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Congressional Insiders Poll

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Q: Do you support the Obama administration's handling of General Motors and Chrysler?

Democrats (27 votes)

Yes 89%
No  11%



"Tough love!"


"Although I am concerned that we need to stop giving money away, I am willing to give the president a chance to continue his program. I may not feel this way much longer."

"He's the one driving this car. They have to pay attention."

"Unless they modernize and get a clue, they have no future. But the effect of a collapse on the unemployment situation is too big to ignore."

"What happened to the CEOs' taking only a dollar-a-year salary?"



"Still 'trickle-down' economics."

Q: Do you support the Obama administration's handling of General Motors and Chrysler?

Republicans (34 votes)

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Yes         6%
No         91%
Don't know  3%



"It should've happened sooner and applied to banks and anyone seeking a bailout, but the unavoidable truth was that a massive restructuring was needed if these companies are to survive and regain solvency."

"Yes, so far, perhaps because I expected it to be an absolute rollover to the auto unions, and the administration's auto-recovery group as composed is embarrassingly unqualified to be making these critical decisions for America's auto-manufacturing future."


"It is chilling that this government is dictating who businesses hire and don't hire."

"When did the president pick up a background in running global manufacturing corporations?"

"The Obama 'shake-up' has done nothing to restore confidence or change the overall direction of the companies, so they are headed down the same path which led to this mess."

"The president seems to be struggling to get out of campaign mode and into presidential mode. What we saw in his announcement was a purely political decision to ignore the findings of his own task force, demonstrating a painful lack of understanding of the auto industry and certainly exhibiting no real concern for autoworkers and their families."

"The Obama administration is on a slippery slope to micromanaging major companies. The president now owns the outcome of the bankruptcy and restructuring of these two companies. There is no political upside for him in this outcome and considerable political peril."

"If President Obama can't get 'card check' passed, he'll empower unions one company at a time."

"Is the president going to pick the board? Why is the UAW president still the UAW president?"

"Big Government run amok!"

"$22 billion later, and Chapter 11 is still the best and only option."

"They broke it, they own it... now."

Q: What is the likeliest outcome in this Congress of the debate on energy and climate change?

Democrats (27 votes)

Sweeping change     33%
Incremental change  67%
No change            0%


Sweeping change

"We will start down the path of moving from fossil fuels to alternatives -- helping to save the planet and creating new technology and jobs in the process."

"Every star is aligned. It's an economic factor and a job creator. People are ahead of their government and understand the need for change, as well as for de-linking ourselves from those unfriendly to us and becoming independent of their oil."

"Any movement forward is momentous after eight years of denials and inaction by the Bush administration."

" 'Sweeping change' because [global warming] is a real threat."

Incremental change

"Cloaked as 'sweeping change.' "

"But it could be 'sweeping,' depending on how effective Obama and our leadership will be in steering our herd."

"[But] we need 'sweeping change'; the warming planet won't wait as we wager our grandchildren's lives for short-term gain. The president's proposed cap-and-trade is a must. And that's just the beginning of what is needed."

"We'll only allow California to drop off the continent!"

"Incremental, unless energy prices [rise] dramatically."

"It's absolutely possible we could get no change."

"Too many vested interests to make the changes we need to make."

Q: What is the likeliest outcome in this Congress of the debate on energy and climate change?

Republicans (34 votes)

Sweeping change    15%
Incremental change 53%
No change          29%
Don't know          3%


Sweeping change

"Democrats are beholden to radical environmentalists and will place their interests over economic recovery."

Incremental change

"The only way progress happens is in excruciating increments. Many opponents will also highlight the fact that some climate-change policies hurt the economy, and this isn't the time for that message."

"Cap-and-trade is a BTU tax all over again. Can't happen in this awful economic climate; working families would be devastated."

"Will depend on whether gas prices go back into the four-bucks-a-gallon range this summer. Could be the breakthrough the administration needs to get something done."

"Too much else is going on for this to be 'sweeping.' "

" 'Incremental' on energy. 'Sweeping' on climate change, if it occurs. Like comprehensive immigration reform, it's all or nothing this session. Democrats [are] too far out on a limb to crawl back, even though the public buy-in isn't anywhere near where they think it is."

No change

"This issue is quickly becoming toxic for many Democrats. And they pursue it at their own political risk."

"As gas prices climb this summer, lawmakers on both sides will again clamor to increase American energy production and lower the cost at the pump. No way will Americans let environmental Democrats strap an extra $1.27-per-gallon tax on gas prices."

"Democrats are not willing to make the kind of change that could command widespread public support -- that is, a comprehensive energy plan. Instead, they will try for cap-and-tax and will fail."

"The Democrats' refusal to embrace nuclear power, clean coal, and natural gas leaves them with proposals that are too expensive and impractical. Thanks to a classic overreach by the ideological Left, the Democratic proposal will collapse under its own weight. The GOP and conservative Democrats will unite to hand [Nancy] Pelosi her first real defeat on a major initiative."

"No way Blue Dogs and Midwestern Democrats [will] sign on to a regressive energy tax increase."

National Journal Insiders Democratic Congressional Insiders Sens. Sherrod Brown, Ben Cardin, Thomas Carper, Christopher Dodd, Edward Kennedy, Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Mikulski, Mark Pryor, Jon Tester; Reps. Jason Altmire, Robert Andrews, Michael Arcuri, Tammy Baldwin, Melissa Bean, Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman, Marion Berry, Rick Boucher, Michael Capuano, Dennis Cardoza, Chris Carney, James Clyburn, Jim Cooper, Joseph Crowley, Elijah Cummings, Artur Davis, Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Bob Filner, Alcee Hastings, Mike Honda, Steve Israel, Frank Kratovil, Jim Langevin, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Nita Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, Ed Markey, Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern, Kendrick Meek, Jim Moran, David Price, Silvestre Reyes, Jan Schakowsky, Jose Serrano, Adam Smith, John Spratt, Pete Stark, John Tanner, Ellen Tauscher, Bennie Thompson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Henry Waxman, and Peter Welch.

GOP Congressional Insiders Sens. Lamar Alexander, Jim Bunning, John Cornyn, Jim DeMint, Lindsey Graham, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Johnny Isakson, Richard Lugar, Mel Martinez, Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe, John Thune, David Vitter; Reps. Michele Bachmann, Brian Bilbray, Marsha Blackburn, Roy Blunt, John Boehner, Charles Boustany, Kevin Brady, John Campbell, Eric Cantor, John Carter, Michael Castle, Tom Cole, Mike Conaway, David Dreier, Jeff Flake, Scott Garrett, Bob Goodlatte, Kay Granger, Doc Hastings, Pete Hoekstra, Bob Inglis, Darrell Issa, Peter King, Jack Kingston, Mark Kirk, John Kline, Christopher Lee, Dan Lungren, Kenny Marchant, Kevin McCarthy, Patrick McHenry, John Mica, Candice Miller, Sue Myrick, Devin Nunes, Mike Pence, Tom Price, Adam Putnam, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Mike Rogers of Michigan, Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, John Shadegg, Adrian Smith, Mark Souder, Pat Tiberi, Fred Upton, and Joe Wilson.

This article appears in the April 4, 2009 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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