Most Americans Agree with GOP on the Issues... Until They Find Out the Republicans Support Them
Rush Limbaugh breaks down a poll that shows Americans agree with Republicans on most issues… until they find out the GOP supports them. Rush lays it out simply: the GOP has an image problem, not a policy problem.
[Respondents preferred the Republican plan to the Democrat plan]… when pollsters presented likely voters with general ways to reduce the budget — 65 percent believing budget deficits should be reduced mostly by spending cuts, compared to 24 percent who saw raising taxes as the preferable way.
Yet when asked which party they trusted more on budget issues, a plurality of likely voters said they trusted Democrats more — 35 percent to Republican’s 30 percent, 36 percent were uncommitted.
Voters simply do not trust the Republicans on the economy because they are framed as greedy old misers, while Democrats are compassionate and for the poor. In reality, however, the Democrats receive far more funding from special interest groups, including corporations, than Republicans — up to six times as much.
And when it comes to policies leading to perpetual poverty, what better example than the Great Society programs that have wrecked inner cities or the economic policies of President Obama, which are leading to record food stamps, unending high unemployment, and escalating poverty?
It may seem trite, but Republicans need to go out of their way to show two things: that they care about people and their problems (which plenty of GOP do anyway); and the Democrat Party is actually the party of the rich (which is true). Along with the rebranding effort already underway at the RNC, this political strategy would help the GOP better connect with prospective voters.