RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, there’s an AP poll out today, and this is the most amazing poll. It is an AP-GfK poll. And the headline is this: “Most Expect GOP Victory in November,” but they will cringe voting for it, meaning the Republican Party.
“Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation’s likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the US Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that’s the outcome they’d like to see. But the survey suggests many will cringe when they cast those ballots. Most likely voters have a negative impression of the Republican Party, and 7 in 10 are dissatisfied by its leaders in Congress.” Well, thank God the AP managed to work that in! Of course, 60 years of vilification by the news media wouldn’t have anything to do with what people think of the Republican Party now, would it?
Sixty years of smears, 60 years of vile lies, distortions, and smears, wouldn’t have anything to do with what people think? But let me ask a question. Most expect the GOP to — by the way, let me tell you something else. The New York Times has a story today about the Democrat Party and panic, and I think that that is because it’s looking even worse than anybody publicly is willing to state. This AP poll today, there was one back in September, very same poll. And it said back in September — this is only October, folks. This has been four or five weeks since the last poll. The AP poll in September said that both parties were neck and neck. Now it says the Republicans are up by 8%.
Back in September, the AP claimed that women favored Democrats over recommends by 7%. Now the Republicans are up by 2%. That’s a shift of 9%, in less than a month. So we’re supposed to believe that there has been a gigantic shift toward the Republican Party just since September, but, while this shift has happened, the people who made it possible resent it. They resent themselves. They’re gonna vote Republican, but they don’t want to. They’re gonna vote Republican, but they’re gonna cringe when they pull the lever. They’re gonna vote Republican, but they hate the Republicans. They’re gonna vote Republican, are gonna vote against the Democrats, but, oh, man, they’re not gonna like what they do at all. And just a month ago, this wasn’t even gonna happen.
A month ago, the Democrats were gonna win, were gonna hold even, might hold the Senate, might even pick up some seats here and there, and they certainly still had the edge in women. Now four weeks later and a total reversal. And the people responsible for the total reversal, the voters, are mad that they have reversed. A month ago they were happy. They loved the Democrats. They thought the Democrats were much better for women than the Republicans. And now in four weeks something’s happened, and they’ve totally changed their minds and they’ve changed their preferences, but, boy, are they mad at themselves. I mean, there’s some self-loathing going out there. They must really hate themselves. These people are going to cringe as they vote for Republicans. It must mean they really hate the Democrats.
What has happened in these past four weeks to cause this? You know what I think is more likely? I think it’s more likely we’re just seeing what we see almost every election year. As we get closer to actual Election Day, the polls get a little more realistic because the pollsters start thinking about their credibility. So a poll a month ago, a poll in August, a poll three months ago could be used entirely to shape public opinion and advance, say, the Democrat Party agenda rather than reflect public opinion. And I have no doubt this happens. None. Zip, zero, nada. Shifts in public opinion don’t happen this way.
So what’s obviously happening here as we’re getting closer to the actual of the election, the polls are starting to reflect more and more the reality of the situation. By this time the pollsters have done as much as they can to boost Democrat donations. They’ve done as much as they can to boost Democrat turnout. Now they have to try to salvage some credibility by showing that their polls were accurate after the election. But I’m still struck by this whole premise. “Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation’s likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the US Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that’s the outcome they’d like to see.”
Okay, that denotes happy people, to a certain extent. Most of the nation’s likely voters expect the Republican Party to win the Senate, and most say that’s what they want to see. But the next sentence: “But the survey suggests many will cringe when they cast those ballots.” They want the Republicans to win, they’re gonna vote for the Republicans, and they’re gonna hate themselves in the morning. It’s just amazing the way people who vote Republican are characterized, is it not? Self-loathing, confused, snarky, mean-spirited extremists.
And then if you read a little further in this excuse for a story, you find this. “The Democrats win few accolades themselves.” Oh. You mean voters cringe when they vote Democrat, too? You mean there might be some unhappiness with the Democrats? You mean that’s why a majority of the people want the Republicans to control the Senate and are going to vote that way because Democrats win few accolades themselves? Apparently so. “Impressions of the party among likely voters have grown more negative in the past month.” Why? What’s happened in the past month? What’s so much different in the past month than the past six years?
Well, some things maybe. Obamacare. Maybe ISIS. Maybe Ebola. Maybe jobs. But all of this has been happening to one degree or another. I mean, we weren’t in utopia four weeks ago and all of a sudden have somehow ended up in hell. Nothing really starkly bad has gone on. It’s just continued to get worse day in and day out. In fact, do you know what the AP loves to report here? In this very poll, remember, now, most likely voters are gonna vote Republican because they want the Republicans to control the Senate, and then this. “In fact, Democrats are more trusted than the GOP on just two of nine top issues, the poll showed.”
I wonder what those issues are. Gay rights, climate change, income inequality, really important stuff? I mean, what is it? “The economy remains the top issue for likely voters — 91 percent call it ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important. And the GOP has increased its advantage as the party more trusted to handle the issue to a margin of 39 percent to 31 percent.” So the economy’s big. Women have moved in the Republicans’ direction since September, the last AP poll.
I’m telling you, folks, nothing’s happened other than the pollster is changing his objective. A month ago, two months ago, three months ago, the objective was to shape public opinion, to try to engender donations to the Democrats, voter registration for the Democrats. They’ve done all that they can. Now we’re getting close. Now they’ve gotta start getting real so that they have credibility when their poll is looked at after the election.
RUSH: One more little tidbit from this poll. The Democrats are actually cringing more than the Republicans are. Forty percent of Republicans in this silly poll, 40% say that they’re excited to vote for their guy. Thirty-two percent of Democrat voters say they’re excited to vote for their guy. So we are looking at Democrats cringing even more than people voting for Republicans. Have you ever heard of anything like this? Have you ever heard anything reported like this? People, likely voters, want the Republicans to win the Senate. They expect it to happen, and they’re going to vote for it, and they’re gonna cringe when they do it, even though they’re doing what they want to do.
And the impression clearly left, that for some reason people would really like to vote Democrat, but they just can’t. It’s mind-boggling.