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POLITICAL INSIDERS POLL

Democratic Insiders Happy With Their Party's Fiscal-Cliff Performance

To date, which party has performed better during fiscal-cliff negotiations?

DEMOCRATS (109 VOTES)

Republicans: 2%
Democrats: 80%
Neither: 18%

 

Democrats

“Republicans again defending the rich from paying their fair share of the burden. Didn’t they just lose an election over that?”

“The GOP appears out of touch and determined to wish away the results of the 2012 elections.”

 

“The Republicans don’t seem to understand that they lost the election and that tax rates on the rich will go up. They keep pretending this is 2010. It’s not. The president has the leverage, and he intends to use it.”

“While there have not actually been negotiations, the public seems prepared to blame Republicans if nothing happens.”

“Always better to play offense, to speak with conviction, and to not threaten America’s older voters.”

“The longer it takes Republicans to realize how weak their hand is, the better for Democrats.”

 

“When the business community is criticizing the Republicans, you know they are in trouble.”

“Republicans are acting as if there wasn’t an election.”

“Republicans do not seem to have learned from the election that tax cuts for the rich don’t impact most Americans. They are about to learn it now.”

“The Republicans continue to look like obstructionists and whiny children, which elevates President Obama.”

“They’ve seized the one issue that resonates—taxing the wealthy—and have run with it. But the president needs a deal, and there’s not a lot of time left.”

“The president has learned to play poker, and he’ll force Republicans to fold.”

Neither

“So far, it is all foreplay. Doesn’t mean much.”

“The president’s initial offer was way too much of an overreach.
But the Republicans can’t speak with one strategic voice about taxes, which weakens them.”

“Come on, both sides look stupid.”

 

To date, which party has performed better during fiscal-cliff negotiations?

REPUBLICANS (104 VOTES)

Republicans: 34%
Democrats: 26%
Neither: 40%

Republicans

“Republicans blinked first on taxes. It was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, Democrats refuse to relinquish any ground on entitlement spending and are doing the country a tremendous disservice.”

“The Republicans actually tried to negotiate, while the Democrats are still celebrating and are mostly engaged in political theater.”

“John Boehner’s opening statement after the election put revenues on the table. The White House responded with a new stimulus proposal and a campaign-style trip bashing Republicans. Instead of becoming Bill Clinton II, President Obama seems destined to become a two-term Jimmy Carter.”

Democrats

“Republicans still have not come up with a good counter to ‘Millionaires and billionaires can afford to pay a little more.’ ”

“Do we have a message on our side?”

“Obama is running circles around the GOP, who can’t seem to get their act together.”

“Boxing in the Republicans and making it appear as though they are voices of reason. Not good.”

Neither

“Neither has performed well, but the absence of presidential leadership is stunning.”

“A standoff—neither side being particularly honest yet. This one goes down to the wire.”

“Both are stonewalling.”

“We shouldn’t expect either side to discuss, publicly, their concessions.”

“Everyone sees where the deal is, but no one seems able to get it done.”

“The country thinks we’re all crazy.”

 

In the new Congress, what should be your party’s top legislative priority?

DEMOCRATS (93 Votes)

Climate change: 8%
Education: 3%
Health care: 4%
Immigration: 30%
Social Security: 11%
Taxes: 44%

Climate change

“It’s an existential threat, and time’s a-wasting. There are plenty of things that could get done even in a divided Congress that would seriously help.”

Education

“Without better connecting the American educational system with our future needs, the next generation of Americans will not thrive economically.”

Health care

“Ensuring that the Affordable Care Act performs as promised and defending it against guerrilla attacks from the right will yield dividends for all other initiatives.”

Immigration

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