Pollster bolsters GOP

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. California’s a blue state because it always votes for Democrats. Right? Not so says Republican pollster Steve Kinney, a partner with Public Opinion Strategies. In a presentation Friday to the Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs, Kinney said that his polling shows that California voters’ opinions aren’t much different than the rest of the nation. “As a state, we’re not as left leaning as the media would like us to sound,” Kinney said. “Most of (the Republican Party) problems as to why it’s been so Democrat have more to do with campaigns and messages than where the population is in this state.” Kinney provides some polling data to back up his assertion. For example, the rest of the nation thinks the country is on the wrong track about as much as California voters do. Nationally, 60 percent of the voters believe the United States is going in the wrong direction. In California, it’s the same number. There also isn’t much difference on some key issues. Fifty-two percent of voters nationally are less confident about Iraq. In California, it’s 56 percent. In the nation, 52 percent want a smaller government, while 39 percent want bigger government. In California, 46 percent want a smaller government; 47 percent want a bigger government. On taxes, there’s also not much difference with 58 percent nationally wanting to keep the Bush tax cuts and 57 percent statewide thinking the same thing. MORE KINNEY: Look for a high turnout in the upcoming November election, Kinney said. In an October 2005 poll, 59 percent of voters said they were interested in the November 2006 election. “With all these congressional and Senate seats, there will be a enormously high turnout,” Kinney predicted. While that doesn’t necessarily help Democrats, candidates should plan on a high turnout, he said. A January poll also showed that the public favors a Democratic Congress to a Republican one, 46 percent to 40 percent. “That isn’t saying \ David Dreier or Jerry Lewis,” he said. “That’s saying just Republicans.” Still, Republicans can keep control of Congress, Kinney predicted. It doesn’t appear so far that the Democrats will be nominating enough strong candidates, he said. He cited a Roll Call magazine article that said when Democratic candidates don’t seem to have as much campaign money as Republican incumbents. STATE OF THE UNION: The Mark Twain Democratic Club will hold a viewing party to watch President George W. Bush speak at 6p.m. Jan. 31 at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://www.MarkTwainDemocrats.org. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more