PEW Research Center: GOP seen as Principled but too Extreme
March 1st, 2013
GOP seen as Principled but too Extreme
At a time when the Republican Party’s image is at an historic low, 62% of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.Opinions about the Democratic Party are mixed, but the party is viewed more positively than the GOP in every dimension tested except one. Somewhat more say the Republican Party than the Democratic Party has strong principles.
Do you think these findings are accurate? Who has the strongest principles? I think it is all in how principles are defined. I would certainly agree that the GOP has a more solidified set of ideologies. Just compare the 2 platforms. However, I think that rigidity is part of being extreme.
How are the Democrats out of touch? How are the Republicans out of touch? This is all opinion of course. Define ‘out of touch.’
I used to think my grandmother was out of touch when I was a young woman. I thought she was old fashioned. The older I got, the more I realized much of that out of touch thinking was really truisms of life. She bestowed a gift on me.
There is out of touch and then there is out of touch. To quote that great poet of the 60’s, The Times They are a’Changing. You had better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone for the times they are a’changing.