ONE-PARTY RULE…. In the campaign’s closing weeks, McCain/Palin emphasized a strategic reason to vote for the Republican ticket: the GOP minority was going to shrink even further in Congress, and voters should fear “one-party rule.”

There’s a very good reason this tactic failed.

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday, 59 percent of those questioned think that Democratic control of both the executive and legislative branches will be good for the country, with 38 percent saying that such one-party control will be bad.

“That much good will from the public opens a window of opportunity for the Democrats,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “But the public expects results and may not listen to excuses for very long if a Democratic Congress and a Democratic White House can’t get their act together in time.”

The poll also suggests that the public has a positive view of the Democratic Party, with 62 percent having a favorable opinion and 31 percent an unfavorable opinion.

That is not the case for the Republicans, with a majority, 54 percent, having an unfavorable view of the GOP and 38 percent holding a positive view.

The Democratic Party’s rating has improved significantly over the last month, going from a 53% favorable rating to 62%. The Republican Party’s numbers have dropped five points over the same period.

The Dems’ numbers haven’t been this high in 16 years. Republicans’ numbers haven’t been this low since the party launched a ridiculous impeachment crusade against Bill Clinton 10 years ago.

Any minute now, a number of pundits and conservative activists will insist that these poll results are additional evidence of a center-right nation. I’m not sure how they’ll make this argument, but I’m confident they’ll think of something. They’re a clever bunch.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.