Dems are in for some heavy weather in the fall, says pollster Stu Rothenberg in CQ Politics:
For Democrats, the sky is falling, according to two national polls, one conducted by Peter Hart and Bill McInturff for NBC News/Wall Street Journal and the other by OnMessage Inc. for the Republican National Committee.
The results of the two surveys are very much in sync and present an increasingly disturbing picture for Democrats.
. . . After scouring dozens of polls over the past couple of weeks, I have found only a few poll questions that can give Democrats much hope for November.
First, the Republican brand still stinks. Voters aren’t clamoring for Republicans to run anything in Washington, D.C., and polls continue to show that Americans still think that former President George W. Bush bears more of the responsibility for the nation’s economic pain than anyone else.
Nate Silver on what drove votes yesterday:
Those technicalities aside, the trend is pretty clear. All 12 Democrats running in a place where Obama received less than 40 percent of the vote decided against the bill, whereas 195 of 202 running where he received a majority voted for it (including 64 of 64 in places where Obama had at least 70 percent of the vote). The swing votes tended to come from those districts in which Obama received less than 50, but greater than 40 percent of the vote two Novembers ago.