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Americans: We’re heading in the wrong direction

Americans: We’re heading in the wrong direction

Thanks, Obama!

Rasmussen released a poll this week revealing that only 25% of likely voters believe that America is heading in the right direction. Just one year ago, this viewpoint was expressed by 30% of likely voters.

Via Rasmussen:

This is up two points from the week before which tied the lowest level of confidence since last October during the temporary government shutdown. The number who say the country is heading in the right direction has been below 30% for most of this year.

Early last October during the shutdown, confidence in the country’s course fell to 13%, the lowest finding in five years.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters now think the country is headed down the wrong track. This finding is down three points from 69% a week ago, the highest negative finding since last November. Eighty percent (80%) felt the country was on the wrong track in early October 2013.

Notably, 70% of likely voters not affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic Party believe that the country is on the wrong track—which exceeds the average by 4 points.

This latest poll comes at a time when President Obama’s approval rating is hovering above his all-time low of 38%. With just 41% of Americans willing to admit they approve of the way the President is doing his job (down 2 points since August 24,) Republicans are finding themselves with a key strategic advantage as we move into the last 60 days before the November elections.

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The 4% difference between all likely voters and unaffiliated likely voters who disapprove of the direction the country represents a demographic—however small—that is up for grabs. Additionally, with 60% of moderates feeling similarly, Republicans have a clear opportunity to capitalize on the dissension and present their solutions to issues that move voters most.

Even outlets like the New York Times, which tend to thrive on the tears of disappointed Republican hopes, are toying with the possibility of overall Republican victory in the miderms:

Anything, of course, is still possible. Labor Day is traditionally the start of the campaign, not the end. But what may be more likely than a Republican rout is that 2014 ends up somewhere between 2010 and 2012. Not a Republican landslide or a Democratic victory, but a fairly neutral if Republican-tilting year in which the G.O.P. benefits from a large number of competitive races in red and purple states.

The Republicans would still have an excellent chance to retake the Senate in that scenario. No Republican wave is needed to beat Democrats in an open state like Iowa, or to unseat Democratic incumbents in states as red as Louisiana, Arkansas or Alaska. Republicans would also benefit from an older, whiter midterm electorate, especially in North Carolina, where Democrats depend on the so-called “new” Democratic coalition of young and nonwhite voters. A Democratic midterm turnout problem would allow Republicans to perform better than they did in 2012, even if national conditions were just as favorable for Democrats.

Although the article emphasizes the lack of movement on the general ballot, it’s important to remember that most campaigns use September 1 as a jump-off point to ramp up their GOTV efforts. Democrats may be targeting their “new” coalition, but but so are Republicans. Republicans should see this poll not as a mandate to victory, but as an invitation to pitch something better.

Republicans—especially those who have been on the Hill for a while—are starting to realize that when it comes to targeting unaffiliated and nontraditional demographics, it all comes down to context. Concepts like “liberty” and “big government” go over well with the conservative base because that’s what originally drove the base to organize; but for someone who is either unaffiliated with the party, or who has never really had the chance to talk to a conservative candidate, those concepts don’t translate as easily. They see “freedom” in terms of being able to choose their doctor, or their child’s school, and “tax and spend” in terms of how much of their paycheck goes to the government every month.

We’ve spent so much time and energy telling America what needs to be done—it’s time to step back and tell America why we can do it better than the Democrats.

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We all can’t be racist, can we?
In fact, two thirds of those who amazingly still support Obama are people who do vote on strictly racial prejudice or preference basis, which makes them the obvious “Racists”. (The remaining third of Obama supporters are mostly Democrat government employees, Communists, Anarchists and freeloaders.)

Madison, in No. 51, put it this way, “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

Rather than government being dependent on the people, as Madison et alia had hoped, today we witness Obama and his crowd of leftists (including all historical lefties/collectivists from Wilson, FDR, LBJ, et alia) inverting the Framers’ ideal to the point that the people, and as many as possible, must be made dependent on the government which will then go after the producers (“tax the rich” is their shibboleth) with a vengeance, a taste of which has been given to us beginning on 01/20/09.

The results of the poll referenced in the article are a hopeful indicator. Most Americans don’t know exactly which way to go, but they do know that the Obama / Democrat Party collectivist route isn’t the right one.

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    filiusdextris in reply to Kitty. | September 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I am far from a fan of all Dolan policies, but detracting a bishop is serious. Why would I uncritically accept the take of a third party (Michael Voris, who doesn’t have all the facts) who largely rejects Vatican II? At the very least I would try to find some corroborative sources of those without a predisposed axe to grind.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | September 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

BEHOLD!

The Sell out of Rasmussen – to their new Masters.

Such Pure Propaganda – Rasmussen Headline on that article:

“Right Direction or Wrong Track
25% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction – This is up two points from the week before”

So 75% of Americans think Obama and his Party are speeding to Hell in a Chevy Volt and that is not worth stating?

Did Rasmussen ask those who think the country is on the right track if they know who the vice-president is? Or perhaps if they know how many states there are? Or if they know the name of a major newspaper? How about their state capitals? I guarantee that those people vote by race or ignorance.

TrooperJohnSmith | September 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I’m still amazed that his approval ratings are as high as they are. That many people cannot be either totally disconnected or complete idiots, can they?

Never mind. I just answered my own question.

It is perhaps time for the libertarians within the Republican Party to emerge and add an additional message to our socially conservative Republican friends, that the Republican Party is the party of freedom, individual choices, and non-dependence on government. Our message is a powerful one, the right to speak freely (wither or not in a “free speech” zone, the right to bear arms in accord with the Second Amendment, economic freedom and the right to profit from and keep the products of our own labor. These values along with fiscal conservatism virtually all Republicans share should be appealing alternatives to Obama-ism, liberal government oriented solutions to all problems paid for through ever higher taxes and borrowing on the credit of our children and grandchildren.

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