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« on: October 20, 2010, 09:25:03 AM »

New Poll: Illinois Senator by Rasmussen on 2010-10-19

Summary: D: 40%, R: 44%, I: 4%, U: 5%

Poll Source URL: Full Poll Details

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010, 09:38:39 AM »

Well, this is a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy week.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 09:49:32 AM »

I think this poll reflects more on the governor race than anything else. I think Giannoulias at thie end will pull it out. Quinn otherwise may not.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 11:15:01 AM »

That's unfortunate.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 11:15:51 AM »

It'll be quite the surprise if Kirk wins but Toomey and Paul lose.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 11:19:23 AM »

Why is Ras the only good pollster polling this race?
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 11:20:33 AM »

Why is Ras the only good pollster polling this race?

PPP will release an IL poll today or tomorrow (they polled the state this weekend).
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010, 01:05:48 PM »

A DSCC internal shows something different than this Rasmussen poll:

If the election for U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote -- Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat, Mark Kirk, a Republican, Michael Labno, a Libertarian, or LeAlan Jones, of the Green Party?

Alexi Giannoulias ............................................................... 41%

Mark Kirk............................................................................. 36%

Michael Labno ......................................................................... 3%

LeAlan Jones .......................................................................... 4%

Undecided ............................................................................ 15%

The poll was of 601 likely voters taken Oct. 13-17 by Anzalone Liszt Research, Inc. with a four percent margin of error. The DSCC did not show me the whole poll, and just passed along the information below.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/10/democratic_senatorial_campaign.html
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 11:33:55 PM »

Who cares about internal polls?  Those aren't objective. Tend to notice how those "internal" polls are always more favorable to that party/candidate?
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2010, 08:07:34 PM »

Who cares about internal polls?  Those aren't objective. Tend to notice how those "internal" polls are always more favorable to that party/candidate?

In the right context you can find out if a candidate has momentum or if a candidate is collapsing. Like if a GOP candidate shows a 12 point lead in a race and the dem puts out an internal that shows them down by four, you know they are likely screwed.
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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2010, 09:47:40 PM »

I think Kirk needs to rack up a major lead in the south in order to have any chance.  I'm not sure a 4 point is enough with Cook County looming.
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2010, 07:01:56 PM »

I think Kirk needs to rack up a major lead in the south in order to have any chance.  I'm not sure a 4 point is enough with Cook County looming.

I am sure there will be a fair and accurate count, for as long as required, in Cook County to ensure a fair and honest outcome.

Just like every other year.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2010, 10:22:09 PM »

Just do what we used to do back in the good old days when we used to crush the Democrats....win the burbs and win the race.
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2010, 11:04:49 PM »

Just do what we used to do back in the good old days when we used to crush the Democrats....win the burbs and win the race.

This isn't PA. Bush won all of the Cook collar counties in 2004 and still lost by 10. His father won the collar counties by 2-1 and did better in Cook itself and won very narrowly in 1988 and many normally Republican counties in the South of Illinois voted similarily to the counties in Northern Missouri some of which went to Dukakis. So you are right to an extent. Where you are wrong is assuming its impossible to win those burb without a rino, and second that just because you have a rino you will definately win them or win them by a large enough time in every election. If the burbs become GOP base seats then some GOP seats somewhere's else will become marginal or Democrat districts. Thats what you don't seem to grasp. There are a lot of Southern districts which can be lost as we see (Bobby Bright for example) especially if they aren't satisfied with the GOP. And it depends on the district boundaries as to whether its a one for one trade of seats. Also demographic changes, have change many areas that used to vote GOP to Dem long before the GOP moved to the right or that movement to the right became a problem for the party (1992 for instance). California is a prime example. The GOP problems really began in 1986 when many Los Angeles Republicans lost reelection. The trend away from the GOP is cleary evident when comparing CA 1976 to CA 1988. This "Moderate and OMG we'lll win all 50 states all the time" is truly nonsense.

Kirk comes from the right part of the state atleast for a Republican.
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2010, 11:08:27 PM »

That's because Bush Sr. won 40% plus in Cook in 88, when the surburban voters still favored republicans.  He also murdered Dukakis in the suburban collars like Lake County.

