely, simply and repeated enough for us Americans to start believing and Democrats suck at this.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  24. tbs

    Republicans speak in slogans that can fit on a sign. (Even if it's mis-spelled.)

    Democrats speak in complete paragraphs.

    The American people prefer simplistic jingoistic slogans to rational thought.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  25. Louis

    It doesn't matter which party is in power–they are both rotten to the core and are leading our beloved country down the fast track to ruin. All we can do is weep.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  26. Renee - Peoria, Illinois

    It's very simple, they're wimps. Even with an overwhelming majority they've been afraid to stand up to Republicans and do their job.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  27. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    We have become a society of instant gratification and disposal.

    In other words we are spoiled. And no person or party can ever live up to our misguided and impatient expectations. Thus goes the merry-go-round of American politics.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  28. Dan M.

    The majority of American voters have fallen out of love with the Democrats because A. the Democrats have failed over the last 2 years to clean up all of the extraordinarily horrible domestic and global mess that 8 years of a conservative Republican administration left behind for them, and B. the majority of American voters have unbelievably short memory spans, especially in terms of cause and effect. – Dan M., Seattle, WA

    September 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  29. Dan in Utah

    Americans fall in love with what they think is the pretty face but quickly learn the face doesn't know how to cook or clean house very well. We find out after the marriage that the face only wants to sit on the sofa eating bon bons, and watching soap operas.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  30. Nancy, Tennessee

    When a contractor is making a mess of a new house, you hire a new one. If the second contractor just continues on the same unproductive path, you have to wonder why you switched. The Democrats have continued on with the same path that they told us was wrong and they wanted to change. Our house is still not in order and most of us are wondering why common sense was thrown out the window. We can't love the Dems who have accomplished so little with the capital we gave them.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  31. JH

    Folks have short memories and want instant gratification now. The Obama group inherited a huge mess to clean up and are expected to do it by just adding water and stirring briskly. When it doesn't happen the lemmings all run to the next bunch who say they can pull a rabbit outta a hat.

    I have been invisioning human rodents all scurrying back and forth to the next group and the next like a certain boy who gets chased around a tree by a tiger in a charming little childrens' book until nothing is left but tiger butter. Only this will be tea bagger butter...

    September 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  32. george zuniga

    seem American's have a very short memory, add that to the persistent irrelevant lies and attacks on President Obama, and the media on both sides of the political spectrum continued coverage of propaganda of hate and distraction. such as the mosque, birthers, gay marriage religion in general, please the ignorance end misinformation is working, marketing 101 just keep on saying it and the peasants will believe no matter how outrageous.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  33. ramiro

    Cafferty they have been a disaster in power/from head to toe-Pres Obama reminds me so much of Jimmy Carter

    September 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  34. Gina Masenior

    People fell out of love because they believed all the rhetoric that was spewed in the 2008 election. Why do we constantly "listen" to politicians but never ask for them to explain "how" they are going to do what they say.

    Personally, I think we should hook all politicians up to lie detectors while they are doing their debates. Then, we will hear the truth for once. The saying, "one lies and the other one swears to it" rings very true in politics.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  35. Jeff

    It's because just like the Republicans and their Contract With America, the Democrats talked a good game and delivered nothing. Why we should continue to vote for either party eludes me.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  36. S. Fiske, Portland, Oregon

    Jack –

    I'm a democrat, but that's changing fast. I'm a private sector employee and have been all of my life, and since Obama took office all the Dems have done is create more social programs, cushier jobs for government employees, and thus an uncertain environment for private businesses. With that backdrop, it's no wonder the economy stinks.

    I'd listen to any democrat the doesn't kiss up to the SEIU...there just aren't any. For the first time in my life, I'm going to vote party-line republican just to act as a teeny tiny counterweight to all the problems democrats like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have caused.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  37. PK California

    Because Obama didn't wave a magic wand and cure ALL the problems the country has....yesterday!!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  38. C. Childs

    There is too much wrong with America instead of trying to make everything right with the world. With the economy sputtering, we need all our resources here at home. Isolationism sounds pretty good. The world doesn't like us much anyway.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  39. N. Coombs

    Voters have fallen out of love with Democrats – especially economically -because the things average Americans care about are microeconomic in nature. We need to pay for the costs of living, to pay the bills. The Democrats are dealing with the economic crisis in a macroeconomic sense; creating wealth by spreading it in places where it will be spent, then taxing that same money and spending it again on public works, creating jobs and putting money into people's pockets - then taxing it again to keep the river flowing.

    Voters don't see all that; they see the red ink on account statements.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  40. Hal Carter

    Democrats wanted Change! The only thing changed so far was Health Care Bill, more unemployment and an additional Trillion in Debt. This is not the change we expected.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  41. bob

    Because they are bankrupting the country and seem to be enjoying it.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  42. Julie from Louisiana

    You know Jack, the Dems had control the last 2 years during Bush and now two years under Obama. They had their chance. Time to really clean house.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  43. Positive

    A better question would be why on earth would people vote GOP when we haven't climbed out of their last mess yet and they've done nothing to help nor done nothing to indicate they will lead in any less destructive manner than they have in the past.

