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WashPo: “Obama will give State of Union address against backdrop of deep partisan divide”

by Emily O'Connor

In the Washington Post, the WG’s David Winston discusses President Obama’s actions since the 2014 midterm elections, just before the 2015 State of the Union address:

“Given how poorly the election went for them, they need to find some way to derive a narrative,” David Winston, president of the Winston Group, a conservative consulting firm, said of the White House. On the president’s executive actions, he added, “There’s only so many he can do. . . . Ultimately, they have to figure out as a White House how to actually interact and get things done at a national level.”

Read rest of the story here.

Washington Examiner: “Obama’s leftward lurch poisons hope for consensus”

by Emily O'Connor

Ahead of the 2015 State of the Union address, the WG’s David Winston tells the Washington Examiner what he’ll be looking for, and how voters’ feelings about the role of government have changed:

“I’ll be looking at the State of the Union address to see if [Obama] understood what happened in the last election or whether he just ignores it,” said David Winston, a veteran GOP pollster. “When a party ignores when the American people have spoken, it’s usually a dangerous moment for that party.”

Winston cited exit polls in the last four elections since 2008 when Obama was voted in office. When it comes to whether government should do more or less to solve the nation’s problems, Winston’s polls show a sharp swing against government solutions since Obama was first elected.

In 2008, amid a real estate correction that threatened large financial institutions, 51 percent of those surveyed said they believed government should do more to solve the country’s problems. In 2010, that number shrank to 38 percent. Support for more government intervention in markets was 44 percent in 2012 and 41 percent in 2014.

Read the rest of the story here.

Washington Examiner: “Survey: Hillary Clinton too liberal for most voters”

by Emily O'Connor

This week, a finding from the Winston Group’s post-election survey was featured in the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” column –

Ideological Spectrum - 2014

 

Pollster David Winston provided Secrets with his latest analysis that included his trademark political sliding scale that for the first time tested the public’s opinion of Clinton’s political pulse.

He found that on a scale of 1 for liberal to 9 for conservative, voters put Clinton at 3.6, to the left of the House Democratic Caucus and just shy of Obama’s 3.37, the most liberal on the chart. Voters put themselves at a right-of-center 5.79, a yawning 2 points away from Clinton…

“Looking at 2016, the ideological spectrum should [be] concerning for Democrats, especially the likely front-runner Hillary Clinton. The good news for her is voters put her to the right of President Obama. The bad news for her is voters put her significantly to the left of where they put themselves ideologically,” Winston said.

Read the whole story here, or take a look at everything else we covered in our post-election analysis.

“Fix It” – An Analysis of the 2014 Midterm Elections

by Emily O'Connor

 

In the 2014 midterm elections, what did voters tell Washington? “Fix it.”

Read through our in-depth analysis to find out more about what voters want, who comprised the 2014 electorate, and what challenges and opportunities are ahead for both parties.

Access the PDF here.

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Politico: Young Guns vs. Gavels

by Emily O'Connor

In Politico’s special report discussing the future of the Republican-controlled Senate and issues for each committee, the WG’s David Winston comments on the overall direction the Senate will take:

“I think the hope is that things move forward,” said the veteran Republican pollster David Winston. “For a whole lot of reasons, there’s going to be a focus on jobs and the economy, and then after that there will be an assessment of what’s achievable and what’s not.”

Read more at Politico.

Politico: In Politics, 40 is the New 50

by Emily O'Connor

Politico’s Maggie Haberman explores the trend of lowering approval ratings among winning political candidates. The WG’s David Winston explains how these candidates, some with ratings in the mid to low forties, are now electable:

“I think what you’re seeing is a reflection of the campaigns … when you’re not doing anything to improve your own personal standing and it’s all about how bad the other person is, then it’s not a race about who has the highest favorables, but it’s a race about who has the highest negatives,” said Republican pollster David Winston.

Read the rest at Politico.

The Diane Rehm Show: What to Expect from a Republican-Controlled Congress

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston was a guest on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss what President Obama and a Republican Congress can hope to accomplish in the next two years. You can listen to the whole radio show here or read some of his comments below:

Newsweek: Obama and the Next 24 Months

by Emily O'Connor

In a Newsweek piece examining Obama’s approval ratings in light of past presidents’ 6th years, the WG’s David Winston comments on why Americans are dissatisfied with Washington:

The key is movement. “The public sees a lack of progress on any issue,” says Republican pollster David Winston, noting that the coincidence of the ISIS and Ebola and Ukraine crises were perceived by Americans as yet more examples of Washington not “solving anything and mounting frustration.”

To read more, click here.

Bloomberg View: How to Waste Money and Annoy Voters

by Emily O'Connor

In Francis Wilkinson’s editorial from Bloomberg View, the WG’s David Winston comments on whether the abundance of political advertising in the 2014 midterm elections has reached a saturation point:

“It depends,” said Republican strategist David Winston. “If it is a new topic or idea people will listen. If it’s just a variation on a familiar theme, then less so as they have already heard it. Hearing a point the 96th time is not likely to generate a different reaction than when it was heard the 73rd time.”

For the rest of the piece, click here.

WaPo: What Republicans plan to do to demolish Obama’s legacy if they win the Senate

by Emily O'Connor

In the Washington Post, the WG’s David Winston emphasizes the importance of Republicans using the next two years to define new ideas, not just oppose the president’s:

“Is the purpose to define the direction of the country or to oppose Obama over his last two years?” says David Winston, a Republican pollster and consultant. “We’re seeing a growing consensus that if things are going to work out in the long run — and in 2016 — it has to be about defining a direction.”

Even now before the outcome of the mid-term elections, Winston said that the most important thing is to look toward the 2016 election.

“The one definitive thing you can say is that in 2016 there will be a new president,” he said. “As we look at the last two years of the Obama presidency, the challenge is really defining where the country goes in a post-Obama environment.”

For the rest of the story, head to www.washingtonpost.com.

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