New poll shows troubling signs for Democrats in midterm election

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 28, 2014

JERSEY CITY, NJ – With only a week before the US midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC international poll shows 70 percent of Americans are angry with the country’s direction and 53 percent disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance.

Political analysts say, the Democratic Senate majority is in danger and the House is also in danger of losing more Democratic seats.

Currently, Democrats control the Senate by a 55-45 margin – two of those seats are held by independents who are Democratic allies.

Republicans controls the house by a 234 to 201 margin.

Filipino Americans who are registered voters in Jersey City, N.J. say they are angry too.

“Dapat manalo Republicans,” registered Republican Becky Payumo said. “We need a change, this time we need a change. We cannot have a president that doesn’t know how to protect America. I think he is an inexperienced president.”

Some Filipino American registered voters say they are skipping the polls on election day.

“I don’t participate in voting,” Jersey City resident Jason Paguiligan said. “It’s not going to change anything.”

A US citizen for 25 years now, Marisse Panlilio said, “I’d rather not (vote) and not feel bad na binoto ko to, eh tapos hindi pala. I’d rather keep quiet and not put a check mark (on the ballot).”

Jersey City Democratic Council President Rolando Lavarro says a shift in the balance of power in Congress could potentially roll back the Obama administration’s achievements such as healthcare reform and worker’s equal pay.

Lavarro said, “The balance or power in Congress is at stake, and if we think things have been difficult until now to get things done, imagine a Senate that’s entirely Republican controlled and right-wing dominated. That makes me afraid personally.”

Lavarro says the outcome of the midterm elections will set the stage for the 2016 presidential elections.

“A Republican-dominated Congress will likely stymie everything, try to roll everything back,” Lavarro said. “With a Democratic controlled Congress, we see progression with healthcare reform; we’ll see more movement towards immigration reform; we’ll see getting something enacted there.”

Whether they’re democrats or republicans, they all agree on one thing come November 4…

The youngest Filipino American in office, Republican Councilman Peter Mendonez Jr. of West Windsor, NJ said, ”It’s a midterm election, and most people don’t come out to vote. So most importantly we need people to come out and vote whether it’s the red party or blue party.”

With 85 percent disapproval of how it is handling its job, senate and congressional candidates, whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, would need to do a lot of convincing to get these angry voters to support them this time.

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  • Mario
    28 October 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Repeatition on Clinton era a Democrat, overspending,lies, scandal to scandal, corruption, media bias was stop, when the Republican control the House and Senate during the last term of Bill Clinton. Clinton became a lameduck President, and it was the Republican control House and Senate, who turned around the US economy to surplus, which made Clinton as one of the best President of all times. Since Clinton was a stamp pad for the Republican control House and Senate, he spend more time womanizing and nearly impeach for that.After the November election it will be GOP control again,but it will be different,GOP will have a hard time to turn around the economy because Obama had almost destroyed every thing.From the Military,Healthcare, Nasa, economy,Unemployment,IRS, NSA, Middle East, ISIS,34M illegals and many more.China is #1 in economy and we are #2 under Obama.Go out and vote…

  • Delia
    30 October 2014 at 7:12 am - Reply

    With 34 million Green Cards being requisitioned and ObamaCare Premiums skyrocketing after the election, as well as higher Deductibles; the Cloward Piven strategy is clear for anyone with eyes to see.

    It is an intentional collapse of lower middle class families. The Dream or more appropriately the “Nightmare” Act serves several purposes. It will stimulate even greater mass migrations of illegal aliens to our nation for welfare, food stamps and medical care while medical services are being overwhelmed by sickly aliens. Not only will costs crush middle class people who may have a $4K to $8K Personal Deductible or perhaps $12,700 for the family, but Hospitals are being bankrupted by instances such as the Texas Hospital with the cost of treating an Ebola infected alien at half-million unreimbursed costs. Moreover, people are avoiding Hospitals that means that they will have empty beds that generate no revenue that creates further strain on the Hospital finances.

    The shame is that it took so long for many to start to realize that the “Fundamental Transformation” looks something like the Kim Dynasty’s North Korea: a filthy rich ruling cabal and the rest eating bugs and blades of grass.