Monday, April 22, 2013

Republican Voters don't care what their politicians do! They just want power, and to win.

The long standing problem on the “right” has more to do with not holding their own politicians accountable. They would much rather have power and win, than simply be honest and vote the bad ones out. This PPP results in S. Carolina prove that:
The events of the last week haven't hurt Sanford too much with Republicans though- 65% say the trespassing charges don't give them any doubts about him, and his favorability with GOP voters has actually improved from 55/39 a month ago to now 61/32. Jenny Sanford's have gone in the other direction … suggesting that a lot of GOP voters are holding the trespassing allegations against her instead of her ex-husband.
But Republicans might not want to bask in the alternate universe for very long, convincing themselves
and others that gun regulation is way down on the list of the public’s priorities, because it ain’t. 
It's interesting to note that there is some backlash against Republicans over last week's vote on background checks. 86% of voters in the district say they support them to only 12% opposed, and 45% of voters say the GOP's opposition to them makes it less likely they'll support the party in the next election compared to only 21% who consider it a positive.  
The conservative echo chamber at Real Clear Politics is dead set on convincing themselves that the background check debacle won't mean a damn thing in 2014, when they listed these bullet points of "proof:"
1) The trend lines don’t favor supporters of gun control.

2) The issue is a low priority for most voters.

3) The 2014 elections don’t favor supporters of gun control.

4) Voters mostly use shortcuts. 

Finally, we need to remember that most Americans are relatively low-information voters who are unlikely to dig down into the details of policy papers and voting records. What they tend to do instead is use what political scientists call “shortcuts” to fill in a picture of what a candidate believes in. While most voters are unlikely to punish a senator who supports, say, background checks, such support paints a broader picture of that senator as someone who possibly backs broader gun control, or who is liberal, or who supports an administration with mediocre national approval ratings. This is a real problem for proponents, and it isn't likely to change anytime soon.
Keep on believin'.........

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