Summary of Findings: Public Cheers Democratic Victory
By 51%-29%, more Americans want Democratic leaders rather than President Bush to take the lead in solving the nation's problems. Twelve years ago, the public was divided over whether GOP congressional leaders (43%), or President Clinton (39%), should take the lead in addressing national problems.
Bush's job rating stands at just 24% among political independents, who proved crucial to the Democrats' victory on Nov. 7. By 57%-39%, independent voters cast ballots for Democratic candidates, according to national exit polls.
The broad opposition to President Bush among independents is reflected in their strong preference that Democratic leaders, rather than the president, take the lead in solving the nation's problems. By more that two-to-one (53%-25%), independents believe that Democratic leaders should take the lead on issues.
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