Following up on my post from Saturday, we now have (courtesy of Mr. Paul Brewer) the toplines of The University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication National Agenda Poll from September 2013. (pdf) I’ve asked Mr. Brewer about their long term plans for this poll and it looks like this might be a once a year event — dependent upon available resources. But Fresh Delaware polling! Yay!
Obama, Biden and Hillary are pretty much around the same levels of approval and disapproval here. Chris Christie does pretty well here, too, although he isn’t knocking it out of the park. Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio perform worse on this scale, although they both have pretty high unknown numbers vs the others.
We’ve already talked about how eccentric this list looks.
There’s lots more at the pdf link above, but if you go by this poll, the two largest parties in the State of Delaware are the Democrats (40%) and Independents (34%), with the GOP bringing up the rear at 22%. Independents, Other Party, Don’t Know Party lean Democratic 33%, Republican 30% and other (or don’t know) 37%. Which looks like if the Democrats can keep their members and keep their part of the Independents, Delaware will be pretty Blue for awhile. Not that this is something to get complacent about.
I was VERY interested in the questions asking how closely respondents followed news about political figures and events in Washington and Delaware. 33% (Washington) and 41% (Delaware) don’t follow this news all that closely, which points to a reason why the unknown or can’t rate numbers are so high for some items here. I wonder if this isn’t a reflection on the hollowing out of local news here too.
Tea Party unfavorables are at 42%. Tee Hee.
Delawareans’ priorities for problems to be fixed? The highest priority at 29% was Jobs/Employment/Wages, with 11% for Education/School Funding coming in second. Taxes came in last at 1%. 1%, people.
There’s other questions re: Gay Marriage, Restoring Felon’s right to vote, ID for voting, absentee voting.
So take a look at those complete toplines and tell us what you think.