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Washington Whispers: GOP voters: like a rock
U.S. News ^ | August 9, 2006 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 08/10/2006 9:48:23 AM PDT by new yorker 77

Many Democrats may hate the war in Iraq and itch to dump the president, but a new GOP survey shows that Republican base voters stand ready to jam the November polls to return their team to Congress. A three-page-survey memo obtained by Washington Whispers reveals that despite reports of some dissatisfaction with the economy, the war, and President Bush, 81 percent of Republican voters are "almost certain" to vote and an additional 14 percent say they are "very likely." It goes without saying that they'll vote Republican: By a margin of 84 percent to 6 percent, they will pull the GOP toggle switch in the voting booth. And here is something you don't hear very often: 88 percent of Republicans approve of how the prez is handling his job. What's it all mean? Analysts say that GOP voters are ready to dig in and play defense against the charges Democrats are tossing at Republican candidates.

The memo also helps to define what issues work for Republican candidates. The survey--officially tilted "Base Mobilization Survey Finds and Conclusions"--divided the issues into foreign and domestic. On the foreign side, it's all terrorism and war with polling that finds GOP voters back the war, worry about Democratic attacks on the fight against terrorism, and think the Patriot Act, moves to tighten the border, and even telephone surveillance are good things. And their favorite domestic issues aren't a surprise: They are pro-tax cuts, big on cultural values, and worried that Democrats want to put too much bureaucracy in healthcare. Another nonshocker: They don't like the media's war stories, thinking that they are too negative. Some 60 percent of the GOP base expresses "extremely high dissatisfaction" with the coverage of the war.


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KEYWORDS: 2006; 2006polls; election2006; gop; poll; republican; survey
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To: beeler
I don't buy it one bit. Internal Republican polling has consistently shown a lack of faith in the base. Almost every Republican I know personally has either/or re-registered as an independent or refused to donate to the party. We'll see what happens, but I hope the base will show the party just how off-track they are.

"How can this be? No one I know voted for Nixon...."

51 posted on 08/10/2006 10:18:21 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: beeler
Almost every Republican I know personally has either/or re-registered as an independent or refused to donate to the party.

I just registered as a republican. I had been an independent. Most of the democrats I know haven't even bothered to vote since Clinton lied to them.

52 posted on 08/10/2006 10:18:36 AM PDT by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: new yorker 77

Bookmark


53 posted on 08/10/2006 10:18:42 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: ChadGore

Great sticker.


54 posted on 08/10/2006 10:18:51 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: beeler
Not many. Most folks I know are conservatives.

I'm betting you're all just small-b buchananites, but you're embarrassed to call yourselves that.

55 posted on 08/10/2006 10:18:51 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: beeler
I also consider myself a real conservative, and I also consider myself a realist. We CANNOT, repeat CAN-NOT, let the democrats win this November!
56 posted on 08/10/2006 10:19:02 AM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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To: Theresawithanh; beeler
We'll see, as you say. In spite of my dissatisfaction with the Republican party, I'll be doing the broken glass bit to pull the R lever. Voting third party or staying home is a sure-fire way to put the wrong party in power.

Yes, I agree with you, theresawitahanh. I get very irritated at immigration policy and other items and sometimes spout off about voting independent, but Perot taught me a valuable lesson. DON'T split the vote, better to vote in republicans and try to weed out the rinos in subsequent elections. Do your anti-Rino voting in the primaries and vote republican this fall. We can't let the dems back in power even for one election cycle, especially the hate filled communists who are in charge of the party today!

57 posted on 08/10/2006 10:19:20 AM PDT by calex59 (The '86 amnesty put us in the toilet, now the senate wants to flush it!)
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To: new yorker 77

Yes I am one of them. Not happy with the way the war has been run with all the PC crap. Nevertheless, I know times are too dangerous to let the Rats run the show. Count me voting Republican in November.


