A new poll, conducted by Suffolk University, shows the quandary that the Democratic Party, which gave the country FDR, JFK, and LBJ, is currently in. The new data shows that the Democratic Party is now less popular than Donald Trump and Mike Pence. It is even slightly less popular than the media.
 
Here following the basic results of the poll as to favorable/unfavorable ratings.
 
Pence: 47%/35%
Trump: 45%/47%
GOP Party: 37%/48%
Media: 37%/50%
Dem Party: 36%/52%
Hillary: 35%/55%
Congress: 26%/52%
 
The Democratic Party has a favorability rating 11 points lower than Vice President Pence, and nine points lower than President Trump. In addition, it is one point lower than the Republican Party. Moreover, the Dems unfavorable rating is 17 points worse than Pence, five points worse than Trump, and four points worse than the Republicans.
 
The reason for the party’s unpopularity can be traced to leaked emails that show collusion between Democratic Party activists and the media, as well as the favoritism shone by the former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to Hillary Clinton during the latter’s primary race against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
 
In other words, even though Trump is the least liked president at this point in his first term, the Democratic Party has managed to become less liked. 
 
In an essay at New York Daily News, activist Shaun King acknowledged that the Democratic Party is “deeply unpopular – period. It’s a fact. Don’t look away. Don’t call me a Bernie Bro. It’s a problem that must be seriously addressed.” Confronted by the fact, King wrote that “core leaders” in the party are “bent on doing the same old crap.”
 
King wrote that a huge reason that the Democratic Party is unpopular is that virtually “progressive grassroots movement in America right now is fueled by people outside of the Democratic Party…” He cited grassroots movements that favor a $15 minimum wage, universal healthcare, and the legalization of marijuana, in addition to pacifist and environmentalist causes, as having deep networks, energized volunteers, and serious donors, but are ignored by the “corporate Democrats.”
 
Recounting the many rallies where he speaks, King noted how large crowds turn out to see him or Sen. Bernie Sanders. When he asks those attending 1) “what specific policies the Democratic Party stands for”, 2) “What exactly is the strategy of the Democratic Party to take back the government from conservatives across the country?” King said that he only elicits laughter.
 
It is the second question that elicits the most laughter, King said. “Nobody,” he said knows what strategy the Democrats should use. “Hell, I don’t know it. I don’t think one exists,” wrote King. “Whatever the strategy was this past election, it didn’t work either. And again, I don’t just mean in the presidential election. Democrats lost all over the place in national, state, and local elections.”
 
Finally, King admits that the strategy the Democrats have used for several decades, which is essentially its identification with a number of otherwise unrelated groups and their grievances, has not worked. “I hate losing,” he wrote, “But this much I know – if the Democratic Party does not come to grips with why it is so wildly unpopular, many more losses will be on the horizon.”


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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