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August 2012 Survey

by Lisa Mathias

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At the Races: Focus on Economy or Broaden the Message? GOP Poll Has Clues

by Lisa Mathias

Roll Call’s David Drucker wrote about our recent survey with American Action Network that addressed voters’ views on the economy and Medicare. Drucker says that the polls results show what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should address in the next months up to the election:

The survey’s findings suggest that relentlessly focusing on the economy and jobs gives the Republican presidential ticket its best opportunity to capture independent voters and deflect the central attack being leveled by Obama. However, selecting House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate and going on the attack on Medicare has also proved valuable for the GOP, according to a comparison of political messages tested by Winston in this poll.

To read the full post, check out At the Races.

US News: Let Ron Paul Speak at the Republican National Convention

by David Winston

In today’s “Debate Club” at US News and World Report, I had a chance to argue that the GOP has many reasons — both practical and ethical — to give Ron Paul a speaking role at next week’s convention.


Few members of Congress have had as profound an influence on the direction of the party in recent years as Paul. He has been challenging Congress’s authority to pass measures (and voting against those not explicitly authorized in our founding documents) since before it was fashionable to quote from the Constitution on the House floor. He helped raise the profile of the national debt, bringing attention to the country’s tenuous fiscal standing and inspiring his colleagues to make balancing the budget an election-year rallying cry. His single-minded focus on the proper role of the state guided Republicans back to the limited-government fold after the Bush years sent them wandering. And he’s retiring in January of next year.


To read more, visit the US News website here.

Kristen Soltis on The O’Reilly Factor, 08/16/12

by Lisa Mathias

The Winston Group’s Vice-President and adviser to Crossroads Generation Kristen Soltis appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor, to discuss swing state polling alongside pollster Margie Omero. Check out the video below: