November 27, 2006

Success of Democrats’ Agenda

59%

That’s the number of Americans who say they think Democratic leaders will be successful in getting their programs passed into law — about the same level of confidence that Americans voiced about GOP legislative prospects in December 1994.

A post-election survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press — conducted November 9-12 among 1,479 Americans — found that Americans are optimistic that Democrats will actually get their proposals enacted. Roughly six-in-ten (59%) say Democratic leaders will be successful in getting their programs passed into law, on par with the confidence that Americans voiced about GOP legislative prospects in December 1994. Half of Americans approve of the Democrats’ plans and policies for the future, which also is comparable to approval of the GOP’s proposed agenda in 1994. However, in the wake of a bitter midterm campaign, the public is dubious that the election will lead to increased bipartisanship on Capitol Hill. Just 29% think that relations between Republicans and Democrats will get better in the year ahead; 46% expect relations to remain the same; and 20% predict relations will get worse. Read More