I don’t want to see the United States governed by public opinion polls. On the other hand, any savvy politician ignores these surveys at his own peril.
A recent Associated Press/G-f-k poll indicates 40% of Americans think the Obamacare rollout is a flop. 20% say it’s gone somewhat well and 30% didn’t know what to say.
Another poll by the same service gave President Obama low marks. Respondents say the President is not decisive, strong, honest, reasonable, or inspiring. Four out of five describe Republican lawmakers as unlikable, dishonest, and not compassionate, refreshing, inspiring, or innovative.
The AP-Gfk surveys echo many other recent polls. I agree with much of the opinions on the President and the G-O-P lawmakers. What Republicans need to remember is that Obama’s been elected twice and will not run again. But Republicans will run for office. Voter perception-be-damned would not seem to be an effective vote-gathering strategy.
Republicans need to figure out how to balance strong political beliefs with the need to attract more voters.
Our thought for today is from Garrison Keillor:
“I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.”