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No one trusts the GOP

Posted by Bill Nance on December 18, 2008

This just out in an article in the WAPO today:

Just 23 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle the main problems facing the nation, the lowest level reached by either party in surveys dating back to 1982.

A majority, 56 percent, trust the Democrats to handle the nation’s top issues over the next few years, also a record in Post-ABC polling. But the GOP’s recent losses have not translated into big Democratic gains, instead the proportion who trust neither party has climbed to 15 percent.

Trust in the GOP has fallen nine points since May, driven by a 19-point decline among conservatives. Nearly one in five in that group said they trust neither party.

Among independents, nearly twice as many said they trust neither party to cope with the nation’s problems than trust Republicans – 28 percent to 17 percent. Nearly half – 46 percent – have more confidence in the Democrats, down seven points since May.

Republicans last held a significant advantage on this question in 2002.

One of the things I love about reading on-line newspapers is the comments section. It’s amazing how often one sees things that leap out of the page and grab you by the throat in the comments when the article tself is fairly bland.

Today’s selection on this article:

At last, much of the populace finally sees that the Republican Party’s first principles mitigate against the interests of the middle and lower classes. Since Reagan, there has been an unprecedented and enormous shift of wealth from the middle class to the very rich and these policies are intentional. The facts and figures don’t lie.

Additionally, the Republican Party is home to fundamentalists who actually believe Planet Earth is six thousand years old, are against stem cell research which holds such promise for the future treatment of many diseases, believe there is a place with fire where you go when you die if you’re not good and it is ruled by an entity with a red suit and a pitchfork. Never mind what they think is up in the sky.

How can anyone take them seriously?

Bush/Cheney, Sarah Palin and the Theocratic base of the GOP have lost the next generation of voters forever ouside the South. Almost no one now in their 20s will ever vote for the GOP again. And with that, Christianity has also taken a beating. People like James Dobson have done their level best to insure that Christianity is perceived by a mojority of young people as synonymous with hate, intolerance and jingoism.

An entire generation lost. Good going guys, so much for a “permanent Republican majority,”…pfft

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One Response to “No one trusts the GOP”

  1. […] No one trusts the GOP This just out in an article in the WAPO today: Just 23 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said they trust Republicans more than Democrats to handle the main problems facing the nation, the lowest level reached by either party in surveys dating back to 1982. A majority, 56 percent, trust the Democrats to handle the nation’s top issues over the next few years, also a record in Post-ABC polling. But the GOP’s recent losses have not translated into big Democratic gains, instead the proportion who trust neither party has climbed to 15 percent. Trust in the GOP has fallen nine points since May, driven by a 19-point decline among conservatives. Nearly one in five in that group said they trust neither party. Among independents, nearly twice as many said they trust neither party to cope with the nation’s problems than trust Republicans – 28 percent to 17 percent. Nearly half – 46 percent – have more confidence in the Democrats, down seven points since May. Republicans last held a significant advantage on this question in 2002. […]

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