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2014 Midterms: What are The Democrats Doing Wrong? | 9 PM EST, 6 PM PST

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Press [1] for Democracy (P1FD) is a Coffee Party Radio show that discusses the political issues of the day in a civil, fact-based, and transpartisan manner.  Transpartisan is quite different from bi- or non-partisan in the we encourage callers to be passionate about their positions, but also that they listen and respond to those with differing points of view repsectfully and with a true desire to find common ground on which solutions can be built.  

Tonight on P1FD . . . In six months, Americans will have a chance to exercise their most precious right – the right to participate in the democratic process.  But what are prognosticators and pollsters saying about the likely outcomes of the 2014 Midterm Elections?  Here are my three biggest take-a-ways based on today’s data.

  1. Despite a single-digit approval rating, very few seats are considered “up for grabs”.  
  2. Virtually every major news source is saying that Republicans will pick up seats in both houses, including enough to [possibly] take over the Senate
  3. Just 23 percent of younger voters (18-29) said they would “definitely be voting” in the midterm elections, with a 10 point edge going to self-identified conservatives.  http://www.iop.harvard.edu/Spring-2014-HarvardIOP-Survey

Huff Pollster is tracking 30 different approval rating polls on Republicans and Democrats.  Today, Republicans are tracking at an unfavorable rating of over 30%.  Meanwhile, the same polling services show Democrats with only an 11% unfavorable rating.  Tonight, on Press [1] for Democracy, we’ll be discussing the midterm polling data and what strategies each party might employ to bolster their chances.  So what are the Republicans doing right  And what are the Democrats doing wrong?