Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters say their party’s representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 18% of GOP voters believe their elected officials have done a good job representing the base.
Most Republican voters (55%) say that the average Republican in Congress is more liberal than the average Republican voter. Twenty-four percent (24%) say the average Republican in Congress holds views about the same as the average Republican voter while just 17% think the Congressional Republicans are more conservative than GOP voters.
Republican voters overwhelmingly believe it is more important for the party to stand for what it believes in rather than trying to work with President Barack Obama. Eighty-four percent (84%) of Republicans hold that view while just 14% favor more co-operation with the President.
As for voters not affiliated with either major party, 58% say the GOP should stand for what it believes in while 33% would like to see more cooperation with the President. Seventy-one percent (71%) of unaffiliated voters believe the Republicans in Congress have lost touch with their base and a plurality of unaffiliateds (41%) believe that the average Republican in Congress is more liberal than the average Republican voters.
For a number of weeks now, I’ve been receiving calls from the National, State and local GOP organizations wanting money. I’ve hung up on all of them. I’ve voted and supported the Republican Party since my first national election in 1968. For that support, I expect the Party to listen to me. Instead, the GOP seems to listen more to democrats than to their base.
I’ve had my fill. I will no longer support the GOP. If the GOP wants my money and my support, they better get off their collective asses and begin to listen and HEED the conservatives that make up the base of their constituents. When the GOP is no more than another face of liberalism, they’ve lost me.
I am a social and fiscal conservative. I believe in the Constitution as it was intended by the founders. If and when the GOP returns to their roots and believes, supports and acts as I would, then—maybe, they’ll get my support.
For now, I will support candidates directly. I will support those who believe as I do regardless of party. That may be libertarian or someone else. But when the GOP calls again, they had better have changed their tune and shown publicly that they have done so. If not, don’t tread on me!