    As for me, I will happily being voting for the Democratic candidate in November.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  44. Kolee

    American needs to wake up, why you want to vote in the politician that brought us into this mess. All they were doing is lie to the American public so that they can win the election and goes right back to starting wars. Democrat fix problem, Republicans destroy it and history wil speak for itself.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  45. John

    Anyone who votes Obstructionist (republican) is voting to a) line the pockets of Wall Street and Big Business b) send hundreds of thousands more jobs offshore and c) destroy the environment – among other things. It was under the Right Wingers that the destruction of the middle class began and the attitude of the Right Wingers has not changed.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  46. john .... marlton, nj

    Two reasons, that 'hopey – changey' thing doesn't seem to be working out ....and many dems are finding some truth in the GOP phase "we are working, so you don't have to"

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  47. Mike Bleakley

    I think Obama tried to do too much too quickly and with the economy being down people are concerned with how much money we're spending. I think he needed to do it and we will reap the benefits of the new reforms within a couple years, but the political costs to these programs appears to be steep for the Democrats. I think there's a lot of polls and pollsters right now making news, and I think it might not be as bad as 51, but the D's will definitely lose seats. Remember that just because people are mad on a national level, doesn't mean local politicians will go down in defeat. All politics is local!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  48. andrew in aberdeen

    Voters were not in love with democrats, rather they were fed up with Washington as usual. Obama promised change. We were stupid enough to think he was talking about change for the better. We now know he meant the Chicago mafia was moving south. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  49. Lucy

    Some of us were never in love with them in the first place.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  50. Kelly, New York, NY

    Because many Americans are impatient -they are programmed to look at immediate small fixes rather than big picture / preventative issues. That doesn't jive well with President Obama's methods...God forbid he actually attempt long-lasting positive change. American voters need to think smarter.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  51. Melissa C. Memphis,Tn

    They are just tired..The Republicans have set up the DEMS to fail.And they refuse to put up a fight for the American people.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  52. Chuck

    Let's not forget the the Democrats have had congress since 2006. That's when things started going down hill. It's funny how when Republicans took control congress during the Clinton years and turned things around they gave Clinton credit for it. However, Bush gets blamed for everything when the Dems controled congress since 2006. Wake up people, especially you Dems and take control of your own life and quit letting the government do it for you.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  53. June

    Because Democrats have no competence. All they do is blame Bush all day and talk about the mess they inherited. The American people elected Obama to get out of this mess, not to talk about it.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  54. Jesse in Texas

    Jack, the answer to your query is the American voter is not as gullible nor as easily misled as this administration and congress would have you believe. They sense that this group of loonies led by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are attempting to drive this country into a quasi Socialist, Marxist state. People no longer trust the Democratic party to lead this country in the manner in which is was led by such men as FDR and Harry Truman. It is time for change, but not the kind being peddled by the current leaders.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  55. Isaac McPherson

    Jack, the dems have fallen out of love with the American People and so we are headed back to the Rep. What we need in this nation is a third strong party.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  56. Kooky in CA

    The shortsighted see only that an eight year disaster wasn't fixed in two years and now think the cause of the mess can fix it. Good, let the final days of the Republican Party begin. The only way we will learn is to get to give them the reins again and see which ditch we land in.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  57. Loren Taylor

    Don't agree they've "fallen out of love." A large part of Obama's original popularity came from the strong disappointment with the Bush era. Now that Dems are in power, their opposition is more energized. Apparently our American political system only motivates people who are Against Something.

    Loren Taylor
    Chicago, IL.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  58. Sarah

    I think you are wrong, we are not out of love with the Dems. but this media keeps junk flying all the time that has no truth to it. Who cares if the President changes out his office colors? But now the Republicans have to bitch about that. I am an American and I will respect my President Black, Green, or Blue. I don't understand about his birth certificate either. If he made it all the way to the white house pass the Republicans without being born in America doesn't that say that the Republicans did not do their homework? Why would we want them for President or over seeing our security? Think About It............

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  59. Joe, Chicago IL

    It is Obama. The Democrat Congress had to support and pass his policies since they believed his popularity equals success with the voters.

    Like many average people, I like him as a person. However I do not like his policies or being told that he knows what is best for me.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  60. Malcolm

    Slow your roll Jack. There are many of us Independents who will back the Dems and the President because we like what Obama/House Dems have achieved. The polls are misleading because of the way questions are asked. Trust me there are those of us who will putting the gear (vote) in D and not R.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  61. Debbie

    We may be angry that the Democrats want stand up for themselves and form a backbone, but believe me, we have not forgotten the Repubs and who they really care about: The" HAVE and HAVE MORE." We will vote Dem in Nov. By the way who are the people that they are polling?

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  62. GD

    Many Americans feel that the Democrats used the bank crisis and recession as cover to ram a radical, unpopular, left wing agenda down our throats. Many feel that while most of America is suffering with unemployment, illegal immigrants turning many of our communities into dangerous ghettos, and loss of equity in our homes and equity accounts, Obama and the Dems are ramming more taxes and unfunded mandates down our throats. We want jobs, we want the American dream back. Yet all we're hearing is amnesty for illegals, gay marriage, constant charges of racism and homophobia, mosque building, and blame Bush for everything thats gone wrong. We want a return to normalcy.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  63. brian parker

    it is because of his trying to socialize this country and also because of nancy pelosi and harry reid, and we need to get rid of these people.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  64. Mike Erie

    Anxiety about the economy, and one cranked up right wing echo chamber. Amazing how much success the Republicans have enjoyed by just sitting on their hands and yelling across the aisle. Give the Democrats just enough rope to hang themselves. After 18 months of this, the right is energized and the left is shell shocked. Fear and divisiveness..works every time.

    Carlsbad, CA

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  65. Hsu

    Don't underestimate American people...

