More Absentee Republicans
The poll finds that when asked which party has "stronger" leaders, 41% say Dems, while 36% say the GOP. That's a dramatic shift from the numbers in the Pew poll in the Fall of 2006 just before the elections: At that time, 30% said Dems, while 43% picked the GOP.Do you think 2008 might be a solid Democratic year?
Similarly, when asked which party has "better" leaders, voters gave Dems a wide advantage, picking it over the GOP by 44%-29% -- an even more dramatic shift from last fall's poll, which gave the advantage to the GOP, 38%-34%.
UPDATE (9:33am 3/30/07): Blue Oregon adds insight on Gordon Smith's absence (and even a comment from Smith seemingly in opposition) from the county timber payments effort so important to Oregon's economy.