Voters Tend To Think Democrats Lost More Than GOP Won

November 8, 2010

Rasmussen Reports

Most voters said going into Election Day that it was all about President Obama’s agenda, and coming out on the other side, they’re reinforcing that message.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters say Tuesday’s election results were more a vote against the Democrats than a vote for the Republicans.

Just 26% say the results were more a vote for the GOP. Nearly as many (24%), however, are not sure.

Interestingly, 54% of Republican voters agree that the election results were more a vote against the Democrats than a vote for their own party. Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties share that assessment.

Even a plurality (42%) of Democrats recognizes the election results as a repudiation of their party, but another 40% are not sure.

This echoes what Scott Rasmussen said in a Wall Street Journal column this past Monday.  “The reality is that voters in 2010 are doing the same thing they did in 2006 and 2008: They are voting against the party in power,” Scott noted. “In this environment, it would be wise for all Republicans to remember that their team didn’t win, the other team lost. Heading into 2012, voters will remain ready to vote against the party in power unless they are given a reason not to do so.”

The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on November 3-4, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Just before Election Day, 52% of voters said the election was more a referendum on the president’s agenda than about individual candidates and issues.  But 59% think it is at least somewhat likely that most voters will be disappointed with Republicans in Congress before the next national elections in 2012.

The Political Class is more confused about Tuesday’s election results than Mainstream voters are. While most (54%) of those in the Mainstream see Tuesday’s election results more as a vote against the Democrats, 61% of Political Class voters aren’t sure how to explain it.

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