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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:

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.

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.

WSJ: On the Campaign Trail, Obama’s Hard to Find

by Emily O'Connor

The Wall Street Journal highlights President Obama’s comparatively quiet role in the 2014 midterm campaigns so far, particularly in Senate races. The Winston Group’s David Winston comments:

David Winston, a Republican strategist, said the White House has a long-term interest in demonstrating that Mr. Obama still has some political capital.

“If there was a sense that he was in a situation where he couldn’t help any Democratic candidate, that’s just not a good setup for his last two years,” Mr. Winston said.

Click here for the full story.

NYT: While Some in G.O.P. See Obama’s Competence as Rich Vein to Mine, Others See Little Reward

by Lisa Mathias

In today’s New York Times, Jackie Calmes writes about competency – or lack thereof – and how that will play into the midterm elections. While voters feel that President Obama is lacking competency, there are conflicting views on whether Republicans also have it. The WG’s David Winston commented:

David Winston, a Republican pollster who advises House leaders, gave his party the edge, but he agreed that the midterm elections were “going to come down to one basic issue: jobs and the economy, and who the voters have more confidence in, in terms of what’s being proposed.”

To read the full article, turn to nytimes.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

Discussion Points: More than Words

by Lisa Mathias

In our second video of our new Discussion Points series, we discuss the importance of having not only a good message, but a good plan to back it up. We also take a look at how President Reagan served as an example of this concept.

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: Pollster: Obama’s ‘You can keep it’ hurts like ‘Read my lips’ hit Bush

by Lisa Mathias

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard recently interviewed The WG’s David Winston to get his opinion on President’s Obama’s claim that “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”

“It’s a real problem,” said Winston, explaining that Obama already suffers from poor approval ratings and is viewed unfavorably by the public.

But it’s a huge opening for the GOP. “This is a big moment,” he said. “We’re in a position where people are open to listening to us.”

To read the full article, turn to washingtonexaminer.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.

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