November 17, 2004


Post-vote poll finds strong feelings (Jennifer Harper, 11/17/04, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

They were giddy, they were melancholy. They laughed, they cried. Voters on both sides took the presidential election personally, according to the first major polls of a post-election United States.

Though the Pew Research Center and Harvard University can't determine if Democrats are poised to leave the country, secede from the union or be treated for an attack of vapors, the pollsters reveal an emotional electorate with limited tolerance for celebrities bent on swaying politics.

But optimism over President Bush's election already is afoot.

The Pew Center poll finds that while emotions between the parties are polarized, many are looking to the future. Among all voters -- Republicans and Democrats alike --, 61 percent say they expect Mr. Bush to have a "successful second term as president."

Liberal Democrats still are ready for a fight, though. Sixty percent want their party leaders "to stand up to the GOP." And those liberals who voted for Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry seem ready for a therapy session: 96 percent say they are disappointed, 86 percent are worried, 53 percent are angry and 47 percent are depressed.

Did 40% really say they don't want the Democrats in Congress to stand up to the GOP?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2004 2:15 PM

No, they said, "It doesn't matter to us, we're moving to _____________." At least in my dreams.

Posted by: Jeff at November 17, 2004 3:40 PM

That must be the surrender wing of the Democratic party, aka the delegation from France.

Posted by: Peter at November 17, 2004 3:43 PM

The 40% probably said "Don't be obstructionists".

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 17, 2004 5:46 PM

No, they said "we're too depressed to answer the question."

Posted by: Bret at November 17, 2004 6:50 PM