Monitor Breakfast

Selected quotations from a Monitor breakfast with John Zogby.

Pollster John Zogby of Zogby International was the guest at Tuesday's Monitor breakfast. Mr. Zogby has done polling work for a wide variety of candidates, as well as for a number of major news organizations, including Reuters, NBC News, and Fox. He holds degrees in history from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. When he is not polling, John is a senior associate at Syracuse's Maxwell School and is a distinguished visitor at Colgate University.

On the politics of disappointment:

"Voters had high expectations for government and other institutions after 9/11, and they were really let down. I see this politics of disappointment not benefiting one party or the other but rather ... the mood today is down with whoever is up."

On the outlook for governors' races:

"I see (incumbent) governors going down to the detriment of Republicans... it is a tough time to be a governor. Property taxes are sky-high. How much higher can they go? There is not enough revenue ... governors can't be promising more of anything."

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On the effect of Walter Mondale's entrance into the Minnesota senate race:

"I think the Democrats will rally. [The race] leans democratic. [Control of the Senate is] way too close to call."

On voters' desire to divide control of the government:

"Nine, 10 percent of voters tell us they consciously vote [to divide control of the government]. The number of people who say they want that check is increasing. What that says to me is that there is still not a spirit for grand reform in America."

On the impact of the current election on the 2004 presidential race:

"If Bush's people can make the case that his party was not drubbed, that positions the president more strongly for a reelection bid."

On the president's reelection prospects:

"We could be looking at a one-term president – nothing suggests President Bush walks into 2004. Once this election is over, I think you [will] begin to see the luster wear off on the shining armor. He is now the president; he is on his own. Now, what is he going to do domestically? Voters are feeling insecure. Talk of war will not make them feel more secure."

On congressional Democrats not opposing a war with Iraq:

"I thought they squandered a political opportunity by not making a statement against the war. [It] would have brought home a lot of Democrats."

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