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Congressional Insiders Poll

Would you attend a campaign event with your party’s presidential nominee in your district?

DEMOCRATS (27 Votes)

Yes: 100%
No: 0%



“There are disappointments, but the contrast with Republicans recruits Democratic fans.”

“Both the president and vice president remain popular in Delaware. I’d be happy to attend a campaign event for them in my state—or in any other state, for that matter.”


“I’m running for mayor—and I want him in San Diego!”

“The president honors my constituents with his presence in my district.”

“Every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

“Just did. President Obama wisely spent all day Thursday in our district, from Toledo to Cleveland.”


“I would love to, but since President Obama got the highest percentage in the nation in my district, I suspect he is not coming.”


Would you attend a campaign event with your party’s presidential nominee in your district?


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Yes: 100%
No: 0%


“There are probably only 20 Democrats and five Republicans who will be hurt by their respective POTUS nominee.”

“He’s the party’s nominee.”

“Heck, yes! Voters in my district are desperate for a change in the White House.”

“Already have. Romney has the track record to win an election about the economy and jobs.”

“Our base is ready to turn out big-time.”

“The district I represent is dominated by Republican voters.”

“Yes, because there won’t be any events for Obama in my district. Every Democrat in the state is running away from him!”

“Absolutely! Romney is going to crush in my district, big change from last election when it was essentially a tie between Obama and McCain.”

“Hell, yeah.”


Was the Supreme Court’s decision on health care good or bad for your party’s electoral prospects in the fall?

DEMOCRATS (27 Votes)

Good: 81%
Bad: 0%
No difference: 19%


“Ultimately, it will be good for many people in our country. If Democrats figure out how to message consistently and clearly on how the law enables us to achieve better health care outcomes for less money or for the same amount of money, it will be a plus for our party, too.”

“A negative decision would have cast a pall on the president’s priorities and leadership. But the decision also benefits the Republicans: They do not have to face push-back from disappointed supporters of health care, and they do not have to come up with positive alternatives.”

“The Court’s decision is a victory and can serve to energize the base.”

“While most voters’ attention is rightly on the economy, the entire health care debate highlights for voters Romney’s incredible duplicity on the issue.”

No difference

“No difference politically; people who hate it still do, and people who love it still do. But the decision was very good for the country.”

“People and businesses are finally asking what is ‘really’ in the bill.”

“No difference—people long ago made up their minds on health care.”


Was the Supreme Court’s decision on health care good or bad for your party’s electoral prospects in the fall?


Good: 82%
Bad: 9%
No difference: 5%
Other: 5%


“Basically, Obama has a noose around his neck with a very unpopular law, and the Supreme Court said, ‘Yeah, it’s tied right.’ ”

“Good for Republicans in the fall, bad for the American people.”

“I only answered ‘good’ because ‘great’ wasn’t an option. We get a fired-up base and get to talk about ‘Obamataxcare’ in terms of the economy and taxes.”

“It really excited the base. It also united the party.”

“It was a terrible decision on a policy basis, but it has completely energized our base, and the intensity factor is now in Republicans’ favor.”

“Although I disagree with it, there’s no doubt it significantly raises the intensity of voters in my district.”

“Either way, it was a political win that will only galvanize more Americans, especially independents, to vote Republican.”

“Good and very good for the country.”

“[Chief Justice John] Roberts helps GWB and now Mitt.”

“The Affordable Care Act is highly unpopular in the district I represent.”

“It was bad for the country but good for the GOP’s electoral prospects. The only way to repeal it now is to replace this president with a new one. I think the decision is also good for the political system. Making the voters assume responsibility for the consequences of their decisions is a very good thing indeed.”

“It will energize the same voters from 2010, and add to the narrative of too much big-government intrusion and taxes.”

“Obamacare decision should energize Republican base, but uncertain as to its impact on undecided voters in battleground states—the real election battle. “


“Discouraged the base.”


Democratic Congressional Insiders Sens. Sherrod Brown, Ben Cardin, Thomas Carper, Christopher A. Coons, Mark Pryor, Tom Udall; Reps. Jason Altmire, Robert Andrews, Tammy Baldwin, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman, Lois Capps, Michael Capuano, Dennis Cardoza, James Clyburn, Gerry Connolly, Joseph Crowley, Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, Elliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Bob Filner, Rush Holt, Mike Honda, Marcy Kaptur, Jim Langevin, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Ed Markey, Jim McGovern, Jim Moran, Gary Peters, Collin Peterson, David Price, Linda Sanchez, Kurt Schrader, Allyson Schwartz, Jose Serrano, Bennie Thompson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Henry Waxman, Peter Welch, and Frederica Wilson.

GOP Congressional Insiders Sens. Johnny Isakson, Richard Lugar, David Vitter; Reps. John Boehner, Charles Boustany, Kevin Brady, John Campbell, Eric Cantor, John Carter, Tom Cole, Mike Conaway, Jeff Denham, David Dreier, Sean Duffy, Jo Ann Emerson, Jeff Flake, Scott Garrett, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Kay Granger, Doc Hastings, Nan Hayworth, Tim Huelskamp, Mike Kelly, Peter King, Jack Kingston, Adam Kinzinger, John Kline, Dan Lungren, Kenny Marchant, Kevin McCarthy, Patrick McHenry, Candice Miller, Sue Myrick, Devin Nunes, Tom Price, Dave Reichert, Reed Ribble, Phil Roe, Paul Ryan, Aaron Schock, David Schweikert, Austin Scott, Adrian Smith, Steve Stivers, Lee Terry, Pat Tiberi, Fred Upton, Daniel Webster, and Joe Wilson.

This article appears in the July 14, 2012 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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