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  66. Tony, Saint Charles, IL

    Voters like Republicans' more because they will have more recessions, depressions, new wars and new terror trets for sure.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  67. Anthony Nelson

    Republicans are the only reason that voters are falling out of love with democrats. Republicans have stood in the way of the obama administration since day one. If republicans actually let obamas vision become a reality, this country would be a much better place. Democrats would be more popular, and our country wouldnt be in a downward spiral. Only republicans are to blame.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  68. Irene

    Oh how quickly we all forget........we are facing a lack of jobs and a troubled economy because of what happened during the Bush Administration......when Republicans were in charge.....remember!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  69. James Cornett

    Jack they always have fallen out of love for the democrats, with all the problems we faced with the other administration, we gambled that a new administration would change things for the better. But as all gamblers know you the odds are against you when it comes betting on a long shot.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  70. denise

    Americans have fallen out of love for both parties. The reason Republicans will over rule the election, is because Americans are voting out the Incumbent who are now in office, which are mainly Democrats, but the Republicans in office now, will be Democrats. We have the chance for change, and that is what we will do. Need to read blogs about this, all incumbents will be voted out.

    Term Limits is a must.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  71. mark

    I guess the Dems are out of favor because they haven't fixed the Repubs 8 years of drunken spending fast enough. Have voters forgotten in just 2 years the amount of devastation Repubs brought to this country? 2 illegal wars ,ill advised tax cuts,new unfunded entitlements,soaring deficits and record national debt-does that sound like the good old days? Let's turn the empty destroyed henhouse back over to the foxes who destroyed it.Do us Dems get to starting whining 2 weeks after the November elections that Repubs have destroyed the country?

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  72. Steven K

    The real question is why haven't the voters fallen out of love with both Republicans and Democrats. Until both of these parties lose their stranglehold on American politics the country will never truly be fixed.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  73. Samuel W., FL.

    Americans want quick fixes and forget this tremendous hole we find ourselves in was dug by Bush and the republicans; it can't be fixed in 18 months but republicans have done a great job of shoveling the blame for everything onto Obama and the dems. The republicans are very good at shoveling!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  74. Mark

    The Rebublicans dug a 100 foot deep hole of which the Democrats have only been able to fill 50 feet because the Republicans keep giving the fill dirt away to their dirt rich friends.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  75. John

    And .. the thought that Obama can wave a wand and make everything OK overnight is absurd. But, then again, most American are simplistic.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  76. Suey

    Jfack, sorry to toss ice water on your continuing blistering attacks on Obama and the Democrats, here is a Floridian who thinks they are doing a wonderful job. Why would anyone want to return to the policies of George Bush or Newt Gingrich – the deregulation guys with their outsourcing cohorts who brought the economy to the brink. Want to see more jobs going overseas. Vote Republican.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  77. jay

    Dem's only know one thing tax and spend. Giveaways and expand government, more government employees hopefully more Dem voters.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  78. Isaiah Adio

    Democrats with an overwhelming majority have been afraid to stand up to Republicans on important issues like immigration, energy, jobs and economy.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  79. Kerry

    This country is no longer a country of haves vs. have nots... it's about public government sector vs. private sector. People are tired of seeing public sector employees retire at 55 with cushy lifetime pensions (and getting rehired with double dipped jobs) after getting above average benefits their whole careers. Private sector employees are funding their retirements out of their own pockets nowadays.

    People see the huge deficits as merely propping up government jobs while doing nothing for private sector jobs. Once someone actually takes a pay cut in the public sector, or the public sector experiences the job loss the private sector has, then maybe we'll begin to believe the rhetoric about job creation and fiscal responsibility. Until then we just see a huge shift of wealth from what has become the lower class private sector to an upper class public sector.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  80. Elizabeth

    American's have fallen out of love with democrats, because like past politicians, they are more concerned about their own pockets than the wellfare of our country. Republican's are more than likely going to gain control again, but the American people are going to be disappointed greatly when they realize that the republicans are the same as the democrats and are only worried about how much money they can make.

    Baton Rouge, LA

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  81. Ron Gallop

    Two reasons: (1) Lies of Fox News not being shot down and (2) Democrats being afraid of taking any bold stand in unity.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  82. Steve in MN

    Because the Dems promised change and delivered more misery. Honestly, choosing between Democrats and Republicans is like choosing between Brain Cancer and Leukemia.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  83. Eli

    Terrifically effective ad campaigns and political rallies funded by billionaires and a cable news network owner have caused the sheep to run to the other side of the ship.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  84. deborah

    I do not feel that america has fallen out of love with the democrats
    but america has fallen out with politics, it seems it doesn't matter who
    is in office until politics has been pushed aside and the best interest of the nation is put fist noone will be pleased with how america is goverened.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  85. Belle

    Oh my gosh!!! Someone is NOT speaking for me!!!! Obama is doing a better job than ANYONE ELSE could have possibly done given the ABSOLUTE MESS he inherited from the REPUBLICANS!!!

    I am proud of our President and despite all the CRAP that is hurled his way from those that want to see him fail and will do anything to ensure this, Obama is the very best man for this job!!!

    I am so sick of Republicans and their lack of vision and total self-interest. They are the ones that continue to disrupt, deceive, and cause this country to not move forward! It's like they've got the 'monkey-wrench' and they throw it into every good thing that Obama tries to accomplish. (I think Republicans are evil driven)

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  86. leo

    Because they are falling hook, line and sinker for the Repulican's Parties propaganda.
    The Republican's Motto is:
    If you can't Dazzle them with Brilliance, then Baffle them with Bull-only and that is all the Republican party has to offer American voters.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  87. Chris Perkins

    Smoke and Mirrors. Democrats and Independents don't generate much conflict or spread fear. They sit and watch, share a laugh, and still go vote. Most of us don't vote on polls, as they are a waste of time. The questions are often misleading or worded in such a way that a specific response is needed. The bad side to this; many Americans like to be on the 'winning team,' regardless of policy or practice. You tell them the Republicans are leading they switch bleachers. Sad but true.

    I would actually like to see a complete Republican control, senate, House and Presidency. This way, we can once and for all say, "You have nothing to blame it on. Democrats or Progressives were in no way involved in your mistakes, and will now have to fix them. Please disband as a party and allow a new intelligent party to fill the void you have created."

