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WP: GOP too focused on Obamacare, some Republicans warn

by Lisa Mathias

Karen Tumulty writes for the Washington Post on how many GOP leaders have focused heavily on debating and repealing the ACA. But the WG’s David Winston feels that it’s not the issue that’s going to win voters:

“While health care is a very important issue, Republicans must focus on what is the overwhelmingly top issue — jobs and the economy, just like they did in 2010 with the question ‘Where are the Jobs?’ ” said David Winston, a pollster who advises House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

In Winston’s view, it is a myth that the last midterm election was swung by voter outrage over Obama’s health-care proposal, which was then being hotly debated in Congress.

To read more, turn to washingtonpost.com.

WSJ: Cantor: Expect 2014 Vote on a GOP Health Law

by Lisa Mathias

The Wall Street Journal reports on the recent GOP conference in which Republican leaders discussed policy proposals. Health care was a major issue discussed at the event. According to the WG’s David Winston, after last year’s government shutdown, the dialogue had a different tone:

“This is a different conference after the shutdown,” said GOP pollster David Winston, who spoke to lawmakers at the retreat. “What happened with the shutdown was that nothing moved forward in the way Republicans would like to see. The only way to move things forward is to make proposals and support them.”

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

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

Politico: For Obamacare, it’s finally showtime

by David Winston

Politico’s David Nather reports on projected outcomes of the beginning of the ACA’s official implementation, which begins today. The WG’s David Winston says that even while there is support for the law, which many continue will grow as it is taken into effect, implications among those with their own health care may have a negative effect on President Obama:

But Republican pollster David Winston, who advises the House GOP leadership, says the administration still faces a big danger from people who believe the law is hurting the quality of their own care — and that Obama won’t be able to regain the credibility he lost with the broken “you can keep your health plan” promise.

Read more: politico.com

National Journal: Obamacare is Costing Democrats the White Women They’ll Need at the Ballot Box

by Lisa Mathias

National Journal has looked at disapproval for Obamacare in terms of demographic group breakdowns, as polls on the health care law are being released to reveal new numbers about where support and opposition lie. They specifically look at blue-collar white women, who may prove to be an important group in terms of the 2014 elections: David Winston provides some insight:

A new poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, for one, found millennials turning away from the law. And some GOP pollsters argue that focusing on the effects of just one group is misguided. “This isn’t just small segments of the electorate; these are huge, broad topics that affect everybody,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster with close ties to the House GOP. “Who isn’t interested in health care?”

To read more: nationaljournal.com

RCP: Health Law Woes Spark Glee – and Caution – for GOP

by Lisa Mathias

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

Politico: Obamacare Wins? See you in 2014

by Lisa Mathias

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

NY Times: Senate Leaders Mull Raising Debt Ceiling in Challenge to House

by Lisa Mathias

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

NRO: Shutting Down a Shutdown

by Lisa Mathias

In Tuesday’s, National Review Online, Robert Costa writes about the divide between House Republicans and the tea-party idea to shut down government if Obamacare isn’t defunded. Costa turned to David Winston for insight on the GOP:

“The electorate expects Congress to govern,” explains pollster David Winston, a longtime adviser to the House leadership. “House Republicans are going to offer their health-care alternatives within that process.”

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