"The Democrats are very busy turning 48 percent of the vote into a free fall, and that's not easy to do. They are not talking to their own base, let alone to the rest of middle America," he said.
Numerous polls over the years, and Mr. Zogby's latest national poll released last week, show that the core of the president's plan is popular among many traditionally Democratic voting blocs. Last week's poll by Zogby International found that 30 percent of all Democrats like the idea.
Support among minorities is even greater. An Annenberg poll in December showed that 54 percent of Hispanics supported the concept of "allowing workers to invest Social Security funds in the stock market."
More than 51 percent of black voters, the Democrats' most loyal constituency, say they would like to privately invest as much as half of the payroll tax in individual accounts, according to Mr. Zogby.
"The personal accounts have enormous appeal, whether Republicans or Democrats. That's going to create some challenges for the Democrats who are standing foursquare in opposition to the president's proposal," said Republican pollster Whit Ayres. "They stand to alienate a lot of younger people who would like more control over their retirement assets."
Monday, January 31, 2005
Even Zogby shows results that personal savings accounts are popular among Democratic voting groups. Of course, once the AARP, AFL CIO, and the Democratic Party get done demonizing any reform proposal, these numbers will go down. It will take a lot of counter advertising to take advantage of these results.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 6:49 AM