Poll: Is Democrats’ Focus on the Koch Brothers Working?

Michael Catalini, Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell
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Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms Peter Bell
March 27, 2014, 5 p.m.

Is the Demo­crats’ fo­cus on the Koch broth­ers polit­ic­ally ef­fect­ive?

DEMO­CRATS (85 Votes)

Ef­fect­ive: 27%
Some­what ef­fect­ive: 48%
Not ef­fect­ive: 25%

Ef­fect­ive

“Voters are pay­ing at­ten­tion to out­side money this cycle. It is com­ing to a head.”

“Noth­ing ral­lies the Demo­crat­ic base like evil rich guys. See: Rom­ney, Mitt.”

Some­what ef­fect­ive

“Ef­fect­ive with the elite base for money. Voters ask, ‘Who are the Koch broth­ers?’ “

“The no­tion that evil bil­lion­aires who look and act like the broth­ers from Trad­ing Places are try­ing to con­trol gov­ern­ment has some res­on­ance.”

“At the end of the day, folks vote their fam­il­ies, not cam­paign fin­ance re­form, but the Koch broth­ers at least provide an op­por­tun­ity to talk about ‘choices.’ “

“They have little choice but to put an ugly face on the Koch Bros’ mil­lions. But the money will keep com­ing and is do­ing real dam­age.”

“Wak­ing up the Dem donor base is the point. The voter-mes­saging suc­cess will be if voters see the Kochs’ money in­terests when they see these ads.”

Not ef­fect­ive

“No one ever cares about con­tri­bu­tion lim­its, lob­by­ist money, PAC money. None of this ever mat­ters — none of it ever swings an un­de­cided vote — but we are too stu­pid to see that, and we keep hand­cuff­ing ourselves.”

Is the Demo­crats’ fo­cus on the Koch broth­ers polit­ic­ally ef­fect­ive?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (86 VOTES)

Ef­fect­ive: 1%
Some­what ef­fect­ive: 12%
Not ef­fect­ive: 87%

Some­what ef­fect­ive

“Some­what ef­fect­ive as a dis­trac­tion, but it won’t have the shelf life they need it to. It will be old news.”

“Raises more money than it costs to make the at­tacks, so there is a fin­an­cial be­ne­fit, just not a dir­ect sub­stant­ive one.”

Not ef­fect­ive

“Too ‘bo­gey­man’ type; it’s not what voters care about.”

“We tried this against [George] Sor­os in 2006. No one cared. And it cre­ates a prob­lem for [Geor­gia Sen­ate can­did­ate Michelle] Nunn that she doesn’t need.”

“It may mo­tiv­ate their base but will not im­pact swing and in­de­pend­ent voters. They hate polit­ics already; get­ting them to hate it more won’t help turnout. And Demo­crats are gen­er­ally favored with high­er turnout.”

“They might as well be talk­ing about the Mario Broth­ers for as much as the av­er­age low-in­form­a­tion voter cares.”

” ‘The Who broth­ers’? Any smart Demo­crat­ic op­er­at­ive will ad­mit to you that it’s a total Hail Mary.”

“It’s ac­tu­ally laugh­able.”

… … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

Is the Democrats' focus on the Koch brothers politically effective?

DEMO­CRATS (85 Votes)

Ef­fect­ive: 27%
Some­what ef­fect­ive: 48%
Not ef­fect­ive: 25%

Ef­fect­ive

“Voters are pay­ing at­ten­tion to out­side money this cycle. It is com­ing to a head.”

“Noth­ing ral­lies the Demo­crat­ic base like evil rich guys. See: Rom­ney, Mitt.”

Some­what ef­fect­ive

“Ef­fect­ive with the elite base for money. Voters ask, ‘Who are the Koch broth­ers?’ “

“The no­tion that evil bil­lion­aires who look and act like the broth­ers from Trad­ing Places are try­ing to con­trol gov­ern­ment has some res­on­ance.”

“At the end of the day, folks vote their fam­il­ies, not cam­paign fin­ance re­form, but the Koch broth­ers at least provide an op­por­tun­ity to talk about ‘choices.’ “

“They have little choice but to put an ugly face on the Koch Bros’ mil­lions. But the money will keep com­ing and is do­ing real dam­age.”

“Wak­ing up the Dem donor base is the point. The voter-mes­saging suc­cess will be if voters see the Kochs’ money in­terests when they see these ads.”

Not ef­fect­ive

“No one ever cares about con­tri­bu­tion lim­its, lob­by­ist money, PAC money. None of this ever mat­ters — none of it ever swings an un­de­cided vote — but we are too stu­pid to see that, and we keep hand­cuff­ing ourselves.”

Is the Democrats' focus on the Koch brothers politically effective?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (86 VOTES)

Ef­fect­ive: 1%
Some­what ef­fect­ive: 12%
Not ef­fect­ive: 87%

Some­what ef­fect­ive

“Some­what ef­fect­ive as a dis­trac­tion, but it won’t have the shelf life they need it to. It will be old news.”

“Raises more money than it costs to make the at­tacks, so there is a fin­an­cial be­ne­fit, just not a dir­ect sub­stant­ive one.”

Not ef­fect­ive

“Too ‘bo­gey­man’ type; it’s not what voters care about.”

“We tried this against [George] Sor­os in 2006. No one cared. And it cre­ates a prob­lem for [Geor­gia Sen­ate can­did­ate Michelle] Nunn that she doesn’t need.”

“It may mo­tiv­ate their base but will not im­pact swing and in­de­pend­ent voters. They hate polit­ics already; get­ting them to hate it more won’t help turnout. And Demo­crats are gen­er­ally favored with high­er turnout.”

“They might as well be talk­ing about the Mario Broth­ers for as much as the av­er­age low-in­form­a­tion voter cares.”

” ‘The Who broth­ers’? Any smart Demo­crat­ic op­er­at­ive will ad­mit to you that it’s a total Hail Mary.”

“It’s ac­tu­ally laugh­able.”

… … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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