Latest Poll Goodies

LATEST POLL GOODIES….Man, this has got to hurt if you’re a Republican: the public prefers the Democrats on every single issue in today’s Washington Post poll. Even on terrorism, the GOP’s longtime go-to issue, the public prefers the Democrats by 46%-41%. Other tidbits:

  • Democrats lead Republicans in the generic congressional poll by 12%. That’s good, but it’s worth keeping in mind that Dems led by about that much midway through 2004 too. Don’t break out the champagne yet.

  • As usual, most Americans think Congress sucks but also think their own representatives are doing fine. Likewise, they think the country is headed in the wrong direction, but their own community is in great shape. (Much the same dynamic can be found in polls about education: American schools suck, but everyone thinks their own local school is just dandy.)

  • Sadly, American don’t care much about privacy. Large majorities think the NSA’s domestic monitoring program is just fine and don’t mind if the NSA has access to their phone records. In a way, I’m not surprised, though. I’ve always been pretty appalled at how much personal information people are happy to give away for even the slightest bribe (a free download from iTunes!).

    On the bright side, a sizable majority also believes it was right for the press to disclose the program.

  • 31% of the respondents say that higher gasoline prices have caused them “serious hardship.” Really? Even though I’ve written about this before, this still seems like a pretty high number.

  • There are plenty of other routine results as well: Bush’s approval rating is in the toilet, the Iraq war is unpopular, we should bring the troops home, etc. etc.

Full results are here.