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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:

WSJ: Bipartisanship at Last: Poll Shows a Coalition of the Gloomy

by Lisa Mathias

In Thursdays Wall Street Journal, Janet Hook addresses the pessimism felt by Americans across party lines about the state of the economy and the prospects that it will improve, especially for the next generation. The WG’s David Winston points out what most voters are feeling:

“The economy may be getting slightly better, but the progress is unacceptable,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster who works closely with congressional GOP leaders. “Everybody — Republicans, Democrats and independents — are looking for, ‘What are the solutions?’

“Both parties, instead, are trying to define only why the other candidate is worse,” Mr. Winston said. “That’s unsatisfying discourse for the electorate.”

To read the full article, turn to wsj.com.

LA Times: World crises drown out Obama’s economic message for midterm election

by Lisa Mathias

The Winston Group’s David Winston comments in the July 23rd edition of LA Times on how President Obama’s handling of foreign policy reflects his handling of policies stateside:

The foreign affairs crises are not drowning out the economic message, but rather heightening concerns about his ability to get to successful policy outcomes, which includes the economy.

To read the full article, click to LA Times.com

Politico: The GOP’s confused inequality message

by Lisa Mathias

Politico addresses the issue of inequality in America, specifically the Republican Party’s approach to handling it. The WG’s David Winston explains the economic approach to the issue:

Republican pollster David Winston, who advises the GOP leadership and gave a presentation at the recent House Republican retreat, said Boehner’s critique acknowledges that the growth formula is the one most Republicans are comfortable with: Economic growth creates jobs, which in turn helps people earn more because more businesses have to compete for workers. “When you increase the value of labor by having lots of jobs, that is central to getting back on the right track,” he said.

Read more: politico.com.

Heritage Newspaper: Economy is better, views on Obama’s handling of it worse

by Lisa Mathias

David J. Lynch writes about evidence that the economy is improving, but Americans don’t perceive that these positive changes can be attributed to Obama. There’s evidence in a recent WG poll, as David Winston explains:

By 49 percent to 41 percent, voters now blame “policies of the present” rather than “policies of the past” for their economic problems, a reversal from a year earlier, according to David Winston, a Republican pollster.

To read more, turn to heritage.com.

Washington Examiner: Starting year six, does Obama finally own the economy?

by Lisa Mathias

Washington Examiner’s Byron York takes a look at President Obama’s standing among voters in terms of the economy, and asks the question whether the president is finally handling the economy now that he’s in his sixth year of presidency. The WG’s David Winston posed the question differently in a recent survey:

But Republican pollster David Winston, who works closely with the House GOP leadership, has tried to get at the question another way. The names “Bush” and “Obama” are so politically loaded that people sometimes retreat to party corners at their very mention. So Winston has been asking this instead: “Which is causing more problems in the economy? The policies of the past? Or the policies of the present?”

When Winston asked the question in November 2012, 53 percent of those surveyed said the policies of the past were causing more problems, and 44 percent said the policies of the present.

When Winston asked the same question not too long ago, in November 2013, 41 percent said the policies of the past, and 49 percent said the policies of the present.

To read more, click to washingtonexaminer.com.

“What is causing more problems in the economy?”

by David Winston

Here’s a look at of one of the questions in our latest survey:

To see this and the other results from the November questionnaire, access the PDF of toplines here: November 2013 Survey.

NPR: Obama wants to pivot to immigration reform, but can it work?

by Lisa Mathias

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.

Yahoo News: The poll pols just can’t read: Americans need more jobs

by Lisa Mathias

Walter Shapiro writes for Yahoo News about the one major issue that has been overshadowed by budget and Obamacare debates: jobs. Shapiro states that politicians aren’t paying enough attention to the polls. He turned to the WG’s David Winston for some insight:

The voters get it. “I have done a lot of focus groups in the last few years,” says Republican strategist David Winston, who advises the House and Senate GOP leadership. “And there’s one number that people know — and that’s the unemployment rate. And they’re sophisticated about it. They know that the unemployment rate understates things because of people leaving the workforce.”

To read more:yahoo.com

LA Times: Obama’s plan to avoid lame-duckery

by Lisa Mathias

In Doyle McManus’ latest op-ed for the Los Angeles Times on President Obama’s efforts to win support on his side of the issues, especially from Congressional Republicans. Obama is also working to gain more public support, which the WG’s David Winston says will come from one thing:

As GOP pollster David Winston points out, “What people want to hear is a credible plan for fixing the economy and creating jobs.”

To read more of the op-ed, turn to latimes.com.

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