The Pew Research Center recently polled a thousand Americans on the question: “Is American society divided into two groups, the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’?” 45% said yes, while 52% said no. That is comparable to the balance of opinion in a poll a year ago.
And the most recent Gallup Poll indicates 46% of the respondents favor an unnamed Republican candidate, compared to 38% for Barack Obama for president in 2012. The numbers were reversed in July, with Obama holding a small lead. Among Independents, the gap is 43% for a Republican candidate and 30% for Obama.
Two things to remember. First, a Republican victory will require substantial backing from Independents. That number will change after the G-O-P selects its candidate and Independents make comparisons. Will it go up or down?
Second, remember that the President has an enormous campaign fund, any advantages that come with being the incumbent and considerable ability as a campaigner. The President will also gain from identifying who he is running against.
I think the pressure is on the G-O-P more than ever to choose someone who can win.
Our thought for today is from Paul “Bear” Bryant:
“It’s not the will to win that matters … everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”