Campaign 2010

Feb 05, 2014

MEMO: Polling Shows Voters Rejecting Republicans On Issue after Issue

TO:      Interested Parties

FR:      DCCC Deputy Executive Director Jesse Ferguson

RE:      Polling Shows Voters Rejecting Republicans On Issue after Issue

DT:      February 5, 2014

 

Middle class security is the defining issue of this election, and on every key policy question related to helping hardworking families and growing the American economy so it works for the middle class, House Republicans are on the wrong side.

As Republicans concluded their annual retreat – and left the special interest sweat lodge where they reaffirmed their commitment to this out of touch agenda – poll after poll shows they’re on the wrong side. They’re standing against the middle class, standing with big corporations and special interests instead.

On the minimum wage…

American support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour with an overwhelming, bipartisan majority:

  • 72 percent, including almost half of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage [CBS, 1/23/14]
  • 73 percent, including more than half of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage [PEW/USA Today, 1/22/14]
  • 71 percent, including more than half of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage [Quinnipiac, 1/8/14]

And a majority of Americans want their leaders to make raising the minimum wage a priority this year:

  • 51 percent think that increasing the minimum wage should “absolutely be a priority for this year” [NBC/WSJ, 1/28/14]

But the only thing standing in the way of putting more money in the pockets of hardworking families is headlines like this:

  • “Boehner calls minimum wage hike ‘bad policy’” [Washington Post, 1/28/14]

On unemployment insurance…

House Republicans refuse to renew emergency unemployment insurance for 1.6 million Americans looking for work, despite overwhelming public support for extending unemployment insurance:

  • 63 percent of voters think emergency unemployment benefits should be continued, including 57 percent of Independents [PPP, 1/28/14]
  • 65 percent support extending unemployment benefits [CBS, 1/23/14]

On other pocketbook issues…

Americans remain worried about their economic security. From taxes to health care, Americans’ priorities are Democrats’ priorities:

  • 59 percent believe closing corporate tax loopholes should “absolutely” be a priority [NBC/WSJ, 1/28/14]
  • 54 percent think that it should be a priority to “fix and keep” the new health care law [NBC/WSJ, 1/28/14]
  • 57 percent believe the wealthy are paying less than their fair share in federal income taxes [CBS, 1/23/14]
  • 81 percent believe the economy is working well for the wealthy, while only 22 percent think the economy is working well for the middle class [NBC/WSJ, 1/28/14]

With Americans still struggling in this economy and looking for leaders who will grow the economy for the middle class, create good jobs, and stand on the side of working families, it’s little wonder that today’s Republicans get dismal marks across the board:

  • Just 13 percent approve of the job this Republican Congress is doing, while 81 percent disapprove [NBC/WSJ, 1/28/14]
  • Last year Republican Party identification reached a 25-year low, with only 25 percent of the electorate identifying as Republicans [Gallup, 1/8/14]
    • That nearly exactly mirrors the percentage that identify as a member of the Tea Party, according to the latest NBC/WSJ poll
    • Only 24 percent view the Republican Party favorably while 47 disapprove. Voters’ opinions of Democrats are nearly even [NBC/WSJ, 1/28/14]

Americans understand that it is Democrats who stand on the side of commonsense solutions for the middle class…and Republicans who stand with Washington special interests:

  • 52 percent of Americans view Democrats as more “concerned with the needs of people like me,” compared to 32 percent who said Republicans [PEW/USA Today, 1/22/14]
    • Americans perceive Democrats as more willing to work with the other party than Republicans, by a margin of 52 percent to 27 percent [PEW/USA Today, 1/22/14]

So it’s no surprise that Americans now want Democrats to control Congress, not Republicans, by 45 percent to 43 percent [NBC/WSJ, 1/28/14]

When Americans walk into the voting booths this November they will ask one question: who is on their side? On the pocketbook issues that affect their families day in and day out, there will be only one answer—Democrats are on the side of middle class families like us, while Republicans in Congress have done everything in their power to stack the deck in favor of the wealthy and Washington special interests.