Missouri Voters Could Play Key Role in Senate Elections
Opinions on troop withdrawal from Iraq and disapproval of the Bush administration's policies in Iraq also help the Democrats as a majority of voters in each state disapprove of how the war has been handled.
Also, in each of these states, more respondents want to see a partial or total withdrawal of troops from Iraq than want to keep the same number of troops or send more troops.
A majority of voters in all eight states polled believe that "things in the country" are "off on the wrong track". Most of the likely voters in all these states are either "very" or "somewhat" worried about the direction of the nation's economy in the next few years and worried about another terrorist attack.
Although recent polling shows Bush's presidential approval rating improving slightly, public opinion of the President remains somewhat weak with approval ratings below 50% in each state poll. Congress fares much worse with approval ratings below 30% in each state.
The political environment in these eight states seems to favor the Democrats. These polls show that Republicans need to move the agenda away from Iraq to issues where the party demonstrates more strength.
Here are the results from the Missouri poll:
Will your vote for Senate mainly be for your candidate or against his opponent?
For your candidate 70%
Against his opponent 18%
Not sure 12%
Do you approve or disapprove of George W. Bush’s overall job performance as President? Is that, strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove?
Strongly approve 24%
Somewhat approve 22%
Somewhat disapprove 11%
Strongly disapprove 41%
Not sure 2%
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job? Is that, strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove?
Strongly approve 1%
Somewhat approve 27%
Somewhat disapprove 28%
Strongly disapprove 34%
Not sure 10%
Which one of the following issues will be most important in determining your vote for Senate this year?
The economy and jobs 14%
Terrorism and homeland security 11%
Health care, including Medicare 21%
Moral issues and family values 13%
Taxes and government spending 9%
Gas prices and energy policy 2%
Other/Not sure 6%
Generally speaking, would you say things in the country are heading the right direction, or are they off on the wrong track?
Right direction 31%
Wrong track 57%
Not sure 12%
In general, do you approve or disapprove of the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq? Is that strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove?
Strongly approve 22%
Somewhat approve 23%
Somewhat disapprove 12%
Strongly disapprove 42%
Not sure 1%
What should the U.S. do in Iraq: send more troops, keep the same number of troops, withdraw some troops, or withdraw all troops?
Send more troops 27%
Keep the same number of troops 18%
Withdraw some troops 19%
Withdraw all troops 22%
Not sure 15%
How worried are you about the direction of the nation’s economy in the next few years? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Very worried 35%
Somewhat worried 35%
Not too worried 18%
Not at all worried 12%
Not worried 30%
Not sure 0%
How worried are you that there will be another major terrorist attack in the U.S.? Are you very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?
Very worried 29%
Somewhat worried 47%
Not too worried 14%
Not at all worried 9%
Not worried 24%
Not sure 1%
Should illegal immigrants working in the United States be offered a chance to apply for legal status or deported back to their native country?
Offered a chance to apply for legal status 47%
Deported back to their native country 44%
Not sure 9%
In general, which is better for the country?
President and Congress of the same party 44%
The President of one party; Congress of the other 40%
Not sure 16%