New Poll Proves Election Was NOT A Republican Mandate

November 16, 2010

(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Republican Mandate?  What Republican mandate?  A poll released yesterday by CNN/Opinion Research (poll results click here) clearly shows dissatisfaction with the way Democrats are perceived as running things, but it also proves two dramatic results that confirm what I have been writing about all along: the election was NOT a Republican mandate and the Tea Party is NOT loved by the country, as they both would have us believe.  Read the poll results for yourself and you’ll see how correct I have been all along.

I’m not one of those writers who likes to throw out numbers and percentages, but if you’ll just be kind enough to click in the link I provided you will see what I see.  America doesn’t like Democrats or Republicans and as the electorate has always done, they vote for the opposing Party as a way to affect change even though they don’t trust change will happen anyway.  Welcome to the more things change the more they stay the same.

It doesn’t take a highly skilled political operative, if there really is such a thing, to break down the numbers presented.  As of right now what these poll does prove is that the Republican leadership have been masterful in stealing the message calendar from the Democrats and in their savvy way of manipulating what progress there has been over the past two years, they won by playing the same game they have always played.

That is actually great news for Democrats as long as they start playing by the same rules of engagement, and they better if they want to survive 2012.

These poll numbers show nothing remarkable at all and in fact what they do show us provides me with comfort.  American voters don’t like Democrats and Republicans and they don’t trust Democrats or Republicans.  Voters are unhappy with the economy, but are generally satisfied with foreign policy decisions.  Voters think they are paying too much in taxes, but they always think they are paying too much in taxes.  Voters believe that Congress is corrupt, but no more corrupt than any other Congress.

I honestly did expect the post election polls to show a very different picture than these numbers do, but they don’t lie.  It’s there for all of us in black and white and for those of you who felt that Republicans and Tea Party activists had made real and substantial political inroads; well you are worrying about nothing.

Now, and let’s be clear on this, that although the numbers present nothing to alarm us as Democrats, we cannot just sit back and rest on this information.  There must be an active and progressive campaign to take back the message and an honest attempt at leading.  Keep in mind that Democrats control the White House and the Senate and that is great power, if properly used.

As I wrote in yesterday’s column, this is not the time to sit back and wait for the voters to find you; an aggressive and focused messaging campaign must be defined and carried out.  As Democrats are wasting valuable time even as I write this by not holding their leadership elections and moving on with their business, it is costing them every single day.

These poll numbers are welcome news.  The future is to be won by the Party that realizes that progress, reality and message must coexist, but it must be done in a way that has real and lasting impact.  To show up is not enough; we must stand up and refuse to sit down until we know we are having an impact and moving numbers in the direction that show progress and the only way that happens is to start taking the country back today.

There is no Republican mandate.  There is no Tea Party mandate.  There is no conservative mandate.  There is no reason for Democrats to lower their heads in shame.  The numbers don’t lie, now let’s get off our asses and do something about getting our country back before the numbers move in a direction we can’t live with while there is still time, and that time is now.

Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer.  He can be reached at and can read his Blog at


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