At a time when the Republican Party’s image is at a historic low, 62% of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme….
Republicans are more critical of their party than Democrats are of theirs on most issues. For example, 36% of Republicans say the GOP is out of touch with the American people. Just 23% of Democrats say their party is out of touch. And while 30% of Republicans say their party is not open to change, just 10% of Democrats make the same criticism of their party.
However, Republicans overwhelmingly credit their party for having strong principles; 85% say the GOP has strong principles while 13% say it does not. And 80% of Republicans say their party is looking out for the country’s long-term future.
Among independents, 65 percent say the GOP is out of touch with the American people, and just 39 percent say the party is open to change.
Meanwhile, in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner says that his party will refuse to consider any budget solution that includes increased revenue. “Higher tax rates are not the answers to our problems,” he told the Credit Union National Association. “Spending is the problem, and spending cuts are the solution.”
– Jay Bookman