FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
The Irony of the GOP Polling Advantage
As the November midterms draw near, we are beginning to see a growing wave against Democrats, much like we witnessed at this time in 2010.
A new Pew poll gives Republicans a 4-point edge on the generic ballot test, which is significant given the fact that Democrats usually have a slight advantage even in a 50-50 year. They also found that Republicans have a crushing 16-point lead among Independents who are only down 4 among women. Furthermore, voters are still sour on Obamacare, Obama, and the economy.
This sounds like a recipe for disaster for Democrats, right?
But there is one other polling nugget that is worth noting. By a margin of 65%-30%, voters want the next president to pursue different policies than those of President Obama.
While it is quite arduous to sift through polling data or even real election returns in pursuit of a specific mandate from voters, it is quite clear what voters are NOT asking Republicans to do.
The reason they are abandoning Democrats and flocking to Republicans is not for the purpose of electing a Republican majority to pass amnesty and comprehensive open borders reform. In fact, given that amnesty is the biggest outstanding priority of Obama for the remainder of his presidency, the fact that voters overwhelmingly desire a new direction is a clear indication that pursuit amnesty would fly in the face of the prospective GOP governing mandate.
Much like this time four years ago, it would be amazing if we could all celebrate the impending victory. But we know that the biggest priority of a GOP majority would be to work with Obama to pass amnesty. That is why the Chamber of Commerce and their allies are spending millions lying to primary voters while obfuscating their real views from the voters.
Some of you might be excited by the latest polling data, but you will be made to care if we wind up electing Republicans who surrender on Obamacare and go full-throttle on amnesty. It’s better we be made to care while we still have a choice to elect Republicans who will pursue different policies than the current occupant of the Oval Office.