58 posted on 08/10/2006 10:19:26 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Howlin

Typical Republican party line. Conservatives = "unappeasable fringers" who hate the country. I don't buy into the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" mentality.


59 posted on 08/10/2006 10:19:26 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: beeler

We are ALL conservatives, just not your particular "brand," bud.


60 posted on 08/10/2006 10:21:10 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Eagles Talon IV

Condi Rice has been over there for weeks "engaging" the enemy. Our new allies in Iraq are supporters of Hezbollah. Not much better than what the Dims have to offer, if you ask me. What you should be afraid of is a continuation of the status quo in the Republican party.


61 posted on 08/10/2006 10:21:26 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: John D

More and more, conservatives and Republicans are mutually exclusive groups.


62 posted on 08/10/2006 10:22:15 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: beeler
Most conservatives no longer call themselves Republicans.

Utter tripe; people on this site are conservatives AND Republicans.

I'm a REAL conservative

ROFLMAO....if you have to SAY you are, you probably aren't.

and the Republican party has left people like me behind.

No conservative who cares about this country would EVER turn it over to the liberals, I don't care HOW you dress it up.

63 posted on 08/10/2006 10:22:55 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: new yorker 77

I not only will be voting Republican I will also be there as an election judge challenging inappropriate voters. In the primary, there were lots of Rats bringing in their adult children claiming they still lived at home. I knew for a fact that several of them had been on their own for years. They were trying to vote twice-in their present wards and also in their family home ward because they were never removed from the books as voters.


64 posted on 08/10/2006 10:23:36 AM PDT by Merry
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To: Howlin

Me thinks beeler came over from moveon pretending to be a conservative. I sometimes do the same thing at moveon.


65 posted on 08/10/2006 10:23:50 AM PDT by John D
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To: beeler
Conservative != Unappeasable.

Conservative who won't vote for someone who would vote their way 80% of the time but draws the line on a single issue (immigration) = Unappeasable.

66 posted on 08/10/2006 10:24:48 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: capt. norm

That's exactly what happened.

Many sought to teach Bush I and the Republicans a lesson. Many stayed home. Many got snookered by Ross - I'm all ears - Perot and voted down that rabbit hole. We got Bill Clinton as the payoff. China got their much needed technology, North Korea got their nuclear plants and then bombs, and Iran got much of their nuclear bomb technology from N. Korea. Iran now threatens the whole world.

Oh yeah, let's teach those Republicans a lesson again!

Idiots.


67 posted on 08/10/2006 10:25:24 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: dead

Yeah, I like Buchanan...and Reagan and Goldwater. Of course, there's not really any politican who I support 100% of what they have to say.


68 posted on 08/10/2006 10:25:28 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: beeler
No, I live in the red-blooded, conservative, traditional values Southern heartland

You live in North Carolina; and you do NOT speak for ANY of the conservatives OR Republicans in this state.

69 posted on 08/10/2006 10:25:42 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: beeler
and the class of '94 was one of the most conservative Republican congresses, because of Clinton.

What you are saying is that the end justified the means.

If having Bill Clinton as president was the price we had to pay for the 1994 Congress, then I would say we paid way too much.

Although Clinton was a factor, I tend to believe the "Contract With America" was a bigger factor.

70 posted on 08/10/2006 10:26:26 AM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: Theresawithanh

What's the difference between supporting a Leftist Democrat and a Leftist Republican? We could better support the conservative movement by non-democratic means, if those are the choices we're left with.


71 posted on 08/10/2006 10:26:53 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: new yorker 77
Just a few of the reasons GOP voters will vote in 2006.

How about putting the central issue of our time in the truest, most stark, blunt terms:

DEMOCRATS WILL CAPITULATE TO ISLAMOFACISM. They are just itching to do so.

A lot of other issues matter, but NONE more so than this.