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  88. Kathy R

    I think IF America has fallen out of love with Democrats its due in part to the barage of negativity the Republicans constantly spew and the continuous coverage the media gives that negativity. They went from "Drill Baby Drill" to "Plug The Damn Hole!" in a blink of an eye.

    Our most recent state's primary candidates were a perfect example. I didn't think the "conservative and Obamacare" band wagon was going to be able to hold them all.

    Stop telling people they have fallen out of love with Democrats. Their ultimate voting decisions might surprise you.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  89. Jef P.

    I'm broke – need I say more???

    September 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  90. Theresa

    Your facts are all wrong these Polls must not include the unemployed who have watched their checks being held up by the GOP for no reason at all for 8 weeks this summer. We have watched them block every jobs bill that has been put on the table. Keeping food from our families and keeping us from the opportunity to gain new employment, while calling us HoBo's and druggies. So maybe those who haven't had their lives dismantaled by the blood sucking GOP might say they will vote for them. But some of us know they are only interested in their fat cat friends and do not care what happens to the middle class. I think everyone will be suprised come Nov.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  91. S.Camp

    I guess people want to be associated with the likes of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Michele Bachman, Rand Paul, Dick Armey, Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity along with Rush Limbaugh. These people are not on the upswing of the bell curve. As evidenced by their last leader George Bush.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  92. Therese

    Americans have fallen out of love with the Democrats because the Democratic party allowed itself to be taken over by Progressives. America does not have a socialistic mindset no matter how much the far left administration and media wish it would. Sueing Arizona, not protecting our borders, filing a report with the United Nation accusing Arizona of human right abuses., handing down trillions in deficit to future generations, taking over GM , betraying bond holders and on and on may give a clue. Wondering if the media and those who voted for Obama have figured out yet that Barak Obama is a one trick pony. He can give a speech and his speeches haven't been that good lately.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  93. Chris

    The reason is simple. Until Americans realize the Government is working for the special interest and not the average Joe, they will continue to think the other alternative party would be a better choice. The focus of the leaders is nowhere near relevant to what average American needs right now. They should direct some of there interest to U.S soil and stop playing god to the rest of the world. Its a shame how few people could ruin such a wonderful country.


    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  94. Michael, Chapel Hill

    For a CHANGE.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  95. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Oh, I don't know, maybe it's the fact that people got really EXCITED about a dynamic new leader and what we got was a "bait and switch". Obama can't order breakfast without a teleprompter and his so called "speeches" can be played back to put your 4 year old to sleep.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  96. Chuck

    Why do the Dems need to stand up to anybody, they have a "SUPER MAJORITY" They don't need Rebublicans for anything. What is going on here in America today is a direct result of the Democrats. Does anyone recall the "Community Reinvestment Act?" Again, another wonderful idea from the Dems that nearly ruined this country. Bruce and Caleb are complete morons. I honestly cannot believe how dumb some people are. Oh BTW, what was the unemployment rate under Bush? Let me answer for you 4.5% and out of that percent 2.5% of those are life-long losers who dont want a job.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  97. Mike S., New Orleans

    Most voters don't vote out of love. That's why Republicans are so successful in pandering hate. It's easier to get voters to hate your opponent than to understand your own ideas, or lack thereof. And a dumb vote counts just as much as a smart one.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  98. andrew in aberdeen

    Democrats think the public is stupid enough to forget that the Democrats have had control of both the House and Senate for almost 4 years. Democrats preach that the Republicans were in charge for the "past decade"... another lie. Democrats fail to acknowledge the recession that followed the Clinton era. Face it. It is easy to fall "out of love".

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  99. CSnord

    The problem isn't the Dems, it is the fact that all of our political leaders have completely lost focus. The leadership from both parties is pathetic. The parties seem more intent on preventing the other guys from scoring a victory than they are on governing the country. The whole system is broken and the current administration is bankrupting the country.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  100. Ashanti

    It's not that they we have fallen out of love with the Dems...its just that we are tired of being stuck on this political merry-go-round! When people finally DO discuss real issues, it is surrounded by propaganda. NO one can give a straight answer and we as Americans are unwilling to wait things out, even if for the best. If we keep expecting to see results immediately we will always accept the lowest quality results just to see something happen-chalk it up to bureaucracy. As long as we accepts any answer instead of pushing political to make the RIGHT decisions they will continue to give us mud and call it chocolate!!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  101. Michael Shea Albuquerque,NM

    I think the Democrats are getting a raw deal thanks to the obstructive Republicans and their talking heads.

    I have a list of over one hundred items that Obama has done to turn this country around despite the Republicans. I supported Obama before he declared his candidacy for President and continue to support him!!

    The Republicans don't give a hoot in hell about working men and women. They cater to the Haves and Have Mores. If the American voter goes back to the party of W. Bush and his policies, I am out of here. Either that or I'll plant the seeds for a second revolution.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  102. Chris from Canada

    The reason is simple. Until Americans realize the Government is working for the special interest and not the average Joe, they will continue to think the other alternative party would be a better choice. The focus of the leaders is nowhere near relevant to what average American needs right now. They should direct some of there interest to U.S soil and stop playing god to the rest of the world. Its a shame how few people could ruin such a wonderful country.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  103. Paul in VIrginia

    Just as the Republicans ran a general election campaign from the center and then govern from the right, the Dems run on the center but then, at least with the Obama administration, they govern from the left. This country needs CONSISTENCY and a predictability that business can rely on. UNITED WE STAND – DIVIDED WE FALL!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  104. Common Sense



    Somehow Pres. Obama - and the Democratic Party - convinced a majority of people with different views, opinions, and beliefs, that somehow they could cater to their every whim and desire.

