- The Democratic Party is viewed positively by 33% of respondents and negatively by 44%.
- The Republican Party is viewed positively by 24%, negatively by 46%. That's the lowest positive the GOP has ever scored in this poll.
- The "Tea Party" (whatever respondents think that amorphous blob of voter crankiness may be) is viewed positively by 30%, negatively by 34%. But it also gets much bigger "Don't Know/Not Sure" ratings than the main two actual parties.
- Those preferring a Democrat-controlled Congress slightly outnumber those preferring a GOP-controlled Congress 43%–42%. Right before the last election when control of Congress changed hands, from GOP to Dem in 2006, the Dem-control preference was 52%–37%. Come on, people: we're not letting the GOP win the House on a slim margin like this! Fire up and vote!
- Here's a fun split: Those who want a Dem-run Congress are split just about equally between either primarily supporting President Obama and other Dems or opposing those nasty Republicans, 48%–47%.
- Those who want a GOP-run Congress have a hard time reflect the Republican "Party of No" status: 59% of them want to take Congress primarily because they oppose President Obama and the Dems; 35% are more fired up about their own GOP candidates.
The GOP has a HUGE generic-ballot edge in the South (52%-31%), but it doesn’t lead anywhere else. In the Northeast, Dems have a 55%-30% edge; in the Midwest, they lead 49%-38%; and in the West, it’s 44%-43%. Yet do keep this caveat in mind: Many of the congressional districts Republicans are targeting outside of the South resemble some of those Southern districts they’re hoping to win back in November -- where you have whiter and older voters. Think Stephanie Herseth's seat in South Dakota; Tim Walz' seat in Minnesota; Leonard Boswell's seat in Iowa; and Ike Skelton's in Missouri [Chuck Todd et al., "Jet Blue Nation," NBC News: First Reads, 2010.08.12].
South Dakota: Just like Dixie!—I'm not sure I feel complimented.
Now the above numbers could be skewed by fortuitous sample: 20% of NBC/WSJ's respondents identified themselves as strong Dem, while only 13% identified as strong GOP. But conservatives outnumbered liberals 35% to 23%.