A very interesting CBS/NYT poll: Just a few of the individual poll results: By a 50%-46% majority, Americans say we never should have gone to Iraq. Twenty percent cite the economy and jobs as the greatest problem facing us today, versus 19% for the Iraq war, and only 6% for terrorism and 5% for Social Security. By a 63%-31% majority, people feel Bush does not share their priorities on domestic issues. On foreign policy, the margin was 58%-37% against the administration. Bush's job approval rating on the economy is 38%, compared to 54% who disapprove. Fully 57% of people support either gay marriage or civil unions; 41% are against. Full poll Perhaps there's hope for us after all. It appears not nearly everyone believes in the goals of the GOP; they are merely tricked again and again into falling for the baloney being put out by the GOP propaganda machine. Theoretically, going by this information, we should be able to elect more Democrats and Independents to Congress than we actually are. I hope now that Howard Dean is on board, the Dems start actually doing something. The 2006 Congressional elections will be here before we know it. They need to (1) identify and run winnable candidates; (2) rapidly counter every bit of GOP baloney with the truth; and (3) turn out the vote. Right now I think (3) is the most important. In spite of all the Rove trickery in the last election, it really came down to the GOP getting more voters out than the Democrats did...in Ohio, if you want to put the blame squarely on someone. But (1) is also important. The poll suggests that taking a step to the left might be a smart thing for the Democrats to do. The people want the Dems to start looking out for the little guy, but they've got to get rid of their fascination with corporate interests and standing in the middle of the road.