    The themes of the campaign ("Hope" and "Change") where purposelly amorphous and vague - because, as common sense, would suggest, in these complicated times, it is impossible to cater to every diverse group in this country's every whim.

    But some how the Democrats successfully sold it.

    The problem now is they have to try to implicate it - which is, of course, impossible. Hence, we see the Democratic coalition quickly falling apart.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  105. Jim in Cali

    One simple answer. The American Public is being force-fed a steady diet of fear and intimidation by the Republican Party. They forget that it was Bush and his "tax cuts" that put us here. And that's why I am afraid that we will soon be under Republican control again, and they will find another war to fight to hide the economic situation. Mark my words, it's coming.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  106. don gates

    Just say no is working is as good a reason as any. Just curious if the voting was based on side by side suggestions of what has transpired, what should have transpired and will transpire if republicans get their chance.?

    Do you know what their plans are to better what the poll indicates they will do a better job at?

    September 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  107. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Dear Jack,

    Well if they fall out of love according to your analysis and opinion one must wonder then falling out of love in such a short time it must mean they miss the love from Bush and dream of their new love from republican tea party team of Beck-Palin.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  108. AJ in UT

    You wanna know why? "Death Panels", "Drill Baby Drill", "Beckapalooza", "Terrorist Anchor Babies", "Racist President", "I hope he fails", "Socialist/Communist/Nazi".... and Obama and the Dems still hold on to this dream they'll be bipartisan.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  109. roshev32

    It baffles me that anyone would vote for the Party of No. I don't even see why the Republicans care about winning. They seem to be doing fine as the minority, filibustering ever piece of legislation and not being held accountable for anything.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  110. JTHawaii

    It's very simple. People have short memories. And many of those people are susceptible to the lies and misdirections of the far right.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  111. David from Farmington, CT

    Americans always fall out of love with their party after a few years, and always when things are not just the way they like them. That never changes. We love ourselves too much to see the irony in our fickle ways. Change we can believe in starts with the things we can change, not with a newly elected politician whose hand we'll never shake.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  112. Emily Woodley

    The answer to the Poll question is that the Republican Party does a great job of spreading propaganda. I wonder how many of those polled receive unemployment checks, food stamps, medicare, medicaide etc. How quickly the GP forgets. GP (general public).

    September 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  113. Greg

    Ha ha Why you ask? Democrats have no clue about business, and making money. yeah republicans aren't great but they're more realistic, practical and better economically, thus better for Americans. Democrats have no clue as shown by the huge health care bill, love for do nothing unions, and man would you please stop the taxing and the spending on programs we can so do without. I work hard and I cant stand giving the government more of my money for them to waste.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  114. Steve D

    Its not just Democrats its Incumbents. If the Republicans win this time next time they will be the bum's we are throwing out. The electorate isn't stupid. We saw a Bank Reform bill that reformed nothing and were told it fixed everything. We saw a Health Care Reform bill that fixed nothing. You can't just pass huge ineffective legislation and tell us it fixed what we wanted fixed and expect us to buy it anymore. We have a President that refuses to enforce existing Immigration law and can't get the votes needed for another failed amnesty bill. Yet he goes one step further and sues everyone thats trying to do the job he refuses to do.

    Steve D
    New Windsor, Maryland

    September 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  115. jfz

    the premise of your article is flawed; voters (this one, at least) had no love of democrats. we just resent them less than the republicans.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  116. AJ in UT

    Chris Perkins, the Republicans DID have a complete control over everything. We were called anti-american, they started 2 wars, let New Orleans drown, deregulated everything they could, and then when it blew up a few years later they said "Oh look, it's all the Dems!"

    September 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  117. Nick, Holly Springs, NC

    I haven't fallen out of love with the Democrats.

    During the Bush years we had 2 recessions (one, the GREAT RECESSION), salaries down and stocks down.

    During the two Obama years, he stopped the Bush recession, added millions of jobs, stocks are up, salaries are up and GDP has been up 4 straight quarters.

    Sure there is more to do, but historians will recognize the efforts to turn around the GREAT RECESSION as miraculous.

    Just think how good it would have been if Republican Senators and Congressmen supported bills to help those unemployed.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  118. JT California

    Simple: Because the Dems made bad even worse. No economy and no country could deliver what the Democrats profess and promise. It simply costs too much. Our founding fathers never intended the government to provide mortgages for everyone, health care for everyone, social nets for every bad break, etc. etc. They may be noble ideas but they are pipe dreams. So we're gonna vote them out, Jack before we wind up suffering the same fate as Rome.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  119. dwighthuth

    Why should anyone want to vote for the Republican's? Is it possibly because of the squeeze that the Republican's from Bushes' Era are putting on America through the use of illegal information gathering through wiretaps and people who think that they have the right to invoke the Patriotic Act to release people's private information through inuendo into the community to force someone to vote Republican or continue to be harassed?

    That is the Republican party votes through criminal manipulation of American's private lives to force them to change who they are and how they think.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  120. Scott

    Because he is a disloyal phony. Hope and change was a lie he told the american voting public. The most troubling thing of all is his compleyte lack of lyalty to the fools in the democratic party that supported him. The "middle east peace talks" is a great example of Barak trying to distract the voting public and enhances his own reputation at averbody's expense.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  121. steve in florida

    Because when the gameof choice consists of fear mongering, spinning facts and personal attacks, the Dems are no match for the GOP, especially their elite teabag seal team. Plus the fools actually try to do their jobs while their GOP "team mates" are perpetually campaigning. What scares me is a Sarah Palin could possibly get nominated. If Lindsay Lohan doesn't run, that is.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  122. Cathy in FL

    Because Republicans lie to their constituents. Plain and simple. And the press DOES publish and promote the liars which it shouldn't. Lies should not be put forth to the masses I don't care how many people watch. The press should only promote and publish fully truthful statements. Not play to the drama like it does. Its disgusting. Where's Walter Cronkite when you need him?

