You might remember this tea leaves post. It showed the widest gap in 20 years between those surveyed who identified with Democrats versus Republicans. 50 to 35. Well, Pew has more good news for those who might seek to elect a Democrat to the Office of the President of The United States:

A year before the 2008 presidential election, most major national opinion trends decidedly favor the Democrats. Discontent with the state of the nation is markedly greater than it was four years ago. President Bush’s approval rating has fallen from 50% to 30% over this period. And the Democrats’ advantage over the Republicans on party affiliation is not only substantially greater than it was four years ago, but is the highest recorded during the past two decades.

The most encouraging thing is the Dems seem to be talking about the stuff that matters to voters while the Republicans continue to play the same tired fear and loathing campaign (and voters are wearing out on it):

The voters’ issues agenda also appears to benefit the Democrats. Along with Iraq, the economy, health care and education rate as the most important issues for voters. Compared with the 2004 campaign, fewer voters now place great importance on the issues that have animated Republican political unity in recent years ? including gay marriage, abortion and terrorism.

No mention of NAMBLA or Values! Values!