Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rasmussen Explains My Optimism

There are three items released by Rasmussen Reports that explain my current level of optimism as we head in to this election cycle...

44% Believe Constitution Doesn’t Restrict Government Enough -- With 83% of the American people standing behind the Constitution of the United States and very little support for changing that document, I think it is safe to say that what President Obama, Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi have been doing to this country is likely to bite them back. HARD.

Here is the really intersting part: 44% of the American people think that the Constitution doesn't go far enough in restricting the government. Only 10%, we'll call them progressives, think we need more government intervention in our lives. Nearly 60% of the American people believe we are in danger from a government that is too powerful. This is an issue that Republicans can win on if they aren't too stupid and blow it.

Generic Congressional Ballot -- While these numbers tend to fluctuate somewhat each time the numbers come out, it is significant that we are seeing the generic ballot shift in the favor of the GOP while the confidence numbers on issues also head in the direction of the Republicans. It is no surprise at all to find out that the American people now trust Republicans with their number one issue: the economy. In fact, Republicans now hold the American people's trust on 6 of the 10 issues tracked by Rasmussen.

45% Say Cancel Rest of Stimulus Spending -- Americans are starting to get a clearer picture of what president Obama's brand of socialism is doing to the economy of this country and they aren't liking it one bit.

Here are the key numbers to look at in this one:
only 31% of Americans believe the new government spending in the stimulus package creates new jobs. Forty-eight percent (48%) say the stimulus spending does not create jobs, and 21% are not sure.

Americans have mixed feelings about whether speeding up the new government spending in the stimulus package will help the economy. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the increased spending will be good for the economy, but 44% say it will be bad. Eight percent (8%) think it will have no impact.
Republicans need to start talking about how we can support small businesses and the middle class. We should do so without pandering to anybody. We need to get real about how this adminstration and this Congress is putting the next two generations in to an unsustainable level of debt.

We need to be talking about eliminating wasteful prgrams that have failed the American people time and again. We need to be focused on trimming the budget and spending significantly less so taxpayers can keep more of their money. The people will ALWAYS spend their money in ways that are better for our economy than government would. The free market must be allowed to thrive and grow with minimal restrictions of government.

I'm feeling better about our chances... We can still save our nation from becoming a third-world country.