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July II 2010 Survey

by Lisa Mathias

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Washington Post: GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes

by Lisa Mathias

Perry Bacon writes in today’s Washington Post about Republicans’ confidence in winning seats in November, and continuing opposition to Democratic initiatives. The Winston Group’s David Winston states that Democrats aren’t focused enough on the most important issues at hand:

Congressional Democrats and the White House “are trying to deal with these other issues when there is only one issue in the room: jobs and the economy,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster.

To read more, click to washingtonpost.com

The Hill: “GOP to focus on policy, not Pelosi”

by Lisa Mathias

The Hill features David Winston today in an article outlining the approach Republicans need to take in order to win seats this November. Republicans are trying to separate themselves from Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat followers, but David points out that the GOP needs to do more than just that, by showing the policy plans they will implement after the elections:

“Part of the dynamic here is the way President Obama and congressional Democrats govern ha[s] opened this door wide open for Republicans, but the public at this point isn’t just simply saying, ‘Look at how bad [Democrats] are.’ They want to know what you’re going to do — why should they vote for you?”

To read more, turn to thehill.com

Pew Research Center: Voters Rate Political Parties’ Ideologies

by Lisa Mathias

The Pew Research Center for The People and The Press recently released the results of a study mapping out voters’ opinions on political ideologies. The study confirms that most voters are center-right in ideology. The study also outlines voters’ views on opposing political parties, as well as insight into what voters believe about the Tea Party.

To read the report and check out Pew’s methodology and toplines, go to pewresearch.org

Washington Post: Republicans divided on the importance of an agenda for midterm elections

by Lisa Mathias

WaPo released an article over the weekend by Karen Tumulty and Paul Kane, describing different approaches from Republicans on taking back the House. Some strategists are going for an attack plan, but others like David Winston say that a plan needs to be included in the GOP’s message to voters:

“What’s our plan to create jobs and grow the economy?” said GOP pollster David Winston, who is advising the House Republican leadership on the effort. “That’s really what we have to address. We need command focus.”

To read more, turn to washingtonpost.com

Washington Post: Rep. Connolly, rival Fimian quarrel over financial overhaul

by Lisa Mathias

The Winston Group’s David Winston comments in Monday’s Washington Post on why Wall Street reform is not exactly a hot button issue among voters, particularly those in Virginia’s 11th district, where rep. Gerald E. Connolly and Keith Fimian are fighting for the congressional seat.

” ‘What is this going to do to grow the economy and create jobs?’ ” Winston said voters would ask. “If everybody’s going to point fingers at each other, that’s not what people want to hear.”

To read the full article, click to washingtonpost.com

The Right Idea, Ep. 42: Golf, Angry Voters, Brown and Apple

by Lisa Mathias

This week, Kristen chats with Alex Lundry from Target Point and Kevin Madden from Dyke & Associates about the “Golf or Gulf” website, constituents breaking away from Democrats, Scott Brown’s backing of the financial reform bill, the word “liberal,” and the Apple fans.

LA Times: A post-November congressional outlook: partisan gridlock

by Lisa Mathias

Doyle McManus featured David Winston in his July 11th column in the LA Times, writing about how the GOP’s potential success in the House may be a difficult one to reach, since Republicans have yet to settle on a unifying message. David explains why they are currently doing well in terms of public opinion:

Winston argues that the GOP should articulate a specific plan, but he also cautions against putting too much into it.

“One of the reason the door has opened for Republicans is that President Obama has focused on so many other things,” he added. “If you create an 87-point agenda, you’re making the same mistake.”

To read more, click to latimes.com

July I 2010 Survey

by Lisa Mathias

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TRI Ep. 41: Steele, Jobs, Polling (and Pulp Fiction)

by Lisa Mathias

Kristen chats with The Washington Examiner’s JP Freire and Slate’s Chris Beam about GOP Chairman Michael Steele’s recent controversial comments on Afghanistan, as well the latest in unemployment reports and DailyKos’ lawsuit with Research 2000 over polling data.

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