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by Lisa Mathias

DesMoines Register: Obama revels in triumph, braces for a new fight

by Lisa Mathias

Thomas Beaumont writes in today’s Register about President Obama’s trip to Iowa, as well as his speech given to help gain support for the recently-signed law. Although Obama keeps his eye on health care, Beaumont turns to David Winston for insight into what the more pressing matter is:

“I’m sure he would like us to spend all our time on health care, but we’re not going to do that,” said Winston, a longtime adviser to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
“The No. 1 issue in the country is jobs and the economy, and I’m sure he’d love Republicans to take their eye off that,” Winston said.

Read the full story at desmoinesregister.com

March 2010 Survey

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The Columbus Dispatch:Democrats the targets after health-care vote

by Lisa Mathias

Jonathon Riskind writes about the GOP’s reaction to Sunday’s health care vote, as Republicans express their expectancy for Democrats to lose their seats in November. Riskind turned to The WG’s David Winston for some insight on why Democrats should feel weary about voting for the bill:

However, David Winston, a GOP pollster in Washington, contends that for Democrats in moderate, swing districts such as Kilroy, Driehaus and Boccieri, the health-care bill does mean trouble, in part because of the overall political climate.

“You voted for a package people didn’t want and, two, you didn’t focus on the issue they really care about, which is jobs,” he said.

To read more, click to dispatchpolitics.com

LA Times: After healthcare vote, Democrats turn to damage control

by Lisa Mathias

In an LA Times article released today, Mark Barabak explains what happens next, now that “Obamacare” is poised to join the ranks of once-hotly debated but eventually accepted legislation. The Winston Group’s David Winston reacts to the health care vote passed in the House this Sunday night:

“Their choice was to pass bad legislation or prove they’re incapable of governing,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster who works closely with the party’s House and Senate leadership. Moreover, he said, the effort was off point; by far the greatest concern of most voters is the nation’s stubbornly high unemployment rate.

To read more, go to latimes.com

Politico: GOP casts Pelosi as health care villain

by Lisa Mathias

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt’s piece details efforts to place Nancy Pelosi as the sole face of health care reform, among reports of her low favorability numbers with voters. This push comes expected before this year’s elections in November, in which Pelosi’s future as speaker seems vulnerable. The Winston Group’s own David Winston comments:

“Obama’s not on the ballot, but Pelosi’s role as Speaker is,” said GOP pollster David Winston. “She’s up.”

Read more: politico.com

Washington Examiner: The White House’s phony case for its health plan

by Lisa Mathias

Byron York debunks the notion coming from the White House that voters are supportive of all elements of Democrats’ health care plan. David Winston provides some insight into the kind of “truths” that some polls provide:

“The way some of the polls have worked is that they cherry-pick the positive items and leave the negative items out, which creates what I would call a false positive,” says David Winston a Republican pollster.

Read more on washingtonexaminer.com

October 2009 Survey

by Lisa Mathias

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July 2009 Survey

by Lisa Mathias

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