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Word Most Associated With GOP Is ‘Inflexible’

From Gallup:

Americans’ Top Critique of GOP: "Unwilling to Compromise"

Democrats criticized for spending too much

By Lydia Saad | April 1, 2013

PRINCETON, NJ — As Republican leaders openly scrutinize their party after a 2012 election that was disappointing for them, rank-and-file Republicans, independents, and Democrats voice the same primary criticism of the GOP: it is "too inflexible" or "unwilling to compromise."

When asked to say what they most dislike about the Republican Party, 26% of Republicans, 17% of independents, and 22% of Democrats offer this critique — leading all other mentions.

If only the Republicans would compromise and raise taxes again, we might not be suffering the current apocalypse known as the sequester. (And never mind that the Republicans did just compromise, and vote to raise taxes for the first time in twenty years.)

If only the Republicans would compromise and agree to the Democrats budget, and raise taxes yet again and increase spending. And, of course, they should just throw in the towel on gun control, same sex marriage and amnesty.

These results come from a March 20-21 Gallup poll asking Americans to name, in their own words, one or two things they like about each of the two major parties and, separately, one or two things they dislike.

So, actually, this is not a poll but a sort of ‘word association’ game. Which, surprise surprise, turns out to echo what the news media and the culture have been saying about each party.

Among Republicans, the criticism that their party is too rigid in its approach is partially offset by the views of a sizable minority, 14%, who say the Republican Party gives in too easily or doesn’t stand up for its positions. Relatedly, 6% say the party is dishonest or inconsistent in its positions.

Seven percent of Republicans mention that they dislike their party’s choice of candidates and/or leaders, echoing a public critique of the GOP recently advanced by Karl Rove, former political adviser to George W. Bush…

In terms of policy positions, the top criticism Republicans level at the GOP is that it supports too much government spending that increased the budget deficit, named by 4%. The top knock on Republicans by Democrats (20%) and independents (10%) is what they call the Republicans’ focus on the rich or protecting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Actually, these numbers are pretty pathetic, given the billions the DNC and the news media have spent promulgating class warfare.

Other issue-based critiques of the GOP named by at least 3% of Democrats include its positions on social issues (8%), abortion (6%), immigration (4%), favoring big business (4%), and gay marriage (3%). An additional 4% cite the influence of religion on the party and 3% say it is too conservative. By contrast, in addition to spending, the only policy-oriented criticism that as many as 3% of Republicans level at their own party is its broad position on social issues (3%).

So the so-called ‘social issues’ aren’t really hurting the Republican Party much at all.

Democratic President Barack Obama’s victory in November largely ratified the Democratic Party’s brand and approach to reaching out to voters, and that seems to be reflected in the high proportion of Democrats — 51% — who say there isn’t anything they dislike about their party or who offer no opinion. This contrasts with 33% of Republicans who can’t think of anything to criticize in their own party…

Perhaps it shows that Democrats are more sheep-like and uninformed.

Still, that leaves roughly half of Democrats who name something. The most common responses are that their party supports spending too much/increasing the deficit (10%), poor leadership (6%), and putting too much emphasis on government entitlements (6%)…

In other words, they are against everything that Obama and the Democrat Party currently stand for.

Caring about the middle or working class emerges as the top thing Democrats and independents — as well as Republicans, to a far lesser degree — cite as what they like about the Democratic Party.

What a laugh. But notice that we aren’t told any numbers.

Relatively large segments of Democrats also mention the party’s inclusiveness and acceptance of diversity (9%), its support for social programs (8%), and its stances on abortion (7%), healthcare (6%), gay rights (4%), job creation (4%), the economy (4%), immigration (3%), gun control (3%), equal rights (3%), and taxes (3%)…

Gay rights and abortion and amnesty and gun control get such low number of mentions? We thought those issues were the most important in the world.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Word Most Associated With GOP Is ‘Inflexible’”

  1. artboyusa

    “Inflexible”? Try “loser”, that’s what we’re good at.

  2. Beat me to it. I went with Old. Maybe Decrepit

  3. BRAINWASHING
    How many times have you uttered, “Oh that may not be politically correct.” Or, “I don’t want to offend anybody but….” —YOU ARE SO BRAINWASHED, YOU ARE SELF-SENSORING YOUR OWN MIND! Say what you want, and then when someone tries to correct you, you immediately call them a fascist, and train them that thought-police tactics will not be allowed. Berate them for trying to control your speech.

    These people know what they are doing. They know if they teach certain vocabulary during K-12, then again in college (positive reinforcement with A’s), then in the workplace as “diversity seminars” (people not risking getting fired), again on t.v., in magazines, in movies they can get automatic responses from the population, from just a single word. It’s called CONDITIONING. Pavlov did that with his dog.

    Look at these words used by our media. What reactions do they want from them?
    *Diversity
    *Multiculturalism
    *Racism
    *Tea Party
    *Diversity is our greatest strength!
    *Deep South
    *Semi-automatic
    *Pistol Whipped
    *Civil Rights
    *Pro-Choice
    *Neo-Con
    *Halliburton
    *Big Business
    *The Rich
    *George Bush
    *Gay Rights
    *Christopher Columbus

    If you can’t win the argument on logic, change the logic. Change the facts, play word-association with vocabulary to get an automatic negative or positive reaction, AND THEN what ever is said before or after that makes no difference what-so-ever. Do tests with the population, a la Joseph Goebbles, and find out what people are more likely to be influenced, what time of day? What vocabulary do they react positively the most? Negative? Then in every speech, use that vocabulary targeted to women, men, college students, old people, blacks. YOU DON’T THINK DEMOCRATS DO THIS ALREADY? Puh!

    Michelle Obama, during Barak’s famous “I’m a little lazy” response, she said her pet-peeve is “those that don’t compromise.” A completely set up question, with pre-written answers, just like the CNN debates!

    Again, the G.O.P. is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO far behind the democrats, in propaganda, strategy, winning the narrative, you start to understand WHY I DIDN’T VOTE FOR McCain or Romney, the old school dinosaurs who insist on waiting for democrats to lead, then just be dragged along for the ride. The Republican church mice that are easily whipped into line whenever the liberals say ‘jump.’ –Quick to grovel and apologize so conditionally well, they don’t even have to wait for the media to lean on them, they do it all by themselves.

    The democrats had decades to psychologically condition the population, meanwhile the McCaininites still think the democrats are essentially good. (shudder)

  4. Petronius

    Words I associate with GOP :

    cowardly
    castrated
    caponized
    masochistic
    naive
    clueless
    obsequious
    meaningless
    irrelevant
    inert
    “an easy tool, deferential, glad to be of use, politic, cautious, and meticulous, full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse . . . Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?” Yes, that’s my Republican.

    (Of course there are a few exceptions, such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.)


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