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National Surveys
Grim Stability Will Require Race-by-Race Fight
Friday, June 25 2010

Tags: democracy corps | Democrats | economy | national | Republican Party

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National survey of 1,001 2008 voters conducted June 19-22, 2010. This tracking is for Democracy Corps' polling at the end of June.  While these results were released publicly, we thought it would be helpful for progressive leaders to stare at the results - particularly the stability over the last three months. It should move them to battle more intensely race-by-race - and push the national leaders to a different frame for this election.

With the recovery barely visible and Democrats still behind on the economy, progressives should not seek a mandate based on their performance, but on their advocacy for ordinary people versus Wall Street and on where they want to take the country, compared to the Republicans.  Democratic candidates should run as outsiders and independents that battle to change Washington.  They should show their passion for jobs, the economy and middle class. **Note: Questions 66 through 69 had the data for 'second statement strongly' and 'second statement somewhat' reversed. This was corrected June 28, 2010.

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Monthly Report on Real Economic Indicators
Friday, June 25 2010

Tags: democracy corps | economy | national

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The monthly tracking on the state of the macro and micro economy makes it even harder to build a short-term economic narrative predicated on national economic progress. That may be possible in years ahead, but difficult in the next four months. A declining number believe the economy is improving, with only 40 percent saying it is “starting to improve" - and a growing number believing it is getting worse. For the great majority of Americans, this is a period of uncertainty. Indeed, over 60 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction - stuck at that level since the first month of positive job numbers.

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Toward Renewal and Leadership
Thursday, June 03 2010

Tags: democracy corps | Democrats | economy | national | obama | Republican Party | third way

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As President Obama issues his new national security strategy, a new Democracy Corps-Third Way survey shows the president continues to earn stronger marks on national security than on the economy or on his overall approval. Moreover, there are signs the president's recent efforts to address nuclear dangers and terrorism have improved the public's trust in Democrats on these issues, relative to the Republicans. Since our last joint survey in February, Democrats also slightly narrow the gap with Republicans on national security generally.

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Getting to a Powerful Choice on the Economy
Thursday, May 20 2010

Tags: Citizen Opinion | democracy corps | Democrats | economy | national | obama | Republican Party

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The lack of movement in our monthly economic monitor even after a quarter of job growth underscores the urgency of progressives advancing an effective economic message. The current messages coming from President Obama and the national Democrats are demonstrably ineffective - indeed, out of sync with what is happening to people in the real economy. The message has voters looking backward instead of forward, fails to take full advantage of voters' continuing contempt for Republicans and fails to offer voters a powerful contrast and choice. But there are powerful alternatives to the current approach, which would strengthen the case for progressives and individual candidates.

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How to Survive 2010
Wednesday, May 05 2010

Tags: democracy corps | Democrats | national | Republican Party | rising american electorate | wvwvaf

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Democrats need to make substantial political progress in the next six months.  The basic problem is math.  Currently independent voters prefer Republicans over Democrats by two to one in congressional trial heats.  Other groups, such as blue collar whites and white seniors are similarly lopsided in their preferences.  More competitive margins are possible with these groups, but that could come too late, and there are more immediate places to make up the numbers. Good places to start are among unmarried women, young people and people of color.  Voters we call the Rising American Electorate (RAE), who make up the majority of the voting age population in the country and voters who drove progressive victories in 2006 and 2008.  They remain supportive but not nearly in the same numbers.  They can help rescue Democrats from a very forgettable electoral cycle in 2010.  Unmarried women alone make up 25 percent of the population and can have the biggest impact. This joint project by Women's Voices. Women Vote Action Fund and Democracy Corps highlights distinct opportunities among these voters, but also core problems that need real attention and major political investments to make right.

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