POLL: Voters more likely to see Dems as dominated by extremists

From The Hill,

Likely voters in battleground districts see extremists as having a more dominant influence over the Democratic Party than the GOP.

This result comes from The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll, which found that 44 percent of likely voters say the Democratic Party is more dominated by its extreme elements; whereas 37 percent say it’s the Republican Party that is more dominated by extremists.

The revelations in a survey of 10 toss-up congressional districts across the country point to problems for Democrats, who are trying to motivate a disillusioned base and appeal to independents moving to the GOP ahead of the Nov. 2 election.

The polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland conducted the survey, contacting 4,047 likely voters by phone between Oct. 2 and Oct. 7. The margin of error for this sample is 1.5 percent.

Lets face it, the poll results are not good for either party if a sane, responsible, extremist influence-free two party system is something you crave. The Republicans have their share of wackos out there and yes, they do have far too much influence over what is considered mainstream GOP policy. But let us also not pretend that the left is free from the same forces originating from the far left fringe. People have noticed.

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3 Responses to POLL: Voters more likely to see Dems as dominated by extremists

  1. 71LesPaul says:

    “..But let us also not pretend that the left is free from the same forces originating from the far left fringe.”

    The GOP may be as nutty as a Payday bar, but the Dems are a whole bag of mixed nuts.

    • Drae says:

      A fruit and nut mix?

      The koslings have done well adding their orange to the mixed nuts of the left. I think this infusion of far-left progressives into the mainstream of the left is what this poll is reflecting.

    • Gripweed says:

      Yep. And if that kind of perception exists in the minds of voters so soon before an election it’s going to get pretty ugly for the Dems. The poll results are especially interesting when you consider that this cycle saw the birth of the “tea party candidate” which was supposed to scare people away from the right (justifiably so in the cases of a couple of those candidates). It turns out the Democrats wound up with the image problem instead.

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