    September 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  123. Mark from Las Vegas

    Politicians always say the voter is smart. The unfortunate truth is, the voters aren't very smart. There is millions of them listening to the constant drum beat of conservative Republican talk radio everyday and they believe what they hear. If you say the same lies over and over again people will believe them. The Democrats don't speak the same language on a single issue. Each Democrat wants his or her picture in the camera with their own idea. So, let the Republicans win! The taxes for their rich and weathy members will be reduced. The poor will just remain poor. No jobs will be created under the Republicans because they are the ones that exported all the jobs in the first place. The party of NO only has ideas that will help the RICH.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  124. NG - Washington

    The Dems are doing exactly what I wanted when I helped vote them into the White House. Healthcare reform, ending the Iraq War, cleaning up Wall Street, keeping our economy solvent and reestablishing global partners and lines of communication. These are all issues that the previous administration failed miserably at. No, it hasn't been ideal but what plan ever is. The Dems have done a good job considering the mess they inherited and it will take time before their programs can repair the damage. Stop all the whining. Republicans had eight years and look where that got us.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  125. Shirley

    Why have voters fallen out of love with Democrats.
    All Democrats hasn't fallen out of love, some of us are standing by President Obama and his Adminstration. The legistation that the Congress passed and Pres. Obama signed, needed to be fixed, maybe some people think the timing was wrong. For me, if some of these issues were fixed years ago, maybe the Country wouldn't in this mess. YOU THINK.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  126. Pawan

    The economy hasn't helped the Dems, but I don't think it's all that bad. The opposition is making more noise, and the media is blowing this out of proportion. The Cons don't really have any solutions, so I think the Dems will do a lot better then is now believed.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  127. Harry Viens

    It's the same reason virtually every incumbent party gets hammered in the mid-terms. They ride into power, assume they have a mandate for their ideology and proceed to ram through every hair-brained idea they have. Democrats or Republicans, they all do it, and then pay the price in the mid-terms. Neither of them understand it's not about social policy it's about economics!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  128. Charlene

    The Democrats have forgotten the very people who put them there..They say republicans drove us into a ditch while they have driven us over a cliff with their wild spending and complete disregard to the wills of thier constituents.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  129. Sassy/Minnesota

    I voted for the Dems, but they have gone entirely too liberal. We need to see leaders that are more centrally positioned.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  130. Fed up

    It is not surprising. The democrats have held the power for more then 2 years. The Obama administration has just furthered the mess that the house and senate under Pelosi helped create. The house and senate had a lower approval rating then Bush before the pres election. The last two years or more of the Bush pres was, Bush was a lame duck president. The Dems have been as much a part of the problem as the solution. If a true root cause analysis for todays situation was done, it would go all the way back to the Clinton admin and Regan Admin. More so to Clinton then Reagon. So, short memory, no.

    The checks and balances need to be restored otherwise, it will be just a continuation of disasterous legislation.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  131. DaveN

    A good argument can be made that the Republicans are primarily responsible for most of the messes we're in today, and that they've done less than nothing to get us out. Two wars, lax financial oversight, poor enforcement by regulatory agencies – you name it. Our response was to elect Democrats, who have done a much less than stellar job of getting us back on track. Even the staunchest of Democrats will not argue that our Democratic president and congress have risen to the task or met our hopes for change.

    So now, our response will be to oust the Democratic mediocrity, and put back the very people who caused the problems to begin with, despite the complete lack of any indication that they can provide better solutions.

    I believe this is referred to as shooting oneself in the foot.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  132. Justin

    Because dems are only good at spending other people's money, and with their pace in the last 20 months that supply of money is running out.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  133. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Too many of them are acting like Republicans.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  134. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    It sound like they need a better advertising agency.
    People who listen to the swill that comes from the "Right" and use that to determine what is true and important will suffer the consequences (along with the rest of us) for doing so.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  135. yosemitecee

    because people are realizing that for 2 years with democratic control of congress and republican president, nothing great happened and now with congress and administration under the dem's control things seem to be even worse

    why do we get 50 choices for Miss America but only 2 for president?

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  136. kathy M

    I am leaving the Dems because i am tired of suporting the whole world and giving out unlimited enttilements to people too lazy to work and to all the trillions of dollars we are paying the illegals in this country. It is about time we start taking care of out own people. It is amazing too, that the people layed off that coujld not get unemployment seem to be making it and those on it seem to stayh on it because they make more money on it.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  137. renglish

    @ Eli.......the funny thing is, you may be right, but that's what got Obama elected in the first place. (only different billionaires and different network)

    robert in jax

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  138. Vernis Robertson

    The people are going to blame who every is in power. Just watch the Republicans are going to make it worst . They are the ones who put this country in this situation.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  139. Jason in Chicago

    It is the economy! We looked for leadership from the start and our hopes
    were smashed when the President left the Stimulas Package to Nancy
    and the Dems. He had an opportunity right from the start to lead us out
    of the recession and bridge the partison divide by doing what was best
    for the country. At that point the opportunity for Hope and Change was lost.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  140. Gale in Sandy Springs, GA

    Voters have fallen out of love with the Democrats because when you are told about Obamacare, "We have to pass the bill before we can see what is in it", it leads you to believe that they think we are absolute morons. When they try to feed us this line of crap that the only way to stimulate the economy is for the feds to borrow and spend more money, that's enough to make me fall out of love. But then again, I was never in love with the Dems in the first place. That's not to say that I would date a Republican either.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  141. common sense in Texas

    Why? Because they're FINALLY remembering why they fell out of love with the Dems 10 years ago, which put Bush in the WH in order to clean up Clinton's mess. The problem is, they forgot 4 years ago during the last mid-terms.