72 posted on 08/10/2006 10:27:42 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Suffer the little children to come unto Me...for of such is the kingdom of God. [Mark 10:13-14])
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To: Howlin
Compassionate Conservatism is an oxymoron, hoss. Bush is a one-world Socialist.
73 posted on 08/10/2006 10:28:24 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: new yorker 77

Best news I've gotten in awhile.

THANKS FOR THE POST.


74 posted on 08/10/2006 10:28:35 AM PDT by no dems (www.4condi.com)
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To: dead

I think you nailed it.


75 posted on 08/10/2006 10:29:08 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Howlin; dead

Agreed.


76 posted on 08/10/2006 10:30:34 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: beeler
Condi Rice has been over there for weeks "engaging" the enemy. Our new allies in Iraq are supporters of Hezbollah. Not much better than what the Dims have to offer, if you ask me.

You need to go to the fridge and check that "Kool-Aid". Sounds like moveon.org has prepared it for your consumption.

77 posted on 08/10/2006 10:30:39 AM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: beeler
What you should be afraid of is a continuation of the status quo in the Republican party.

FGS, you're more afraid of the GOP than you are of the Democrats?

You're a Patsy, all right.

78 posted on 08/10/2006 10:30:59 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Howlin
No conservative who cares about this country would EVER turn it over to the liberals

I agree, wholeheartedly. Why then would you willingly turn the country over to the liberals in the Republican party, jack?
79 posted on 08/10/2006 10:31:07 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: new yorker 77

So true.


80 posted on 08/10/2006 10:31:30 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: beeler
We'll see what happens, but I hope the base will show the party just how off-track they are.

I sure hope you don't mean "show" them by letting democrats win!

81 posted on 08/10/2006 10:31:43 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: beeler
Almost every Republican I know personally has either/or re-registered as an independent or refused to donate to the party.

Then "almost every Republican" you "know personally" has abandoned this nation in one of her most dire times of peril. They've probably done so for -- comparatively speaking -- petty reasons. What matters now is courage of a very special kind. Apparently you and your buds don't have it.

82 posted on 08/10/2006 10:32:08 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Suffer the little children to come unto Me...for of such is the kingdom of God. [Mark 10:13-14])
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To: beeler

One simple explanation, the democrat party as a whole is moving further and further to the left, more and more in control of the moonbat wing. IF a "leftist", as you call it, Republican is the candidate it's clothespin time, but I'll still pull that R lever.


83 posted on 08/10/2006 10:32:11 AM PDT by Theresawithanh (Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around...)
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To: Obadiah
Re: Great sticker.

Thanks. I asked Kinkos to make a bumper sticker out of it, and I've had it on my car since 2004.

It is amazing to watch hippies read it in my rear view mirror.

I wish I had a web cam pointing out my back bumper, lol, funny stuff.

84 posted on 08/10/2006 10:33:08 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: Warren_Piece

I'm not a single issue voter, and there are Republicans I would vote for. But for the most part, Rs are wrong and/or weak on many fronts, not just immigration. Let the RINOs learn there's no place for them in the party, even if we lose congress. We'll get it back when the party learns that conservatism is the only path to power.


85 posted on 08/10/2006 10:33:32 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: beeler
Why then would you willingly turn the country over to the liberals in the Republican party, jack?

We're NOT turning it over to you and your ilk every again, so get use to it.

Go form your own party if you don't like this one; oh, you already tried that, didn't you? How'd that work out for you One Percenters?

86 posted on 08/10/2006 10:34:14 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: beeler

If "consevatives" aren`t on the same page as Republicans, who should get our vote?


87 posted on 08/10/2006 10:35:03 AM PDT by bybybill (`IF TH E RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: NeoCaveman
Sure, some of our guys aren't all they could or should be, but some of them are and a rising tide lifts all boats that's the human condition.

What matters now above all else is not unrealistic perfection on all issues across the board, but a cold, very realistic understanding of what the Leftist/Dems will do if they gain power in these perilous times.

