Friday, September 25, 2009

Bipartisan Consensus!

There's not much Democrats and Republicans agree on these days but in a time where politicians are pretty universally unpopular there's a consensus across party lines about one thing- they want to keep their elected leaders moving.

69% of Americans support term limits for members of Congress with only 16% opposed. That includes 81% of Republicans, 73% of independents, and 57% of Democrats. That doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon but it's interesting how strong the sentiment is.

There's an even stronger consensus that the President should continue to be limited to two terms. 78% of voters would oppose a Constitutional amendment letting them serve longer with only 16% in support. Most of the support for that change seems to be coming from Obama voters who would like him to have the opportunity to stay longer. Those in favor of going back to the old system with no limitation voted for him 67-23 over John McCain last fall.

88% of Republicans, 84% of independents, and 65% of Democrats oppose changing the Presidential term limit.

These numbers are very consistent with the current throw the bums out mentality of the American electorate. Of course if they get a new set of bums they probably won't like those ones either, but there's always the hope that new leaders will bring better days.

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Anonymous said...

Do you think Obama would win Colorado today? Tarrance backed up your numbers on Colorado, showing him at 48/47.

Those numbers are pretty much the same numbers as his numbers in Arizona and you found him at best tied with Palin with the undecideds primarily comprised of McCain voters by a healthy margin.

Nelson Lee Walker of said...

The only infallible, unstoppable, guaranteed way to get a truly new Congress is :

The American voter must IMPOSE term limits by NEVER REELECTING ANYONE IN CONGRESS, AND DO IT EVERY ELECTION! In other words, don't let anyone serve more than one term. That's the only way to teach them that the voter is boss! The “one term limit” can be eased AFTER citizens get control of Congress.

Congress will never allow us to constitutionally term limit them by an amendment. Our only choice is to NEVER REELECT them. All of them!

Some of the reasons in favor of this approach:

• It gives us a one-term, term limited Congress without using amendments
• It would be supported by 70% of the country who want term limits for Congress
• It is completely non-partisan
• If repeated, it ends career politicians dominating Congress
• It opens the way to a “citizen Congress”
• It ends the seniority system that keeps freshmen powerless
• It doesn’t cost you any money...but you MUST vote, just NOT for any incumbent
• It is the only guaranteed, infallible, unstoppable way to throw them ALL out”
• It takes effect immediately the day after Election Day
• If it doesn’t work, do it again and again! It will work eventually, I promise.


Nelson Lee Walker of

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