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Congressional Insiders Poll

September 13, 2012

Which party had the better national convention?

Democrats (22 Votes)

Republicans: 0%
Democrats: 100%
Neither: 0%



“Weird old white guy cusses at an empty chair versus Bill Clinton. Duh!”

“Thank God for Bill Clinton!”

“Democrats had a better convention. The Dem convention was positive, uplifting, on message, motivational for the base. Republican convention was bookended by Todd Akin and Clint Eastwood’s empty chair. One long, anti-Obama infomercial. Enough said.”

“Far and away better! Spirited/Positive/Substantive!”

“It’s the Clintons, stupid!”

“Dems, hands down. They had Clint Eastwood. We had Bill Clinton and a slew of veterans. Game over.”

“All of the speakers at the DNC were on message. The DNC displayed a greater sense of unity and diversity. The DNC looked more like America.”

“Democrats left Charlotte fired up and ready to fight for the priorities of Middle America and working families.”

“Bill Clinton rekindled Dem enthusiasm.”

“Are you kidding?”



Which party had the better national convention?

Republicans (22 Votes)

Republicans: 68%
Democrats: 14%
Neither: 18%


“The Republicans had new faces, especially Paul Ryan who had just been selected, while the Democrats featured two men who are known quantities.”

“Democrats [were] totally disorganized and in disarray. ‘Big tent’ looked more like the ‘Big Top.’ What a circus!”

“Romney delivered, and the Dems got entangled on social issues rather than talk about a plan for jobs.”

“We are $16 billion in debt, more Americans are jobless than in the history of our country, the Middle East could explode in nuclear war at any minute ... and the message from one of the Democrats’ most touted speakers was whining that the government wouldn’t pay for her birth control. You tell me.”

“For solutions, Republicans had the better convention. For blaming others, self-pity, and celebrity sightings, the Democrats had the better convention.”


“Both parties had perception problems with their partisan platforms, but Obama ultimately got the bounce he needed.”

“But it won’t matter in November. Obama didn’t tell voters why the next four years would be better—or even different—from the last four years. Why would anyone vote for four more years of this?”


“No movement on the meter for either party. It’s like the conventions never happened. All eyes [will be] on the first debate.”

“Three to four days is too long.”



Which party benefits more politically from the looming sequestration defense cuts?

Democrats (22 Votes)

Republicans: 0%
Democrats: 32%
Neither: 68%


“It’s hard for the Republicans to bemoan something they voted for.”

“Assuming they play it right, Democrats can enlighten voters that Republicans don’t care about domestic issues and that Republicans can’t be trusted to stick by anything they say they support.”

“D’s hold all the cards on the fiscal cliff. They win, or they win with taxes up and defense cuts.”

“Democrats have a balanced plan to turn off the sequester, and Republicans have an unserious plan.”


“Across-the-board cuts are never a good idea; [they] do more harm than good.”

“Dysfunctionality is dysfunctionality.”

“The cuts are not beneficial to the American people, and they would punish both parties because they will scale back delivery of programs that are important to the American way of life.”

“It was what the Republicans wanted, now they want to pretend they don’t own it. However, lots of Americans want defense cuts.”

“It’s a disaster for everybody.”



Which party benefits more politically from the looming sequestration defense cuts?

Republicans (22 Votes)

Republicans: 46%
Democrats: 9%
Neither: 46%


“Republicans, slightly, because of residual strong defense identity, but people aren’t sure really who to blame.”

“Serves as a reminder that Obama didn’t bring the promised change—a meat ax does not work.”

“States like Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida won’t go for Obama if he continues to be AWOL on fixing the problem.”

“The defense sequestration cuts fall squarely on the shoulders of the president (refer to Woodward’s book, p. 326).”


“Great for their base. Not sure what made us do this.”


“The whole country loses. While spending absolutely has to be brought under control, it must be done with a more rational and thoughtful process.”

“They both voted for it. Both agree it would be a disaster. Yet neither party is capable of governing or compromising. The less each side says about this, the better. Each party should be embarrassed.”

“On defense sequestration, Republicans are against cutting spending and Democrats are in favor of reducing the federal workforce. No one wins.”

“These cuts would hurt our national defense. That is not good politics for anyone.”


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.

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