Dems Launch Door-to-Door Outreach Effort

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31pm EDT

( - Ding-dong, there's a Democrat at your door: The Democratic National Committee says volunteers will go door-to-door in all 50 states on Saturday -- "to share the Democratic Party's bold vision for America and begin a series of conversations with the American people about the upcoming elections."

"Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day" is part of the DNC's effort to gear up for the 2006 elections.

The nationwide event is intended to build strong Election Day teams for 2006 and beyond -- a "lasting Democratic Party infrastructure."

"Politics is at its best when we work together to create and strengthen our community," said DNC Chairman Howard Dean who will join door-knocking teams in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.

"Our National Organizing Day will bring together neighbors and communities as we mobilize for the fall elections to make sure that Democrats are elected up and down the ticket, throughout America."

He said Democrats who knock on doors will tell their neighbors "what Democrats stand for, our vision for change, and the clear choice voters will face in November."

As part of the effort, Democrats plan to distribute "door hangers," which come in both English and Spanish/English versions and can be downloaded from the Internet.

The door hanger promises "a bold new direction for a secure America."

It outlines six points of the "Democratic vision," including honest leadership, real security, energy independence, economic security/educational excellence, healthcare that works, and retirement security.

The party says this will be the first national effort to reach out "door to door and neighbor to neighbor, all across America."

Americans dissatisfied with Congress

Democrats may get an earful from frustrated voters on Saturday.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the American people are not fond of either Democrats or Republicans in Congress.

Americans don't like the job that the Congress is doing; in fact, the congressional approval rating dropped 11 points from a similar poll conducted a month earlier.

Forty-five percent of those polled said they want Democrats to control Congress (down from 50 percent in March); 39 percent of registered voters said they want Republicans to control Congress (up from 37 percent in March).

Forty-four percent of those polled said they are tired of Republicans and Democrats fighting; 36 percent said nothing gets done on important issues; 34 percent said too many congressmen are corrupt and unethical; and 22 percent said Congress simply goes along with President Bush.

The poll questioned 1109 adults -- 48 percent men, 52 percent women. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

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