88 posted on 08/10/2006 10:35:04 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Suffer the little children to come unto Me...for of such is the kingdom of God. [Mark 10:13-14])
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To: Howlin

Republicans in this state are notorious weaklings, so you can bet I don't speak for them. Sadly, there aren't many conservatives either, but I know you're already aware of that.


89 posted on 08/10/2006 10:35:27 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: Wolfstar
To: Dems_R_Losers
"Hard Core Republicans Are Fleeing President"

Well, if they're fleeing, they're obviously not "hard core Republicans." Probably never were. Hard core Republicans do not cut and run.

1,065 posted on 05/11/2006 5:22:34 AM EDT by Jim Robinson

90 posted on 08/10/2006 10:35:43 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: capt. norm
I was reading a copy of Rolling Stone on the newstand, the one with Led Zeppelin on the cover, and they have a featured article pushing Lamont over Lieberman, with photos of Lieberman with Bush and captions that Lieberman is too close to Bush, etc.

The leftist slant of the mag hasn't changed since I read it in college over thirty-five years ago during the Vietnam War era. Rolling Stone was anti-war back then, too. Unfortunately they're a powerful influence on young minds who don't know any better.

91 posted on 08/10/2006 10:36:03 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: new yorker 77

the left confusses disatisfaction with abandonment.

Conservatives reflect, we believe in self evaluation.

This means we can expect more from a politician and understand how reality in politics work.

The left eats their own.


92 posted on 08/10/2006 10:36:40 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: beeler
Republicans in this state are notorious weaklings, so you can bet I don't speak for them. Sadly, there aren't many conservatives either, but I know you're already aware of that.

Can't you keep up with your OWN posts?

Did you or did you not just say this:

No, I live in the red-blooded, conservative, traditional values Southern heartland, and assuming you're a Yankee, y'all can't win without us.

Make up your mind; is the North Carolina rock hard conservative or not?

93 posted on 08/10/2006 10:37:36 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: beeler
Let the RINOs learn there's no place for them in the party, even if we lose congress. We'll get it back when the party learns that conservatism is the only path to power.

You are taking the very words from moveon.org and pasting in "Republican" and "RINOs" where they speak of "Democrats".

Not very original at all.

94 posted on 08/10/2006 10:37:44 AM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: beeler

You are indeed certifiably insane if you actually believe handing the nation over to the liberals when we are in the fight of our lives, will somehow accrue strength to the Republicans and help us in the WOT.

You are either on drugs or a DU tinfoil hat type.


95 posted on 08/10/2006 10:38:16 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: capt. norm

If only we had the contract today. Instead we have insistence from Republicans and their faces in the media that small-government conservatism is dead (see Fred Barnes new book.) If that's the case, you boys can have at it, I'm out, along with about 1/2 the base. I won't be scared into voting for big-government, weak on foreign policy Republicans just because they're doing everything they can to scare the base into believing that the alternative is so much worse than they are.


96 posted on 08/10/2006 10:38:38 AM PDT by beeler ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue")
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To: beeler
BTW, as for this remark:

y'all can't win without us.

Yes, we can; we've done it before and we'll do it again.

We're sick to death of being BLACKMAILED by you people and your votes.

Leave the GOP, please.

97 posted on 08/10/2006 10:38:46 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Howlin; beeler

All he needs to do now is blame the Joooos for all the world's woes, and we'll know how much of a Patsie he is! (Either that, or he's Mel Gibson)


98 posted on 08/10/2006 10:38:52 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: beeler

Well, you REAL conservatives can just go start your own party. Oh, wait, that's already been done, hasn't it? How'd that work out?


99 posted on 08/10/2006 10:39:03 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: beeler
Compassionate Conservatism is an oxymoron, hoss.

Speak for yourself.

Are you saying only UNcompassionate people can be conservatives?

Now I KNOW you're a troll. Only a demonrat would make an outlandish statement like that.

100 posted on 08/10/2006 10:39:16 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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