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Monitor Breakfast

Selected quotations from a Monitor breakfast with John Zogby.

By David T. Cook / October 30, 2002



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.

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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."

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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