Senate Democrats

New Polling Shows Republicans Don’t Share Priorities of the American People

Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Communications Center spokesman Jim Manley released the following statement today in response to new polling showing just how far out of the mainstream Republican objectives are:

“Social Security privatization and seven radical judges may be a priority for Washington Republicans, but these right-wing goals continue to be rejected by the American people.

“It’s time for President Bush and Congressional Republicans to stop listening to the far right and to start working for all Americans. The overwhelming majority of citizens don’t want to see their Social Security benefits cut, and they don’t want their leaders in Washington breaking the rules to get their way. What they do want is leadership committed to tackling the problems they face every day, like rising gas prices. Democrats are committed to providing this leadership and ask all responsible Republicans to join us.”

The Findings:
(Poll Conducted by WestHill/Hotline 4/28-5/1 by Ed Reilly (D) and Ed Rollins (R); surveyed 800 regis. voters; margin of error +/- 3.5%. Party ID: 40%R, 35%D, 16%I (release, 5/5). The full poll results are available at

The Nuclear Option:

  • 53% are opposed to Republicans’ use of the nuclear option to eliminate the Senate filibuster. This represents an increase of 5 percentage points since last month.
  • Americans Support the Democrats Response. 46% Approve of Democrats responding to the Nuclear option by slowing down or stopping all but the most essential legislation while only 35% disapprove. This includes 7 out of 10 Democrats.
  • Even 35% of Republicans disapprove of enacting the Nuclear Option while only 49% of members of their own party approve. 67% of Democrats and 55% of Independents also disapprove of the “Nuclear Option.”

Social Security:

  • 56% of Americans disapprove of how President Bush is handling Social Security following his prime time press conference.
  • George Bush is losing ground on the critical question of whether the Social Security program is in “crisis.” Only 29% of voters believe the program in in crisis compared to 37% last month to 29%. A 45% plurality of voters now believe that the Social Security system requires only minor changes, up from 41% in March.