Priorities: Republican and Democratic

I know it’s just one poll, but I found this result revealing:

Now, thinking some more about you preference for who controls Congress…
(ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO PREFER REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF CONGRESS (Q11:1))
Q15a Which one or two of the following reasons best explains why you would prefer the Republicans to be in
control of Congress? (RANDOMIZE LIST. ACCEPT UP TO TWO RESPONSES.)
TABLE RANKED BY HIGHEST PERCENTAGE
6/10  3/10+
To reduce government spending ……………………………….. 39 42
To repeal the new health care legislation^ …………………. 28 29
To keep taxes down …………………………………………………… 17 24
To protest the policies of Barack Obama ……………………. 15 11
To stop Democrats from controlling Congress ……………. 12 10
To promote moral values …………………………………………… 10 16
To strengthen national defense …………………………………… 9 10
To protest against special interests …………………………….. 4 4
Other (VOL) ……………………………………………………………….. 1 2
All of these (VOL) ……………………………………………………….. 9 6
None of these (VOL) …………………………………………………… 1 1

The Republican voters top priorities?  Money, Money, stick it to Dems, stick it to Obama with a dash of god-bothering “moral values”.

Notice the difference:

(ASK ONLY OF RESPONDENTS WHO PREFER DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF CONGRESS (Q11:2))
Q15b Which one or two of the following reasons best explains why you would prefer the Democrats to be in control
of Congress? (RANDOMIZE LIST. ACCEPT UP TO TWO RESPONSES.)
TABLE RANKED BY HIGHEST PERCENTAGE
6/10+  3/10+
To look out for working people ……………………………………………… 45 39
To support the policies of Barack Obama ……………………………… 29 28
To support the new health care legislation^ …………………………. 19 31
To prevent Republicans from controlling Congress ………………. 17 10
To continue current economic policies ……………………………………. 8 7
To protest against special interests ……………………………………….. 7 10
To support policy in Iraq and Afghanistan ……………………………… 6 6
To continue in the same direction in Washington ……………………. 5 6
Other (VOL) …………………………………………………………………………… 1 2
All of these (VOL) …………………………………………………………………… 1 1
None of these (VOL) ………………………………………………………………. 1 2

What’s that?  We still have troops in two countries?  While that at least registered with the Dem voters, it seems that the Republicans have shifted their priorities so that the wars don’t even show up on their radar anymore.  I’m even more surprised by this given what a bloody month it has been in Afghanistan.  But hey, it’s all about the money — their money.  It’s not about helping out working people or the wars.  And just to note, the pollsters read the respondents a list of issues to pick from, so the Republican respondents consciously didn’t choose the wars or supporting working people as priorities.

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