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Someone want to tell me again how the GOP is supposed to be a serious party full of smart, thoughtful people with real ideas to help our country succeed? I can’t imagine why only 20% of the country wants to be associated with the Republican Party right now.
A new Democracy Corps poll released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner today shows that after 100 days in office, President Barack Obama has, at least for now effectively erased doubts that Americans have historically harbored about the Democratic Party’s vision and competence on national security.
For the first time in our research, Democrats are at full parity on perceptions of which party would best manage national security, while they have moved far ahead of the GOP on specific challenges such as Afghanistan, Iraq, working with our allies, and improving America’s image abroad.
Nearly two-thirds of likely voters — 64 percent — approve of the job Obama is doing on national security. That is 6 points higher than his already strong overall job approval rating (at 58 percent, the highest we have yet recorded). On other aspects of national security — from Iraq, to Afghanistan, to terrorism, to the president’s foreign diplomacy — the same is true: higher job approval ratings than on the President’s overall job approval.
Given their approval of the president’s performance on foreign affairs, voters flatly reject the claims from former Vice President Cheney and other Republicans that Obama’s policies put America at risk. By nearly a 2 to 1 margin, Americans say that President Obama is doing better, not worse, than his predecessor, George W. Bush, when it comes to national security.
This new Gallup poll is obviously great news for the Republican Party:
The decline in Republican Party affiliation among Americans in recent years is well documented, but a Gallup analysis now shows that this movement away from the GOP has occurred among nearly every major demographic subgroup. Since the first year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2001, the Republican Party has maintained its support only among frequent churchgoers, with conservatives and senior citizens showing minimal decline.opines:
First, if the Obama administration is a disaster, the Republicans will quickly rebound. Hell, if in eight years, Obama’s team turns out to have been useless and worthless as the Bush administration, I will have no problem sticking a shiv in them and the Democratic party. If you thought otherwise, you haven’t been paying attention. I’ll never be a Republican again, though.I especially agree with his second point. It’s just a flesh wound!
Second, what will be the most fun about the next couple of days is watching Republicans try to deny or ignore these findings. Everything is fine! We just need to get back to our core principles! This is nothing a little poem or interpretive dance can’t fix! You betcha!
Update: Larison has more:
The Midwest figures are stunning: Republican ID in this region has dropped by nine points. This is not just the heartland, which the GOP is supposed to represent so well, but it has been the historic core of Republican politics at a national level since the founding of the party. Even having lost the Northeast is not quite as bad as being decimated in the Midwest. The GOP has even lost five points among married voters, six points among whites, seven points among men and nine points among middle-income voters, all of which are equal to or greater than the national average. This is the hollowing-out of the Republican coalition as we know it. McCain will be pleased to find that Republican ID among college graduates has dropped by ten points in the last eight years–the danger of more arrogant young punks involving themselves in conservative politics has been substantially reduced.
Say what you will about the merits of this view but a new poll shows that folks under 30 aren’t too concerned about the “Big Government” boogeyman:
Here’s Steve Benen:
It sounds like Republicans need to step up the “Obama’s a
There was some talk in Republican circles recently that the GOP is finally “back in the saddle.” If that’s true, the horse is looking pretty small.
[Chris] Cillizza added, “The number of people who see themselves as GOPers is on the decline even as those who remain within the party grow more and more conservative. That means that the loyal base of the party has an even larger voice in terms of the direction it heads even as more and more empirical evidence piles up that the elevation of voices like former vice president Dick Cheney does little to win over wavering Republicans or recruit Independents back to the GOP cause.”
Which brings us back to yesterday’s discussion about the party’s base refusing to allow the party to progress or adapt. Indeed, while the GOP would presumably be looking for new ways to expand its numbers, Republicans are apparently intent on doing the opposite.
Update: OMG, Obama’s approval ratings have climbed over the last few weeks! C’mon GOP! Formulate some creative new insults!!
A new DKos poll is out. It appears that the Republicans in Congress are about as popular as genital herpes:
|PELOSI:||37 (37)||44 (45)||+1|
|REID:||34 (35)||48 (49)||+0|
|McCONNELL:||22 (22)||58 (57)||-1|
|BOEHNER:||17 (17)||61 (60)||-1|
|CONGRESSIONAL DEMS:||43 (44)||50 (50)||-1|
|CONGRESSIONAL GOPS:||15 (16)||70 (69)||-2|
|DEMOCRATIC PARTY:||53 (52)||41 (42)||+2|
|REPUBLICAN PARTY:||23 (24)||67 (67)||-1|
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