It's really not hard to see where the GOP has declined..the suburban, white vote.

The 1988 race is a perfect example.  Bush didn't do as well in rural America, which was unusual, but he made up for it in the burbs.  PA, IL, NJ, CT, MI, CA, MO, DE and even CO were won because of the suburban vote.  Hell, he even put up a good fight in NY (which wasn't unheard of then because of suburbanites like me) and in MA too.
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« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2010, 11:10:47 PM »

By the way, it is possible for a conservative to win in IL (i.e Fitzgerald in '98), but that's usually do to a very bad democratic year (this year maybe) or a corrupt incumbent (Moseley-Braun).

If you remember that '98 race, Fitzgerald was up 15 pts and almost blew it in the end.  There was no way he was going to get a 2nd term in 2004, even if Obama wasn't his opponent.
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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2010, 11:13:54 PM »

CA in 1976 was the last real horrah though for the "moderate" leading the ticket.  Although Bush 41 was somewhat moderate, he won CA because of Reagan.  Without Reagan, the pacific rim would have been solidly blue.  Ford also lost a ton of inner counties, but narrowed his losses in LA and killed Carter in Orange County and southern CA to carry the state.

The influx of illegals turned CA blue and (as I'm moving to LA within a year or two), that is a major political issue.  If the illegals get booted, the state would suddenly become very competitive again.
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« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2010, 11:25:13 PM »

CA in 1976 was the last real horrah though for the "moderate" leading the ticket.  Although Bush 41 was somewhat moderate, he won CA because of Reagan.  Without Reagan, the pacific rim would have been solidly blue.  Ford also lost a ton of inner counties, but narrowed his losses in LA and killed Carter in Orange County and southern CA to carry the state.

The influx of illegals turned CA blue and (as I'm moving to LA within a year or two), that is a major political issue.  If the illegals get booted, the state would suddenly become very competitive again.

wtf you think illegals vote? Why do Americans believe such ridiculously stupid things?
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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2010, 11:31:34 PM »

CA in 1976 was the last real horrah though for the "moderate" leading the ticket.  Although Bush 41 was somewhat moderate, he won CA because of Reagan.  Without Reagan, the pacific rim would have been solidly blue.  Ford also lost a ton of inner counties, but narrowed his losses in LA and killed Carter in Orange County and southern CA to carry the state.

The influx of illegals turned CA blue and (as I'm moving to LA within a year or two), that is a major political issue.  If the illegals get booted, the state would suddenly become very competitive again.

wtf you think illegals vote? Why do Americans believe such ridiculously stupid things?
You're a fool if you think they don't.  It's called fraud.
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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2010, 11:35:27 PM »

It's silly to assume that the Dem margins in California are due to voter fraud.

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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2010, 11:53:02 PM »

It's silly to assume that the Dem margins in California are due to voter fraud.


The illegal population there is a huge reason for the shift in CA over the past two decades, a huge reason.
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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2010, 12:08:19 AM »

CA in 1976 was the last real horrah though for the "moderate" leading the ticket.  Although Bush 41 was somewhat moderate, he won CA because of Reagan.  Without Reagan, the pacific rim would have been solidly blue.  Ford also lost a ton of inner counties, but narrowed his losses in LA and killed Carter in Orange County and southern CA to carry the state.

The influx of illegals turned CA blue and (as I'm moving to LA within a year or two), that is a major political issue.  If the illegals get booted, the state would suddenly become very competitive again.

There is so much wrong here.

1. There was no problem of "being too conservative" for the GOP in 1988. Bush's numbers in New York for instance and CT, NJ, and ILL should prove that. CA had become more and more Dem starting after 1976. Reagan probably slowed the decline down but in 1986 LA county went from have mostly Republican officials to Dems.

Now since the early 1990's there has been declines in the Bay area and LA suburbs that can be attibuterd to the prominence of Social conservatism.

In 1996, naturalization of new citizens did double then declie by 50% the next year. One could argue that the wave of new citizens in CA helped push it more Dem.

