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Gallup Offers Some Reminders

JedediahVia Jedediah Bila at Breitbart News

There are two important things to note via Gallup this week.

1) “One in four (25%) say they are satisfied with current direction of the country, while 74% express dissatisfaction.” As Gallup notes, that has been pretty consistent for the last five months.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Right, Americans are tired of big-government solutions. They’re tired of the Democrat approach and looking to Republicans for answers.”

Not so fast, because…

2) “Americans view the Democratic Party more favorably than the Republican Party, even though both parties have a net unfavorable rating.” Based on a recent poll, the favorable rating for the Democrat Party is 44%, while that of the GOP is 34%.

Herein lies the problem.

I do think many are disgusted with a big-government approach to things, Obamacare in particular. I think they are tired of the Obama administration’s lack of transparency with respect to Benghazi, the IRS targeting political groups, the VA nightmare…but are they confident that the GOP would do a better job? No. Not yet.

The GOP has, in recent years, been remarkably uninspiring to many, particularly to young people. Outreach, messaging, and communication strategies have been poor. There has been a lack of strong, principled, charismatic presidential candidates. These are just facts.

And yes, it’s a shame. Because if the GOP stands for freedom, that shouldn’t be hard to sell. Much like opportunity, big dreams, low taxes, and limited government, individual liberty is sexy as all hell.

Reminder: One of the main reasons Obama got reelected was because his policies were viewed as the lesser of two evils. The GOP candidate, and the Party’s messaging, didn’t inspire people to make the switch.

Once again, people vote for something much more than they vote against something. Let’s see if the Republican Party gets that message as we approach 2016.

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Patricia
4 years ago

It appears that Obama confuses the role of President with that of a king or dictator. He is supposed to work for us, not “rule” over us. We the people hired him…he should remember that his role is to voice what we desire and not to inflict his desires or those of lobbyists upon us. Providing healthcare to the millions who do not work and penalizing those of us who cannot afford healthcare because we earn “too much” is all wrong!! We need incentives for being responsible instead of being hit with large cash penalties for not “doing as we… Read more »

Richard Buchko
6 years ago

Fox News contributor? What a “shock” that is. Once again, article full of inaccuracies. For example Americans as a whole are not “disgusted” with Obamacare — in fact, it is turning out to be an overall success, and most people who have issues with it think it should be tweaked (which has always been the plan). Benghazi is only an issue on Fox News and among right-wing extremists – everyone else feels the information has come out, Etc., etc., etc. She is right that a better Republican candidate would have beaten President Obama in 2012 – it was that close,… Read more »

Rik
6 years ago

It’s not just that the GOP doesn’t inspire young people, how can they when ALL major media outlets, other than Fox News, demonizes the GOP every day, all the time. As a staunch Conservative, how can I get excited about 2 milk toast, moderate Liberals like Romney and McCain. Advice to the GOP leadership, stop believing the Liberal media on how GOP candidates “need” to appeal to moderates and independents. That’s exactly what they want, more guaranteed loser Presidential candidates! Trust me, the Liberals are scared to death the GOP will wake up and endorse a true, Conservative Christian “black”… Read more »

Tim
6 years ago

“Let’s see if the Republican Party gets that message as we approach 2016.” Doubtful. *sigh*

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