    Wimberley, TX

    September 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  142. RUReal

    After repealing the Patriot Act, bringing peace to Iraq and Afghanistan and closing Gitmo how can anyone doubt Obamas sincerity? Oh wait.... Nevermind

    September 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  143. Jerry Crank

    Why lost love for Dems you ask??

    It is very basic.....overpromised and woefully under delivered in virtually every segment impacting Americans!

    Not willing to take responsibility (leadership) for actions and not willing to make adjustments needed when policies fail!

    No willingness to work for compromise, not listening to will of people they represent!

    That is just for starters...I could go on but won't!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  144. John Gardiner

    They were never in 'love' with the Democrats – it was an arranged marriage founded on voters distate with the Bush government; and now the voters are filing for divorce...

    September 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  145. james

    Dear Jack

    That is very simple to answer and is infact common sense.

    CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN, YES WE CAN but NO WE CANT shut the Border and enforce Federal Immigration Laws.

    The Bank Bailout everyone was against. The healthcare Bill most Americans were against.

    What the American people want, no longer matters and the President and Congress dictate to us what is best for us.

    A Government that is not afraid of it's Citizens is called Tyrrany

    September 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  146. Vinay Ambegaokar

    Follow the money, and thank the 5-4 Roberts Supreme Court. It's always been easy to wash the brains of the "common person.'"

    [This is your basic two-bit elitist (but gender neutral) professor talking.]


    September 2, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  147. Elfster

    It comes down to one very big thing; a balanced budget based on what the fed takes in. If the common working class schmuck spent 2 times more than what the household took in, we'd all be living in cardboard boxes.......bankrupt. Stop the gross federal government spending!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  148. Dana

    We have become people who want instant gratification, and have no patience for the extremely complex and difficult work that needs to happen to get us out of the abyss the last administration put us in. Our President said it would be 2 years before we might see improvements. We are just starting to crawl up outta that hole, and we have to ensure that we aren't pushed back down. Anger needs to be focused on the people who put us there.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  149. honest John in Vermont

    The Democrats will reap the revenge of the voters because THE ECONOMY is everyones # 1 problem. We don't care about another round of Mideast Peace Talks which aren't going to work anyway. Obama is so out of touch with the real economic pain people are feeling and they will vote against his party. It's all pretty sad because it's the Republicans who got us in this hole but people are upset and will vote again for them. Obama had a mandate on the economy and he blew it.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  150. jay

    Blame Barney Frank and his cronies for Fannie Mae an Freddie Mac loans, causing the housing collapse.
    NOT every one can afford a home, as everyone knows. Homes in the 250K an up are unafforable for most Americans and thats how we got were we are now. Now we are backing down to an afforable level as was in the mid 90's.
    Business's need lower taxes so they can hire and expand, people need less govt and less spending,
    Many areas of Govt should be TURNED OVER to civilian employers and small business, IE simple maintenance, office admin, etc

    September 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  151. BD70 Webster NY

    Because voters want instant gratification. Too bad it doesn't happen like that.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  152. suzi

    The real Democrats are still true to the party. Why don't they take these polls where it is more of a mixture, not Repub leaning, like they always do. I really wish they would call me and ask my opinion. If the Independent voter is listening to the hate and lies that are being told, then they were leaning that way or are too dumb to see what is going on. If that is the way they vote, I wish they would have to suffer for it and not me. I hated the eight years we had to put up with Bush as president, it was degrading to say the least.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  153. wcmillionairre

    "Why no voter love for Dems?"

    Let me answer that question, with a question...

    Why no Dems love for AMERICA?

    September 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  154. Sam (Southlake-TX)

    This is a new trend in American politics. It is called anti-incumbency. The proliferation of internet media, blogs, instant comments and feedbacks on website etc has played a big role in this. There are many avenues for vested interests to fund negative campaigns on any political personality. If the Reps come in power in 2012, they will have to face the same dynamic forces. To bring the reps down, the union groups both public and private will work overtime to spread negativity and portray failures. You will see the billboards on highways, tweets, reporters advancing special interest groups whom they have an inclination towards etc...
    Politics is becoming the new sport for American public much like baseball, football, basketball. It is the era of politainment.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  155. Butch in SC

    Why? Obama is so two-faced – he wants everything BOTH ways. There are so many examples. To pick a few:
    1) He shoved that Health Care bill down our throats against our wishes but is holding it back and it won't be in force for 4 years. (We have it, we don't!)
    2) Now he's "ending the combat in Iraq", BUT 50,000 troops will remain there! (The war is ended – NO it isn't!)
    (Nevermind the fact that this was a deadline Bush made with the Iraqi's before he left office. It's BUSH's policy, but Obama acts like it's his own campaign promise he's fulfilling. He's so disingenuous!!!! )

    September 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  156. Tom White

    The country has fallen out of love with the Democrats because they have proven just as inept as the republicans. To do anything that is right for the country and not themselves. Washington is run by big money and lobbyists not out elected officials. Our present situation cries for term limits on all elected officials. If we don't get the term limits soon our country is doomed.
    Tom , Wisconsin

    September 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  157. Broke2010

    Either Democrat still does not understand what is the important issue of this country or they don't want to solve the problem.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  158. Jack (NorCal)

    It continues. When I was in high school the class officers went to Washington on invitation with thrilled expectations. Came back deflated. In college the people in government studies wouldn't go because they knew they would get the "funding" in time and had no rush. We lost some very good people with vision as early as high school. It's not just the Democrats, it's the frustrated people in that age group giving up hope, early and late. Key is we lost some very good people with vision.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  159. Nunya

