New Pew Survey: The GOP is Estranged from America

An op-ed in the Washington Post by founding director and former president of the Pew Research Center, Andrew Kohut, explains how the Republican party continues to be out of touch with Americans, and he has the polling numbers to prove it. Some highlights from his op-ed:

“While there are no catchy phrases for the Republicans of 2013, their image problems are readily apparent in national polls. The GOP has come to be seen as the more extreme party, the side unwilling to compromise or negotiate seriously to tackle the economic turmoil that challenges the nation.”

The Republican Party’s ratings now stand at a 20-year low, with just 33 percent of the public holding a favorable view of the party and 58 percent judging it unfavorably, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey…the GOP’s problems are its own...”

In our most recent national assessments, we found not only that the percentage of people self-identifying as Republicans had hit historic lows but that within that smaller base, the traditional divides between pro-business economic conservatives and social conservatives had narrowed. There was less diversity of values within the GOP than at any time in the past quarter-century.

The party’s base is increasingly dominated by a highly energized bloc of voters with extremely conservative positions on nearly all issues: the size and role of government, foreign policy, social issues, and moral concerns. They stand with the tea party on taxes and spending and with Christian conservatives on key social questions, such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage.”

So, it looks like the numbers confirm it after all. The Grand Old Party is detached from reality and estranged from the wants and needs of the American people.