In a February 2013 poll by Rasmussen Reports, 52% of Americans said that the GOP is “out of touch” and “too extreme.” A 1.1 million majority of Americans voted for Democrats in 2012’s congressional races, yet the Republicans “won” 12 out of 16 seats and control the House with a disproportionate 234 seats to the Democrats’ 201 seats. Thanks to gerrymandering, and the Republican National Committee’s REDMAPs strategy, Republicans in 2012’s congressional races lost the popular vote by 1.4 million, but still “won” the House. Yet all the gerrymandering and voter suppression in the world won’t help the GOP’s demographics problem, because the old and angry white male population is slowly but surely decreasing. After all, women simply aren’t giving birth to enough old and angry white men. Plus, most Americans disagree with Republicans on today’s hot-button issues. No wonder the GOP wants to bar women from using birth control.
1. Marriage equality: The Republican party platform opposes marriage equality, even though most of us support it. November 2012 CBS News poll found 51% support marriage equality. Huffpo’s Religion News Service adds that LifeWay Research — a Nashville, TN polling firm with ties to the Southern Baptist Conference — found that 64% (2/3rds) of respondents see same sex marriage as “inevitable” regardless of whether they’re personally onboard with it.
2. A woman’s right to choose: The GOP wants the government’s hands out of our wallets, but not out of women’s … um … reproductive health issues. On top of this, many conservatives oppose birth control. A January 2013 poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal found that seven out of 10 Americans oppose overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision confirming a woman’s right to privacy when it comes to her reproductive health and right to choose, as per the 14th Amendment. A May 2012 Gallup poll found that 89% of Americans — including 82% of Catholics — believe that birth control is morally acceptable.
3. Immigration: The GOP’s anti-immigration stance has not endeared them to Latinos, Asians, or Anglos. A December 2012 Fox News poll found that 66% of registered voters believe that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay here, and “eventually qualify for citizenship as long as they learned English, paid back taxes and passed background checks.”
4. Gun safety: A February Pew/USA Today poll reveals that 83% of Americans want background checks for people buying guns; 56% want to ban “assault-style weapons;” and 53% want to ban high-capacity magazines. Views on gun safety strongly divide along party lines: 75% of Democrats support gun safety measures, and 75% of Republicans are against them.
5. Climate change: USA Today reported in January that 54% of Americans now believe that global warming is caused by human activity; 50% think it’s “definitely” occurring, and 34% think it’s “probably” occurring; and 64% “strongly” or “somewhat” support limiting greenhouse gas emissions and want utilities to pursue “clean energy” options. Every reputable scientist in the world agrees that climate change is real, and Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, chief of U.S. armed forces in the Pacific, views climate change as our biggest long-term security threat. Yet, according to Harper Magazine’s 2012 “Yearly Index,” more Republicans believe in demonic possession (68%) than in climate change (48%).
6. The economy: 72% of voters think the economy is the most important issue we face today (as of January), and those who trust Democrats more than Republicans on economic issues — long regarded as a GOP stronghold — have increased to 47% (February) according to Rasmussen Reports. A February 22nd poll from Pew Research Center showed that, despite agreeing in principle that we need to cut government spending, Americans oppose almost every single specific budget cut, with the exception of foreign aid and farm subsidies. Unfortunately, foreign aid only makes up 1% of U.S. government expenditures, and farm subsidies are so deeply embedded in our system, culture, and tax code that slashing them would be next to impossible.
7. The sequester: A March 15th ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that an overwhelming majority of 64% believe the sequester will hurt the economy — including 67% of Democrats, 65% of Independents, and 59% of Republicans. Although the majority of Americans — including 67% of our “high net worth” individuals — believe that the wealthy are not contributing their fair share and should pay more, House Speaker John Boehner and his fellow Republicans in Congress refuse to even consider raising their taxes.
8. Earned benefits: A January survey conducted by The Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 58% of Americans support Social Security and Medicare and want no cuts made to these programs — though a slender 51% majority are okay with raising the eligibility age. Yet Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) wants to slash these programs.
9. Education: In the above survey, 61% opposed any cuts to education spending, which was similar to a Marist McClatchy poll that showed 65% of respondents would rather raise taxes than cut back on education. Yet the Republicans keep attacking public education — particularly programs for preschoolers — and keep trying to shove sub-standard religious education down people’s throats and get U.S. tax dollars to pay for it.
10. Obamacare: A June 2012 poll by Reuters (as reported by Think Progress) found that although 56% of Americans said they opposed the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, closer questioning revealed strong support for Obamacare’s key provisions: 61% want young adults to be able to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26; 72% agree that companies with more than 50 employees should be required to provide health coverage for their workers; and 82% want to prohibit health insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. By the time Election Day rolled around, ABC News reported that only 33% of Americans wanted the law repealed.
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