Maybe We're Just Light Blue
There's all kinds of talk about the just-released SurveyUSA poll on the Governor's job performance. And while nobody can really be happy about 36% approval/56% disapproval numbers, the breakouts actually look even worse. The only positive-breaking demographics for the Governor are among blacks (46%-43%), self-identified Democrats (48%-44%), self-identified liberals (53%-38%) and Cook County residents (49-46%).
Without passing any judgment, I think it's troubling that, given the relevant margin of error of 4.1%, there may not even be support for the top of the ticket by self-identified Dems. There is a lot of messaging to be done over the next several months and I hope that an offshoot of that will be a better definition of a Democratic agenda that can connect with and inspire the voters. Our party has too often been about candidates rather than ideas. If we don't act like we live in a blue state, pretty soon we might not.