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Monday, January 27, 2014

Pew poll finds voters’ assessments of the two US political parties surprisingly accurate

Ted Cruz speaks at values Voters Summit
Washington Post: Democrats hold a sizable advantage on Republicans on several key perceptions of the United States’s two major political parties, according to a new poll.

The Pew Research Center poll show Americans perceive Democrats as more willing to work with the other party than Republicans, by a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent.

Democrats also hold a 20-point advantage when it comes to which party “is more concerned with the needs of people like me” and a 10-point edge when it comes to governing in a more ethical and honest way.

The GOP, meanwhile, is viewed as much more “extreme” in its issue positions (54-35) and more influenced by lobbyists (47-30).

In other words, all five measures favor Democrats by a significant margin.
What’s interesting to me about this is that it demonstrates the complete failure of the “both sides are just as bad” false equivalency narrative that much of the media have been trying to get Americans to buy into. After years of GOP obstructionism, the government shutdown, and the debt limit fiasco, it’s become a tough sell.

You can’t continually vote against the wishes of the people — as the GOP has with immigration, the minimum wage, and unemployment benefits — and expect people to see you as the good guys. And the media is thankfully no help at all in bailing them out. It turns out that their actions speak louder than the media’s words and no amount of spin will bail them out for continually failing the American people.

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