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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:34 PM

First Thoughts: GOP goes off the image cliff

Source: NBC News

The clock is ticking over whether President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner can avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the beginning of next year. But our new NBC/WSJ poll shows that the Republican Party has already gone off one cliff, per co-pollster Peter Hart (D) -- the image cliff. The GOP’s fav/unfav rating in the poll now stands at 30%/45% (minus-15), which is down from 36%/43% (minus-7) right before the election. That’s compared with the Democratic Party’s 44%/35% rating (plus-9). And other than self-described Republicans and conservatives, just two other groups have a net positive view of the GOP: folks who live in rural America (39%/33%) and folks who live in the South (39%/38%), that’s it. What’s more, asked to give a word or short phrase to describe the Republican Party, 65% offered a negative comment, including MORE THAN HALF of Republicans. The top responses: “Bad,” “weak,” “negative,” “uncompromising,” “need to work together,” “broken,” “disorganized” and “lost.” By contrast, 37% gave negative descriptions of the Democratic Party, while 35% were positive. A Republican politician or operative might look at our poll and say, “Well, the good news is that our numbers can’t get any lower.” That might be true, and they could very well drag Democrats down with them if there isn’t a deal. But there’s another way to look at the poll: Republicans have a lot to gain, too. And if they want to be a competitive national party again and not simply a regional, rural party, they need to make gains.




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Look at it this way: there's no place to go but up!

(okay, maybe not...)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:44 PM

1. The party of huh?

Wha?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:46 PM

2. Haven't you heard . . .?

"Republicans have a lot to gain, too."

Haven't you heard yet? All of the "Real Republicans" are moving to Texas, so they can join the "Secession."

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:50 PM

3. Fuck em...............nt

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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:58 PM

4. Tea Party Favorite Sees Path To Higher Taxes

Add Sen. Rand Paul to a growing list of even conservative Republicans who appear to be giving into the idea that taxes soon will rise on the wealthiest Americans as part of a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

Paul, may have been elected in 2010 as one of the most fervent heroes of the tea party, but even he seems to see the writing on the wall as President Obama has public opinion on his side in calling for an end to the tax cuts for the top 2 percent of taxpayers.

- See more at: http://thedemocraticdaily.com/2012/12/13/tea-party-favorite-sees-path-to-higher-taxes/#sthash.DmHN2OuZ.dpuf

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