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GOP Has Lost Seniors: 65% Unfavorability

Posted by on Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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In just one year, the unfavorability ratings of the GOP have risen an astounding 19% to 65% with the 65+ age bracket, the Americans most likely to vote in mid-term elections. Ongoing efforts by Paul Ryan and the GOP to cut Social Security and Medicare will cement this landslide shift in how seniors view the GOP. Moreover, GOP support from college educated whites has collapsed. Seventy percent of college educated whites, a solid voting block in off-year elections views the GOP unfavorably, up 21% in 13 months.

The government shut down has been worse than New Coke for the GOP's brand.

GOP gerrymandering, which has given extreme right wing rural districts control of the Republican party, is destroying the Republican party from within. Citizens United, which has given extreme right wing billionaires control of the Republican party is backfiring on the right-wing supreme court justices. Over 80% of Americans think the shut down hurt the economy and the GOP takes the lion's share of the blame.

The government shut down may trigger the collapse of the Republican Party as a national party.

From Greg Sargent re:WaPo/ABC poll internals:

the GOP’s unfavorable ratings have jumped 19 points among seniors, to 65 percent; 17 points among independents, to 67 percent; and 10 points among women, to 63 percent. Those are all key constituencies in midterm elections.

Observers believe that over the long term, the GOP will have to do a better job winning over college educated whites, who are an increasingly important constituency, along with young voters and minorities, in the Democratic coalition of the future. (Ron Brownstein has dubbed these groups the “coalition of the ascendant,” arguing they are increasingly important in statewide races, not just national ones.)

Among white collar whites, the GOP’s unfavorability rating has shot up by a startling 21 points, to 70 percent. Among college educated women – who may be more critical to the Dem coalition than college educated men – the spike in GOP unfavorability has been somewhat more dramatic than among women overall, jumping 15 points, to 74 percent. If this trend continues, it could fuel future Dem gains among women.

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susan115
by on Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Celestial, this is a silly article, written by an man-child.  Do children and teenager's like adults?  NO, they WANT their way, same with people.  Republicans are the adult in the room and people like you can't handle it, because you live in a touchy, feely, kinda world.

Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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They lost seniors because they didn't do the job they were elected to do. They caved on Ocare, on veterans affairs, on illegals, on pensions, on medicare, and just about everything else. That's ok, elections will roll around again.

I do look forward to watching the skeletons in the Senate deal with a whole crop of 'newbies' ~ particularly if they are as fired up as those 17 in the TP have been. Just thinking about it makes me smile.

JanuaryBaby06
by on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM

IMO if the Republican Party goes under it will be replaced by more of the same. If it goes under now the Libertarans will become a Major player. Conservatives will always have a major party as will Progressies.... its part of our balance without either one... well, that would not be good for any of us in the long run. They keep eachother in check.

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 11:39 PM
All the gerrymandering I have seen favor democrats, not "extreme right wing Republicans".
As seniors continue to see Medicare gutted to pay for the disastrous Obamacare, I think the true polling among that demographic will be apparent.
Your sources of news make me laugh!
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grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Nov. 1, 2013 at 2:22 AM
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We're not worried.  When the full force of Obamacare kicks in 2014, seniors will be running to their polls to vote dems out in droves.  By then they will be waking up to the fact that Obama stole $715B from their care. 

1. Thousands of Drs will be dropping their medicare patients, as their fee reimbursement is being frozen at the ridiculously low rate they now get for years to come.  Specialists are getting their fees cut 50%.

2.  Most drs aren't taking on new medicare patients now.

3.  Tens of thousands of drs in the Medicare Advantage program (it's an HMO type program) are being dropped by insurance companies.  "If you like your dr, you can keep your dr".  No you can't, because he's no longer a part of MA.  This is just the first step to eliminating MA.

4.  It will be hard to get admitted to a hospital in an emergency, as hospitals will be paid a bonus if they keep the number of medicare patients low.  They also will be penalized (fined) if they re-admit a Medicare patient within 30 days.

When all of this hits home with seniors, they will gladly vote out the dems.

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