Fresh Polls: Time For GOP To Look In Mirror?

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\"boehner\"A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has some fascinating numbers. There\’s a majority (53 percent) who support moving forward with sequester cuts — or even more reductions. But just 29 percent say they agree with \”most\” of what Republicans in Congress want. Democrats and Obama also have much higher favorability ratings.

\"obama3\"Here\’s NBC\’s Chuck Todd:

What’s more, the polls shows the Democratic Party beats the Republican Party on almost every issue — looking out for middle class (by 22 points), Medicare (by 18 points), health care (16), reducing gun violence (15), Social Security (14), immigration (7) and even taxes (3) and the economy (2). The only issues where the GOP holds the advantage in the survey are reducing the federal deficit (by 6 points), controlling government spending (16 points) and ensuring a strong national defense (26). More importantly, in the dozen issues we tested, the GOP’s numbers dropped in most of them even as the Dem number didn’t budge.

A Pew poll released yesterday adds to the woes for Republicans, who hold a majority in the House of Representatives but appear to have a message that isn\’t resonating:

At a time when the Republican Party’s image is at a historic low, 62% of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.

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15 thoughts on “Fresh Polls: Time For GOP To Look In Mirror?

  1. Connecticut is Dying Too

    I think a few things are at play here:

    1. Democrats and their campaigner-in-chief are much more effective in their messaging and public relations. Republicans are stumbling with their message and its obviously not working.

    2. The Republican party is in the midst of a major party battle between establishment Republicans and the conservative, tea party wing. This ugliness is played out daily in the press.

    3. The media, most of whom are clearly left-of-center, reinforce the message of the Democrats while demonizing Republicans at every chance (witness Rick’s articles). Little things like Bengazi and the massive Federal debt get no traction because they happen on Obama’s watch.

    While Republicans may be losing the polling battle, it is the country that is losing the war. We are seeing the country devolve into what the PIIGS of Europe have become. We are seeing the effects of unchecked liberalism in the White House, in California, Illinois, Connecticut, and in cities like Detroit and Chicago. Our institutions are crumbling in front of our very eyes in the name of “progressivism.”

    I hate to say it but I think we are doomed.

  2. johngaltwhereru

    The most interesting part is the Pew poll showing very high Congressional Republican disapproval. Extremism sems to be the chief complaint of the anti-Republicans.

    But this does not seem to match the electoral reality. 2010 brought a new batch of far more Conservative Republican Congress members. After the 2010 election there were 242 Republican Congress members.

    After 2 years of “extremism” there were still 234 Republican Congress members after the 2012 election.

    It seems to me that if such a huge percentage of those polled find the GOP too extreme, the GOP would have lost more than 8 out of 242 members. It seems that either these pollsters are outrageously biased in who they poll, or Americans found the Democrat alternative to be less acceptable than their “extreme” Republican Representative.

  3. Richard

    Some additional info from Pew:

    25 States: The GOP holds both houses and the Governorship representing 53% of the population

    15 States: Democrats hold both houses and the Governorship. 37% of the population.

    7 of the 10 Largest States are GOP single-party states.

    The GOP has a decisive edge in the House + 45.

    The GOP has 31 Governors to the Demcorats 18.

    The Democrats lost 4 Senate Seats since 2008.

    Last week Nate Silver predicted the GOP picks up a minimum of 4 Senate Seats in 2014.

    >>Summing up the possibilities across all 35 Senate races yields a net gain of four to five seats for Republicans, just short of the six they would need to win back the majority.<<

    http://tinyurl.com/aj3vauk

    I do think they need to improve their messaging in the Liberal States with a Jack Kemp approach instead of a libertarian Peter "Goldfinger" Schiff platform.

    1. johngaltwhereru

      Chris Christie was not even invited to CPAC. After his Sandy performance, and post Sandy lambasting of Republicans opposed to the pork laden Sandy Relief Bill, he has no chance at the nomination.

      Susana Martinez needs to be vetted.

      1. Richard

        Its exactly why Christie is the type of Conservative Moderate who can win. The Walker’s and the Christie’s don’t let the perfect cloud the vision of what’s possible

        1. johngaltwhereru

          Dole was a moderate. McCain was a moderate. Romney was a moderate. All got their asses kicked.

          Republicans win with unapologetic Conservatives that drive the base to the polls. The same way Democrats have Obama winning as an unapologetic Liberal without a moderate bone in is body.

          1. enness

            Bingo. Succinctly put, thanks.

            I only voted Romney (and not enthusiastically) for two reasons:

            1) A group that I find particularly odious thought it was worth their resources to actively oppose him, and

            2) baggage from 2008 — wondering if it was a mistake not to vote for McCain. Now I know it wouldn’t have made a damn difference and my mind is at rest.

          2. johngaltwhereru

            I voted for Romney because I mistakenly thought there were enough people paying attention during the previous 4 years to know a change had to be made, and Romeny was the only option that had even an outside chance.

            In reality, the rich son of a rich man had zero chance of successfully selling a message of upward mobility to the middle class. That is the message that must be sold in order to consistently win. That message is true, regardless of who tells it, but the victims of America are not going to believe it coming from someone like Romney.

          3. Harry Hoku

            Rubio represents the new generation of conservatives and hope for the party’s ability to expand.

            The first Latin should be a conservative. He will serve as a role model for others to join a responsible political party.

  4. justme

    If one is to believe these polls, then it appears government handouts or expected. The problem is we are out of money and those freebees will not only run out, but we can expect some very rough times when the do. Under the liberal efforts over the past 5 years we have developed a new generation of non-productive people. I simply don’t see any good for doing that. Liberal policies look good on paper, but develope poor results in the end.

  5. Bill

    The GOP should only look in the mirror only if the mirror is placed close to the ground where the snakes crawl.

  6. justme

    More people want (37%( spening cut than don’t (35%). The media is most dishonest at how they are reporting on these polls. It should be repported that many conservatives are dis-enchanted with Congress because they keep caving into Obama and the liberals. So IMHO the media should be the ones looking into the mirror not the Republicans. If the Republicans stood up to the left and their stupid demands the polls would show a much higher suppot for Republicans.

  7. enness

    Bribery works. Shocker? I don’t think so. Those numbers say to me that we’re okay with totally contradicting ourselves.

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