Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Could Republicans Lose Texas?

Rod Dreher looks at a poll that calls upon the state party to wake up:

•Half the voters polled believe the state is on the wrong track; only 37 percent believe Texas is headed in the right direction.
•On nearly every measure, the Republican brand is "significantly less appealing" than the Democratic one.
•Voters believe the GOP is out of touch, lacks common sense and is more interested in looking out for special interests than the common good. When voters were asked which party "champions the needs of homeowners, small businesses and average taxpayers" – classic GOP constituencies – Democrats score an astonishing 13 points higher.
•Republicans lead in negative characterizations ("arrogant," "racist," "corrupt," "angry") by double-digit margins. Dems, by contrast, lead by double digits on positive descriptions like "smart," "fair," "innovative" and "party of the future." Perhaps most devastating to the GOP's future, only 14 percent of those polled agreed it was "open and welcoming" – a whopping 33 points lower than the Democrats' rating.

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