Skip to main content

Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Foster attend his inauguration service in Newark, New Jersey, January 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Adam Hunger
Now why would voters think Republicans are unethical, extreme, and unconcerned with the needs of regular people?
If you were taking a look at Pew's latest health care-related poll, you'd certainly be struck by the big number Jed pulled out earlier today: that voters trust the Democratic Party on health care over the GOP by a 45-38 margin, despite the botched Obamacare rollout. Given Republicans are running their entire 2014 campaign on taking away people's Obamacare insurance and abortion, this can't make them too happy.

But that's not the only interesting data in the poll.

Third Way and their friends will weep at this:

Overall, 63% say reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for Congress and the president this year, down from 72% a year ago. Most of the decline has come among Democrats: Only about half of Democrats – 49% – view deficit reduction as a top priority, down 18 points since last January.
Remember that stuff about Republicans coming up with a poverty agenda? Never mind that nonsense.
[A]nother policy objective – dealing with the problems of the poor and needy – has declined as a top priority among Republicans. Just 32% of Republicans say dealing with the problems of poor and needy people should be a top priority for Obama and Congress, down 14 points since 2013 (46%).
The public really thinks Republicans are assholes:
Pew poll results showing Democrats leading Republicans on traits such as
Heck, Republicans should be humiliated that the public sees the parties tied on the issue of handling taxes, 41-41. That's supposed to be their issue. But conservatives can console themselves with their 45-36 lead on handling the federal budget deficit and a narrow 42-38 lead on the economy.

Given that the economy is the number one issue for voters, that's not an insignificant consolation. But Republicans will have to stop coming across as such creeps in order to capitalize on that. And so far, they're doing a pretty poor job of it.

Originally posted to kos on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 01:21 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site