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Majority of Voters: Democratic Party Stands for Nothing

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll is ringing the alarm for the Democratic Party…

Pelosi and Schumer

After a bruising 2016 primary and bitterly disappointing defeats in the general election, the Democratic Party is in search of a new message and messengers.

But while the party’s elderly leaders sort that out, they have a more pressing issue at hand: the majority of voters in America believe Democrats don’t stand for anything:

Whatever Trump’s struggles, the poll shows clear risks of Democrats’ opposition to Trump. Some 37 percent say the party currently stands for something, while 52 percent say it mainly stands against Trump. Even among Democrats, over one-quarter say their party primarily stands in opposition to Trump rather than for their own agenda.

And that could spell trouble for Democrats. With no clear message and no one to deliver it, the chances Democrats dig out of the hole they’re in grow dimmer by the day. Even a member of House Democratic leadership seemed to agree with voters’ assessments:

Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, seemed to confirm the majority’s belief in an Associated Press story that just happened to pop the same morning the Post-ABC poll did. “That message is being worked on,” the congressman said. “We’re doing everything we can to simplify it, but at the same time provide the meat behind it as well. So that’s coming together now.”

With only about 15 months until the midterm elections, and a string of special election losses already behind them, Democrats will need to win over hearts and minds at break-neck speed to turn things around in 2018.