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GOP Seen as Principled, But Out of Touch and Too Extreme

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"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.

Opinions about the Democratic Party are mixed, but the party is viewed more positively than the GOP in every dimension tested except one. Somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles (63% vs. 57%).

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 13-18 among 1,504 adults, comes at a time when Republican leaders are debating the party’s future in the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection. The Republican Party’s image has been hit hard over the past decade. [url="http://www.people-press.org/2013/01/17/section-2-views-of-congress-and-the-parties/"]In January[/url], just 33% said they viewed the party favorably, among the lowest marks of the last 20 years. The GOP’s favorable rating has not been above 50% since shortly after George W. Bush’s reelection in 2004.

An earlier release from the survey by [url="http://www.people-press.org/2013/02/20/section-2-views-of-obama-congress/"]the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY[/url] found that while both party’s congressional leaders receive negative job ratings, just 25% approve of the job performance of GOP leaders, compared with 37% approval for Democratic congressional leaders.

The new report finds that while the Democratic Party is viewed more positively on most traits tested, opinion is divided about whether the party is out of touch with the American people: 46% say it is, while 50% it is not. And only somewhat more say the Democratic Party is looking out for the country’s future than say that about the Republican Party (51% vs. 45%)."
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[quote]"Far more independents say the Democratic Party is open to change than say that about the Republican Party (54% vs. 39%). The gap is roughly the same in independents’ views about whether the parties are out of touch (65% Republican vs. 51% Democratic) and too extreme (51% vs. 40%)."[/quote]


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Republicans are knee deep in some poo right now. They all jumped on the grassroots enthusiasm of the Tea Party but may have sunk their party for at least a decade by doing so.

They are going to struggle in national elections and getting a majority in the Senate until they mainstream some of their positions.

It will be really interesting in 2016 to see who the Republicans put out there as candidates, and what their positions are.

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Republicans are knee deep in some poo right now. They all jumped on the grassroots enthusiasm of the Tea Party but may have sunk their party for at least a decade by doing so.

They are going to struggle in national elections and getting a majority in the Senate until they mainstream some of their positions.

It will be really interesting in 2016 to see who the Republicans put out there as candidates, and what their positions are.
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fug 2016, 2014 might be a bloodbath depending on how this sequester deal pans out. if boehner "compromises" with obama (compromise being "accept a proposal from the whitehouse that includes 80% of what republicans want" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/25/i-dont-understand-the-republican-position-on-the-sequester/) then more republicans are going to face even more primaries from the right and while teabaggers might do well in primaries and in heavily gerrymandered districts, they'll get slaughtered by any "generic democratic." the republican party is in serious danger which, at first glance, sure seems like a good thing. however i'm worried about what kind of party may spawn from the decaying corpse IF 2014 goes poorly for them

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I'd rather have a functioning Congress than a non functioning Republican party but these tea party yahoos G5 and stirs think are just great are making that a statistical improbability. I mean, they tend to be the stupidest, most loudmouthed people ever elected to office but as long as they say God and Guns enough times people vote for them in the looney bin primaries.

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For now perhaps, but things tend to change rather rapidly. It wasn't long ago (2004) that the Democrats seemed to be in real trouble and Republicans were riding high.

That being said, Republicans have some serious demographic challenges ahead, and they do need to appeal to a wider base.

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patience grasshoppers


sometimes the people come to you rather than you going to them. if the COTUS (campaigner) continues to go around just blaming and accomplishing nothing, you might see a swing back.

I cannot believe we are just 2 1/2 years past the sweeping 2010 elections where Dems were tossed.

Of course, they weren't out of touch. Always those on the right that are out of touch.

Ebbs and flows of a fickle, live for the moment, non engaged electorate. Would not change the world chasing them

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The core positions of the party aren't that extreme, they've just been electing leaders who are either

a- dumb as bricks, having not ever seemed to even think through their position, or
b- pure dag nasty evil (shooting guys in the face, saber rattling to bomb iran for no good reason, etc)

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[quote name='stirs' timestamp='1361972884' post='2146208']
patience grasshoppers


sometimes the people come to you rather than you going to them. if the COTUS (campaigner) continues to go around just blaming and accomplishing nothing, you might see a swing back.

I cannot believe we are just 2 1/2 years past the sweeping 2010 elections where Dems were tossed.

Of course, they weren't out of touch. Always those on the right that are out of touch.

Ebbs and flows of a fickle, live for the moment, non engaged electorate. Would not change the world chasing them
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I really enjoy how passive aggressive you are.

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[quote name='mmmbeans' timestamp='1361973144' post='2146211']


I really enjoy how passive aggressive you are.
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PhillyB is the Huddle counselor, you might have to wait your turn.

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PhillyB is the Huddle counselor, you might have to wait your turn.
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My turn for what?

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[quote name='stirs' timestamp='1361972884' post='2146208']
if the COTUS (campaigner) continues to go around just blaming and accomplishing nothing, you might see a swing back.


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Oh the beauty of politics is found in this sentence right here.

The Republicans are in control of a do nothing Congress that has only had 15 sessions and only one mark up session in 8 weeks. If Obama complains about them not doing poo it just Obama "blaming" Republicans and "accomplishing nothing".

BUT as soon as he signs any executive order, it is "Derp circumventing Congress...derp.. he thinks he is a king... derp"

And the Republican minions eat that poo up.

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[quote name='stirs' timestamp='1361972884' post='2146208']

Ebbs and flows of a fickle, live for the moment, non engaged electorate. Would not change the world chasing them
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The question is not whether republicans will "change the world" to win back votes, but whether they will drop the crazy, tea party inspired parts. Because the tea party keeps winning primaries with unelectable idiots

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