Democratic pollster Celinda Lake of the Washington research firm Lake Snell Perry & Associates, was Thursday's guest. Here are excerpts from her remarks:
"The war has jumped over the economy as the No. 1 problem. People think the war is going very, very poorly."
"[Democrats] are doing record well with rural women right now ... because 44 percent of the [soldiers] being killed are from towns of under 10,000. That really is unnerving rural America."
"Fifty-one percent of the voters say the economy is getting worse. It has to be unbelievably frustrating to the administration when the statistics ... show the economy getting better. These sentiments are particularly true in battleground states."
"He has no coattails at all in congressional races. There were the Reagan Democrats; there is no such thing as a Bush Democrat."
"The one thing relentlessly driven home in their advertising is flip-flopper.... Steady and consistent in times of risk [is what] people really want. It is the steady and consistent [image] that's the most important thing for Kerry."
"The one group of voters that are key to [Democrats] that are still bothered are the strictly Catholic, noncollege, older women. And they really are anti-gay marriage. We are going to need a strategy ... on the issue, particularly in battleground states."