    It would help if they would LISTEN to the people. Same reason Obamanation will be a 1-term prez.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  160. ray

    I don't know the answer to why the Dems are going south.
    But as for the Mideast deal, Every president dead or alive
    would not have a prayer in trying to work something out.
    Let's face it, the hate will go on for another 5 thousand years.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  161. Joan Bunk

    Probably because people want instant success and Obama set the bar high. People want to change in a few months what took 8 years to create. They forget too easily that Republicans took a $237 billion surplus and turned it into a $1.3 trillion deficit over eight years. If we think Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility, then shame on us.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  162. Sean from Maine

    I think we should give control of Congress back to the Republicans. I mean, they did such an outstanding job when they were in power didn't they. Give me a break. Did the American people already forget the Bush years. Take some ginko biloba and get real.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  163. Alan Stuart

    1. Expectations for Obama were too high. When he did not meet these expectations, people turned on him.

    2. The media fell in love with the Tea Party Movement and reported the movement's wild accusations without question. Many people have come to believe these accusations.

    3. Many people have a short attention span. They do not remember how much worse things were when Bush left office.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  164. Charlie

    They're bringing the country too far to the left. People are realizing they didn't want the type of change Obama and this congress is giving us. They're realizing that one party with all the power is never good.

    Starkville, MS

    September 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  165. cybexg

    Because Americans have become soft, impatient, forgetful of the recent past, and unwilling to listen to anything other than sound bites.

    Take a look at what passes for journalism now. Listen to what the public now accepts as reason...It isn't that America has a problem with the democrats, it is that America has lost the ability to reason, to work for a common good, and to learn from the past.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  166. jackietreehorn

    Not sure, to be honest, especially after the total screwing over we were given by Bush and previous congressional republicans? Equally surprising that the new republicans that are supposedly so in favor are absolutely scary as hell? Palin, Angle, Wilson, Buck? These cretans are theocratic corporatists who will wreck social security, and give everything else left to give to the rich. Thats all the repubs are now, corporate and wealth whores.

    I bet though that it won't be so bad for the democrats, the same poll you cite had democrats up by 9 pts back in late July, but that was an anomaly becasue it went agaisnt the media narrative for this election

    September 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  167. sab

    Wishful thinking Jack God has the last word he will not let the people in need suffer and the ones that are hateful will not have to answer to us but the all might. if the republican win they will not fair well. they took us to 2 wars and so many women and mens husband wifes children lost their lifes. I am a democrate my whole family. I would never vote for a republican. My mother told me long time ago why bless her soul.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  168. John

    Jack, it's not that everyone was so much in love with democrats but rather in hate of George Bush and were scared of Sara Palin. Yes George Bush was republican but his policies were much further left than those republicans before him. He spent tons of money. (duh!) He gave more money to world Aids than any president before him combined!! Iraq turned out to be a fiasco and we're finally getting out of there, or so Obama says. Unfortunately Obama has outspent George Bush in the first year than GB did in four, and in at least one bill that was unpopular and has yet to yield any results.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  169. Greg

    As usual, the American people have no patience and think that economic problems that took eight years to build can be solved in two. In addition, they can't recognize a good long-term investment when they see one (health care) even though long-term investment is what we need now.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  170. prelow

    Most DEms dont own a computer.....wait til election time the vote will show......give OBAMA some time to fix what Bush destroyed!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  171. Alan Webb

    It's simple – The Dems promised CHANGE, but it's the same old game instead. Now Paul Begala says "The Dems have to attack the Republicans to win the game." What a joke.

    All the Democrats have to do is put people back to work and all the backlash will go away, as simple as that. But it will never happen, just attack the Republicans instead of doing anything meaningful.

    The Dems have Veto power from the White House, control both the House and Senate, and the best solution according to Begala is to attack the Republicans. What a stupid concept in my thinking....

    September 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  172. Juan Carlos de Burbon, NYC, NY

    It's because they stopped listening to the voters.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm |

    good day jack

    it isn't that the people have fallen out of love with the democrats........it's..because of people forgetting how bad we had it with the republicans and george bush the two terms before!!!!!!

    good day

    September 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  174. Earl

    As much as they jab at each other, the Dems and Republicans are arm and arm as they march us down the road to ruin. You can step left or step right a bit, the path won't change.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  175. Jake Arnette

    I am astonished and saddened that the public looks as though they will restore the House and Senate to the rogues who brought us to where we currently are economically.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  176. Mike in Florida

    The VAST majority of Americans are "right-leaning" centrists and we are tired of being told by the left that we are racist, ignorant, fascist, stupid, etc etc, because we have our own beliefs.

    We are tired of being told by the left that they know what's good for us and we are totally clueless.

    Americans are realizing that WE CAN vote out the same old fools and that is what we will do in November. And if the new fools are the same as the old fools, we'll vote them out in '12

    September 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  177. Greg Hamby

    Republican control of Government will result in a depression

    September 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  178. Dana

    We've become a country in need of instant gratification, and reality television. Which means we're dumber and we want everything now. The abyss the last administration put us into is almost bottomless. Our President has only been in office for 18 months. He said it would take at least 2 years before we saw any improvement. I say we give him and our congress some more time, and keep the progressive reps in office and vote some more in. Let's use Alan Grayson as an example.

    September 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  179. Brian

    One word: 2009 (ok, technically a number)

    September 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  180. Kevin

    After 8 years of George Bush and his boss Cheney, how on Earth can Americans think Republicans will do better at handling corruption? On second thought, how can they think they would do better at ANYTHING!

    September 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  181. Ryan San Diego

    We are sick of the Democrats spending us into oblivion.

    September 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm |