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63% of Republicans polled believe that Republicans in Congress are out of touch

Posted by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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63% of Republicans polled believe that Republicans in Congress are out of touch

In a telephone survey people were asked the following question:

Over the past several years, have Republicans in Congress done a good job of representing Republican values? Or have Republicans in Congress lost touch with Republican voters from throughout the nation?

The American public was not shy about expressing their dissatisfaction, and approximately 630 out of 1,000 respondents said that Republicans had lost touch with representing what it means to be a Republican.

This poll should be viewed as a stark warning to Republicans. Unless they soon alter their ways and mend fences with the public the election night for the 2014 Midterms is certain to be a long and lonely evening.

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Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Here's the actual survey:

National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted January 13-14, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports

1* Over the past several years, have Republicans in Congress done a good job of representing Republican values? Or have Republicans in Congress lost touch with Republican voters from throughout the nation?

2* Over the past several years, have Democrats in Congress done a good job of representing Democratic values? Or have Democrats in Congress lost touch with Democratic voters from throughout the nation?

3* Does the Republican Party have a plan for where it wants to take the nation?

4* Does the Democratic Party have a plan for where it wants to take the nation?

5* Is it fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error,  3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence


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Data for Rasmussen Reports survey research is collected using an automated polling methodology. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

Generally speaking, the automated survey process is identical to that of traditional, operator-assisted research firms such as Gallup, Harris, and Roper. However, automated polling systems use a single, digitally-recorded, voice to conduct the interview while traditional firms rely on phone banks, boiler rooms, and operator-assisted technology.

For tracking surveys such as the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll or the Rasmussen Consumer Index, the automated technology insures that every respondent hears exactly the same question, from the exact same voice, asked with the exact same inflection every single time.

All Rasmussen Reports' survey questions are digitally recorded and fed to a calling program that determines question order, branching options, and other factors. Calls are placed to randomly-selected phone numbers through a process that insures appropriate geographic representation. Typically, calls are placed from 5 pm to 9 pm local time during the week. Saturday calls are made from 11 am to 6 pm local time and Sunday calls from 1 pm to 9 pm local time.

To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from  a demographically diverse panel.

After the surveys are completed, the raw data is processed through a weighting program to insure that the sample reflects the overall population in terms of age, race, gender, political party, and other factors. The processing step is required because different segments of the population answer the phone in different ways. For example, women answer the phone more than men, older people are home more and answer more than younger people, and rural residents typically answer the phone more frequently than urban residents.

For surveys of all adults, the population targets are determined by census bureau data.

For political surveys, census bureau data provides a starting point and a series of screening questions are used to determine likely voters. The questions involve voting history, interest in the current campaign, and likely voting intentions.

Rasmussen Reports determines its partisan weighting targets through a dynamic weighting system that takes into account the state’s voting history, national trends, and recent polling in a particular state or geographic area.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Yes, they are

TCgirlatheart
by TC on Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:48 AM
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I would think there are many in congress, from all parties, that their constituents feel are out of touch.
This is a bipartisan feeling.
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mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Hopefully 2014 will be a good year and we will get some much needed turn-over in congress. We need to oust the Tea Party obstructionists once and for all and send a message that their intolerance and hate will not be tolerated by mainstream America.

Kmary
by Bronze Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Anecdotally, I find this to be true as well.  I'm not a Republican, but have a surprisingly large number of right-leaning young(ish) friends and every last one of them is pretty disgusted and disheartened with the state of their party.  There is a lot of head shaking and face palming at the antics of the GOP. 

But did  the study actually say they were surprised?  I guess this is solid proof of the "out of touch" part.

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