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May 1, 2007

Not So Fast

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Although ""poll after poll shows dissatisfaction with President Bush and an "enthusiasm gap" working against Republicans heading into next year's elections,"" it's apparently way too soon for the Dems to be rushing for bottles of champagne. It turns out that the top Republican presidential candidates are running even with or ahead of the top Democrats in head-to-head matchups:

"A major cautionary note for the Democrats at this point in the election cycle is the disparity between Americans' partisan preferences for the next president in the abstract and their preferences between specific candidates being offered up to the voters," the Gallup Poll said in a analysis.

"A lot of people who disapprove of both the war in Iraq and President Bush's handling of it do not necessarily want Hillary or a Democrat as president. That is particularly true of independents who voted overwhelmingly for Democrats for Congress in the 2006 election, but they split fairly evenly when the choice is Rudy or Hillary," he said.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said it proves that the candidates matter.

For now, Democrats have momentum. Yet with big Mo on their side, the fact that Republican candidates are running even with or ahead of the top Democrats in head-to-head matchups speaks loudly to the candidates themselves. In my mind this is a positive thing for the American people, an indication that the qualities of the person matter more than party loyalty. And with the Republicans having worked so hard to shoot themselves in their own feet so many times over the past couple of years, they should be grateful that Americans are still looking at individual candidates.

Posted by Richard at May 1, 2007 6:26 AM

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