Illegal alien voting can explain a small loss in a marginal district. But widespread illegal alien voting doesn't not account for more then .002% of CA's 20% Dem advantage in 2008.
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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2010, 12:39:21 AM »

CA in 1976 was the last real horrah though for the "moderate" leading the ticket.  Although Bush 41 was somewhat moderate, he won CA because of Reagan.  Without Reagan, the pacific rim would have been solidly blue.  Ford also lost a ton of inner counties, but narrowed his losses in LA and killed Carter in Orange County and southern CA to carry the state.

The influx of illegals turned CA blue and (as I'm moving to LA within a year or two), that is a major political issue.  If the illegals get booted, the state would suddenly become very competitive again.

wtf you think illegals vote? Why do Americans believe such ridiculously stupid things?
You're a fool if you think they don't.  It's called fraud.

Which would explain the robust turnout in hispanic parts of LA....wait no, you just don't know what you are talking about.
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« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2010, 01:01:31 AM »

Just do what we used to do back in the good old days when we used to crush the Democrats....win the burbs and win the race.

The GOP problems really began in 1986 when many Los Angeles Republicans lost reelection. The trend away from the GOP is cleary evident when comparing CA 1976 to CA 1988.

One thing to keep in mind about LA is that it has been growing rapidly with the entire metro area being contained within the county at one point of time. By the 1960s the metro area had started spilling over into the neighboring counties but still most of the LA area suburbs were within the county. By the late 80's though, most of the high growth areas (usually corresponding to heavily GOP areas) were outside the county and even more and more of the county became inner city areas (which were former suburbs). The priorities of the residents changed (if the residents themselves didn't change) and they started voting Democratic. But was there much of a difference between how the LA metro voted between 1976 and 1988? Not really. Ford did "better" in LA county and Bush did "better" in OC and the IE. In reality most of the differences just had to do with where the affluent suburban areas were in 1976 vs 1988.

Now let's compare 1988 to 2000 or 2004. Bush won the LA metro in 1988, but did his son even get close? In 2004 I think the Republicans cut it down to a single digit margin for the Democrats out of the entire metro area, but 2004 represents a high water mark for Latino support for Republicans. And in 2008 Obama won the metro with an enormous margin. It is this trend of the entire metro that should worry Republicans, not the fact that they don't do so well in LA neighborhoods that have thoroughly changed since the 1970s.
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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2010, 02:11:29 PM »

Just do what we used to do back in the good old days when we used to crush the Democrats....win the burbs and win the race.

The GOP problems really began in 1986 when many Los Angeles Republicans lost reelection. The trend away from the GOP is cleary evident when comparing CA 1976 to CA 1988.

One thing to keep in mind about LA is that it has been growing rapidly with the entire metro area being contained within the county at one point of time. By the 1960s the metro area had started spilling over into the neighboring counties but still most of the LA area suburbs were within the county. By the late 80's though, most of the high growth areas (usually corresponding to heavily GOP areas) were outside the county and even more and more of the county became inner city areas (which were former suburbs). The priorities of the residents changed (if the residents themselves didn't change) and they started voting Democratic. But was there much of a difference between how the LA metro voted between 1976 and 1988? Not really. Ford did "better" in LA county and Bush did "better" in OC and the IE. In reality most of the differences just had to do with where the affluent suburban areas were in 1976 vs 1988.

Now let's compare 1988 to 2000 or 2004. Bush won the LA metro in 1988, but did his son even get close? In 2004 I think the Republicans cut it down to a single digit margin for the Democrats out of the entire metro area, but 2004 represents a high water mark for Latino support for Republicans. And in 2008 Obama won the metro with an enormous margin. It is this trend of the entire metro that should worry Republicans, not the fact that they don't do so well in LA neighborhoods that have thoroughly changed since the 1970s.

If were to get so detailed to discover the minute changes in each period then yes of course. But for my purpose it is far easy and still correct to label them demographic shifts, which would accoutn for the changes in size of LA metro, increased racial diversity, age of voters and etc.

Ford narrowly lost nationally 2 and won CA narrowly. Bush won nationally by 8 and only one CA by a point or two. That is a definite but small trend. Especialyl compared to the changes from 1988 to 2008 and the changes there which are much more considerable.
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