In a new Pew research study released this month, polls show that the American people view the Democratic Party as more “trustworthy” than the modern day GOP.
The study revealed that Democrats are out in front on a wide range of issues, with a 25 point lead on the question of whether or not they’re willing to work across the aisle to solve problems. Democrats were also ahead 20 points as to whether or not they’re concerned with the needs of regular people.
In addition, respondents felt that the GOP harbored more extremists in their ranks and are more influenced by lobbyists.
By a margin of 10%, more respondents felt that Democrats govern in a more ethical and responsible way overall than Republicans. The survey is significant because it truly shows the net results of the GOP’s hard push to the right in recent years. With the combined effect of draconian bills attacking women’s reproductive rights and right wing religious extremism, the study reaffirms the notion that attempts to cater to the fringe elements that show up at voting booths has failed for the most part.
Even elements within the GOP have recognized the losses and have responded with numerous “outreach” strategies. But even these have failed miserably, with prominent voices in the party continuing to vomit forth rhetoric that alienates women and minorities.
In addition to their failure on social issues, the GOP compounds their image problems with an economic ideology that favors corporations and the rich over the poor and working class. As economic issues continue to squeeze the average citizen and social issues continue to evolve, most analysts and pundits (even some who are conservative) agree that the modern day GOP is doomed if it doesn’t at least find it’s way back to some sort of ideological center.