We have been listening to political experts and Republican Party leaders talk about the November general election as a repudiation of Democratic Party policies and a return to Republican ideals. Well, as ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso says every weekend on College GameDay, “Not so fast my friend.”
A post-election survey conducted by CNN and reported by Pew Research finds the Republicans have a lot to crow about as a result of the general election. GOP candidates won lots of races. Compared to 2006, support increased for the GOP in all demographic groups, except African-Americans, in 2010. The largest gain was among Independents (+16 points).
But the survey finds the election is more about voter concern regarding the economy than a shift in attitudes about the GOP. In fact, opinions about the Republican Party (42 percent favorable/52 percent unfavorable) are no different than opinions about the Democratic Party (43 percent favorable/53 percent unfavorable).
Yes, it is the economy, and the Obama Administration and Democratic Congressional leadership lost sight of that concern.
As a result, GOP candidates won local, state and federal races. Now, Republicans are nearing the top of the hill, but unless they can deliver on their promises for the US getting back its economic mojo, it could be a steep fall.