New poll -- People are ticked
Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters nationwide say they’re at least somewhat angry about the current policies of the federal government. That figure includes 46% who are Very Angry.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 27% are not angry about the government’s policies, including 10% who are Not at All Angry.
Men are angrier than women, and voters over 40 are more angry than those who are younger. A majority of those over 40 are Very Angry. Only 25% of under-30 voters share that view.
The data suggests that the level of anger is growing. The 71% who are angry at federal government policies today is up five percentage points since September.
Even more stunning, the 46% who are Very Angry is up 10 percentage points from September.
HT to Captain Ed Morrissey for this timely piece of information, and he adds the crosstabs info for good measure:
But who’s the most angry? In reviewing the crosstabs, there are some surprising results. The angriest ethnic demographic is actually Other, with 87% either somewhat or very angry. That’s in comparison to black voters, of which only 37% are angry and 57% are not, and white voters at 74/25. Two-thirds of women are angry, and three-quarters of men. The angriest age demographic is 40-49, but the 18-29 year olds are also pretty steamed, 69/31. Independents are almost as angry as Republicans, 84/14 and 89/10 respectively, but Democrats aren’t exactly cheery at 46/49. The only income demographic with less than 63% angry is the $100K+ sector. The angriest income demos are the solidly middle class $40K-$60K (79/21) and $60k-$75K (76/15).
This gives us a better view of who's really pi$$ed at the federal government right now. It appears to be the middle class. those would be the people that Barry promised not to be too hard on, and wooed them to his camp in the election. What they've apparently realized (FINALLY) is that with every promise Barry made there's a built-in expiration date for said promise.
He promised not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 a year, which went right out the window the moment he signed S-CHIP into law. It raised tobacco taxes, regardless of one's income. Add to the mix the $787 billion stimulus, which hasn't stimulated anything except his cronies' wallets. Throw in the $400 billion omnibus bill passed in March, laden with pork and earmarks, and we see why the middle class is so upset with him. He's spending money the nation doesn't have, and in the middle of the worst economic downturn since Reagan took office. In short, these voters are seeing that Barry is just like any other politician going to DC: Not only does he not abide by his word but all too often he is demonizing his critics.
We can see why the people are going to turn out in November of 2010. They're fed up with Congress, and their wild spending ways. They're also sick of the constant criticism from those in congress being called on the carpet by the people who put them in office. The public wasn't pleased by Democrat reaction to the town halls they held during the August recess. (Remember that not only did Democrats not appreciate the outrage of the people in those town halls, they resorted to busing in union thugs to keep the crowd in check, and give themselves a more welcoming audience. And the media went along like willing lapdogs to the kabuki theater.)
We've predicted this since the Democrats took over in 2006, and we reiterated it again in January of this year: The people aren't happy with this overreach of the government; they're not happy that the federal government hasn't accomplished what they set out to do to end this recession; they're anything but pleased with the over-spending.
When frustration like this mounts, the outcome is practically pre-ordained. November 2010 is shaping up to be a political bloodbath in Congress. On 14 November 1994 Peter Jennings infamously quipped that America had a temper-tantrum in the midterm elections. All I have to say is good ol' Pete ain't seen a real tantrum yet.
It'll be fun to watch the media spin the midterms next year. It won't be a tantrum this nation throws then. It'll be out and out rage, and with any luck the politicos in DC will wake up and get the hint that this isn't the way to run the nation.