In the first of a new series of short, original videos, we decided to look into whether the American electorate has remained ideologically center-right since the last two presidential elections, or whether voters have shifted to the left. We also explain what this means for Republicans as we go into the 2014 election season.
The WG’s Kristen Soltis Anderson writes for today’s The Daily Beast, commenting on recently released job approval numbers for President Obama, as well as some questions that indicate the public’s current standing with him.
In the CBS/NYT poll, fewer than half of Americans said they felt Obama is honest and trustworthy, a decline from the six out of ten Americans who saw the President as honest in September of 2012. The latest CNN poll, released last week, showed 53% of Americans concur that the label “honest and trustworthy” does not apply to Obama. As far back as the start of the month, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that slightly more Americans held a negative view of Barack Obama than held a positive view.
To read more: thedailybeast.com.
Real Clear Politics reports on how the problems with Obamacare are opening up possibilities for Republicans to continue pursuing repeal, but also present a worthy alternative. The WG’s David Winston provides insight:
Republicans hope Friday’s vote will splinter Democrats, who had stayed remarkably united during the GOP’s defunding effort last month. “It’s saying to every Democrat, ‘Did you believe his promise? Or are you going to say that wasn’t the key promise?’” said David Winston, a pollster for the House GOP.
But Winston also said this week’s vote should serve as a predicate for alternative policy. “Ultimately what this has done is given Republicans a real opportunity to lay out their alternative, and the public is willing to listen,” he explained, noting that the president’s likability rating has taken a dip for the first time in his presidency. “The electorate is wanting to hear [the GOP’s] ideas on health care. … The challenge is clearly front and center.”
Read more: realclearpolitics.com
In an opinion piece for Bloomberg, Francis Wilkinson writes about the effect that the troubled rollout of Obamacare has had on the Democratic Party, and what this means for Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, both speculated to be considering running for president in 2016. The WG’s David Winston comments:
David Winston, a top strategist for Republican House leaders, had a similar reply: “Not sure I see that at this point,” he wrote in an e-mail. “What is the choice being defined if it were Clinton versus Warren? Is that a choice that splits the moderates and the left because it is seen [as] a fundamental difference? Right now the Democrat challenge in setting things up for either [candidate] – is the struggling economy, and the management of the implementation of the ACA.”
To read the full article, turn to bloomberg.com
In today’s AP, Jennifer Agiesta and Julie Pace write about President Obama’s falling approval ratings. They turned to the WG’s David Winston for some insight:
“It’s a slow cumulative effect,” Republican pollster David Winston said, adding that personal favorability “is a much harder number to move if it starts to go south.”
To read more: apnews.com
NPR’s Mara Liasson recently reported on immigration as a rising issue, amid continuing debate over the Obamacare website and the budget. While President Obama shifts focus onto immigration, the WG’s David Winston states that his priorities need to be shifted elsewhere:
DAVID WINSTON: A lot of our members are hearing, tell me what you’re doing in terms of the economy first. Give me a clear picture of where that’s going to go. And the president, to some degree, wants to go to his priority as opposed to where the country’s really at at this point.
To listen to the full story and read a transcript, turn to npr.org.
With the government shutdown over and the Obamacare website now live, Washington debates center around the site’s inability to operate properly as promised. David Nather writes that the issue is becoming one that could define the 2013 elections. David Winston comments:
“The challenge for Republicans is to make this a policy fight, not a political fight,” said David Winston, a top Republican pollster who advises the House GOP leadership. “It’s incumbent upon Republicans to come up with an alternative. For most people, going back to where we were is not an option.”
Read more: politico.com
In the latest news on the on-going government shutdown, the New York Times reports on the continued back-and-forth disagreements between House Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama. But the WG’s David Winston doesn’t think that either side knows how the debate will end:
But David Winston, a Republican pollster close to Mr. Boehner, said Mr. Obama’s stance was likely to prove unpopular as well. “Anyone who says he knows how this is going to turn out doesn’t know,” Mr. Winston said. “We are in a very unsettled time.”
To read more: nytimes.com
Politico’s Alex Isenstadt writes about how the current government shutdown may not be a reason for some Republican lawmakers to worry about losing their jobs, mainly due to being from districts in which voters won’t vote them out. The WG’s David Winston provided some insight:
“Is redistricting a big deal in the sense that there is a greater threat from a primary than a general election? The answer to that is yes,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster and adviser to Boehner. “It’s clearly an element.”
Read more: politico.com
Jonathan Strong writes for the National Review about the looming threat of a government shutdown, and turns to The WG’s David Winston for insight:
David Winston, a pollster for House Republicans, explained that Obama’s position is as dangerous to him as shutting the government down is to the GOP.
“When the president stands up and says ‘I will not negotiate,’ that’s not particularly tenable either. . . . People look at the debt ceiling as, ‘If we’re that broke, why are we asking to be able to put more money on the credit card?’” he told me.
To read more: nationalreview.com