The Republican Party has nothing to offer except clowns, fear and hate

The Republican Party is destroying itself. A recent Pew Research Center poll conducted July 14-20 surveying 2002 adults found,

The Republican Party’s image has grown more negative over the first half of this year. Currently, 32% have a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 60% have an unfavorable view. Favorable views of the GOP have fallen nine percentage points since January. The Democratic Party continues to have mixed ratings (48% favorable, 47% unfavorable).

The Democratic Party has often held an edge over the GOP in favorability in recent years, but its advantage had narrowed following the Republicans’ midterm victory last fall. Today, the gap is as wide as it has been in more than two years.

Republicans, in particular, are now more critical of their own party than they were a few months ago. About two-thirds (68%) express a favorable opinion of their party, the lowest share in more than two years. Six months ago, 86% of Republicans viewed the GOP positively.<em>[P]ositive views of the GOP among Republicans have declined 18 percentage points since January, from 86% to 68%. Independents also view the Republican Party less favorably; 29% today, compared with 37% six months ago.</em> Democrats, by contrast, continue to express highly positive opinions of their party: 86% view the party favorably, little changed from 84% in January.

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As has been the case over the past four years, the Republican Party is viewed as more extreme in its positions than the Democratic Party. Currently, 52% say the GOP is more extreme, compared with 35% who say this better describes the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party continues to hold wide advantages over the Republicans on empathy and honesty. By 53% to 31%, the Democratic Party is viewed as “more concerned with the needs of people like me.” And the Democrats hold a 16-point lead on governing in an honest and ethical way (45% to 29%).

A Gallup poll conducted July 8-12 concluded,

The Democratic Party has regained its edge over the Republican Party in terms of favorability, another sign that it is recovering from its poor 2014 showing. But both parties remain unpopular relative to their historical performance, which suggests neither has the wind at its back going into the 2016 presidential contest.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg is reporting,

Consumer confidence slumped in July by the most in almost four years as households became less upbeat about the outlook for the economy, employment and their finances, figures from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday.

Swings in stock prices stemming from the Greek financial crisis and weakness in China took a toll, according to the group, showing why Federal Reserve policy makers may want to consider international events in determining when to raise interest rates. Outsized moves in confidence have been common this year, underscoring erratic consumer temperament that poses a risk to already uneven household spending.

“It’s a bit of a surprise and may prove a little erratic,” said David Sloan, senior economist at 4Cast Inc. in New York. “If the stock market weakness recently extends further, a turnaround might be harder. But energy prices have slipped and that could give some support to consumers.”

The Conference Board’s index retreated to 90.9 this month from a revised 99.8 in June. The July reading, the weakest in 10 months, was lower than the most pessimistic forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists.

The 8.9 point drop also marked the biggest negative surprise since February 2003. The median forecast was 100, with estimates ranging from 97 to 103 after a previously reported 101.4 in June. The gauge has moved at least five points in five of the first seven months of the year.

The Republicans have nothing to offer to reverse the trend except clowns, fear and hate.

Clowns, fear and hate do not create jobs that pay a living wage.

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For additional reading, see my article titled, Big Ideas Poll Shows Republicans are Clueless

10 Responses to The Republican Party has nothing to offer except clowns, fear and hate

  1. ed nelson says:

    Hey Fred, I need to walk that back a little… I don;’t want to be against waring a suit…. like a lawer surely must do!

    I was a blue collor guy// Xs 10, as a longshoreman.

    But we wore the Hickory shirt… and black jeans… (Levis… and Frisco Jeans…. good cotton trousers…

    My grandad used to go to work, back in the 30’s… and before…. they went to work on SF waterfront in their worn out suits… sports coats! Hats… I got pictures of it!!

    I really miss my people,, long time ago!

  2. ed nelson says:

    Well, anybody who thinks all they got to do is get dressed up an a … penquine suite and act repressed, like closet casses!, and all the rest of it~!… what a sad story!

  3. girlp says:

    I was worried when they took over the Senate but they are so incompetent they really can’t get anything done. It is still alarming that most of the American people think because they supposedly understand business they can be trusted with the economy even though that has been proven not to be true. When I was in college most business students even had problems with micro econ, macro (which you need to have some understanding of to run any level of government) is something they really had a hard time with and ignored. Not that there were some that understood it better than I did and it was my major but most didn’t understand and did not care to understand. Most of these congressmen are political professonials bought by the big corporations or business people who understand their little nitche in the businessworld (Mitt Romney the one trick pony). Why they are so trusted when they have failed with the economny I just can’t understand.

    • The media continues to consult them even though they have been consistently wrong about everything.

      Meanwhile, Krugman wins a Nobel Prize in economics and he continues to be ignored. Politicians pretend he doesn’t exist.

  4. gblock says:

    Many Republicans seem to value ideological purity over being able to win in a general election.

  5. ed nelson says:

    Now that said:… I would like to put in, that I had a vision some years ago…. in which I saw the end of the world, and the end of humanity vary vivid…. and scary! I don’t know if it is wise to speak of it, but here it is. The way I interpret the thing is that: We live, so that we can experience all this stuff! We enjoy so that we can also suffer!

    That’s all

  6. ed nelson says:

    OK< when they look back at iit, I mean, if there is any them to look back at… it… ! teh Republicans…. hahahaha and Democrats…. hahahaha

    The stupid people, and their stupid antics and political parties!

    While ''Rome Burns'' if you will… ? While the Environs goes to… Seed… goes to Oblivion! If you get my Drift… !?!

  7. Not much difference between the various Repub campaigns and a sitcom, especially Trump’s! O..0 It would be funnier if it wasn’t so alarming.

  8. How in the world do they get a favorable rating of 32 percent?!?

    • racerrodig says:

      People with a double digit IQ ?? Hey, just sayin’
      Maybe kids are playing computer games and pumping up the numbers.

      I’m shocked it’s that high to be honest, considering all that’s going on. Virtually everyone I know is so down on the Rep. ‘s it’s a joke.

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