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Washington, DC. April 3, 2008 - A new Democracy Corps poll released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner today showed that national security issues are likely to play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the 2008 presidential election.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted March 25-27, 2008, looked specifically at measures of security such as which party the public trusts more on matters of foreign policy, the handling of the Iraq war, military operations, and diplomacy. Findings suggest that Democrats have made significant gains on many measures of security - completely reversing their August 2003 deficits in most areas - but still face challenges in others as both presidential and congressional contests heat up.

"With presidential approval ratings at an all-time low, and with growing discontent over the direction of the country and Iraq, Democrats are making remarkable gains on many fronts, even in areas that seemed out-of-reach just a few years ago," said Stan Greenberg, CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and co-founder of Democracy Corps.

Greenberg presented the findings in a press conference this afternoon with Jeremy Rosner, Senior Vice President at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. In a report released in conjunction with the press conference, Greenberg and Rosner offered seven winning imperatives for Democrats as they wage the debate over national security in the coming months.

"This is a key moment for Democrats," said Rosner, who is also a former Special Assistant to President Clinton, serving on the staff of the National Security Council. "Now is the time for them to show they are willing to go on the offense on national security. Democrats must craft a narrative around 'strengthening America's security' - contrasting with President Bush's 'extreme' and 'reckless policies' - and show that a John McCain administration would just be a continuation of Bush's national security politics."

Highlights from the poll showed that by a margin of 11 points, 47 to 36 percent, voters now say that the Democratic Party would do a better job on foreign policy. Democrats now also hold a strong 21-point margin, 53 to 32 percent, on "striking the balance between foreign and domestic issues." The Democratic Party has also moved close to parity with Republicans on "national security" (39 to 45 percent) and "protecting America and its people" (38 to 44 percent).

This is the fourth national security poll Greenberg Quinlan Rosner/Democracy Corps has conducted since 2003.

FULL REPORT: http://www.gqrr.com/index.php?ID=2183

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