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April I 2011 Survey

by Lisa Mathias

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WaPo: Can Trump become more than a ‘birther’ candidate?

by Lisa Mathias

The Washington Post recently turned to The WG’s David Winston to comment on Donald Trump’s comments on Obama’s birth origins, and how that will affect his possible run for 2012 candidacy:

“When you’re questioning the legitimacy of a sitting president and you don’t have clear proof to back that up, that’s a pretty serious charge,” said GOP pollster David Winston, echoing the view of many top Republicans who long ago declared the birther issue an irrelevant distraction that could backfire with voters who don’t doubt the president’s citizenship.

“And then to suddenly say, ‘Oh, let’s forget about that. Let’s move on to other things’ — that’s not easy. The topics you raise say a lot about who you’re going to be as president.”

To read the full article, turn to washingtonpost.com

WSJ Washington Wire: Both Sides Launch Ads on Medicare

by Lisa Mathias

Laura Meckler for the Wall St. Journal writes about new Medicare ads that have sprung up recently, with both political sides attacking each other. Meckler points out that voters aren’t so easily swayed, and The WG’s David Winston reaffirms the fact that voters need to hear more to be convinced of either side:

“I think the public is tired of the political discourse and they want to hear some substance going back and forth,” said pollster David Winston, who advises House GOP leaders.

To read the full article, turn to wsj.com

David Winston on ABC’s Topline

by Lisa Mathias

David Winston appeared on today’s Top Line, discussing his views on Democrats’ messaging on Medicare:

“People see through this,” Winston said. “That’s just a political gimmick. They want some real substance discussed here, and they want to hear some real policy debates — not sort of trite political advertising.”

The Fix: Obama’s winning message on taxes?

by Lisa Mathias

The Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza writes in today’s column President Obama’s plans to talk about his debt reduction plan in a few states. The plan has incited debate on what the best actions are in terms of taxes, since Obama’s plan does not include the Bush tax cuts. Cilizza turned to The WG’s David Winston for an explanation as to why Obama will lose on the tax debate:

“People believe increasing taxes hurts economic growth,” said Winston.

Winston added that when the tax debate heats up over the coming months, several facts — the U.S. corporate tax is the highest in the world and ending the Bush tax cuts on those earning $250,000 and above would impact 894,000 small businesses to name two — that aren’t widely known by the public will help Republicans ultimately win the tax debate.

To read the full article, turn to washingtonpost.com

March 2011 Survey

by Lisa Mathias

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