CO-4: A Microcosm of the 2008 Election Results

The survey of Republican voters is also telling.

The results from Colorado’s U.S. House District 4 are representative of the nation as a whole in many ways.

  • The voter demographic is approximately 1/3 each Democrat, Independent, and Republican.
  • The less-populated rural areas voted for Republicans, while the heavily-populated urban areas voted for Democrats.
  • An unpopular incumbent was replaced by someone from the opposing party, even though (s)he was quite liberal.

At first glance, this would lead one to believe that people no longer believe in the conservative cause of freedom and small government. There are certainly enough pundits, even so-called conservative ones that claim this is the case, and if we want to regain power we must move even farther to the left. The only problem with this is, based on a post-election survey of these same voters, it just isn’t true.

Mark Hillman give a great postmortem on the election titled, Our party failed, our principles didn’t.

He points to a Club for Growth survey that targeted 12 congressional districts – including Colorado’s Fourth – that voted for President Bush in 2004 but overwhelming elected Democrats in 2008. That survey found:

· 81% of voters said “Republicans used to be the party of economic growth, fiscal discipline, and limited government, but in recent years, too many Republicans in Washington have become just like the big spenders they used to oppose.”

· By a margin of 66% to 23%, those surveyed preferred a candidate who would cut federal spending to one who would increase spending in order to bring home more federal pork.

· 73% said the best economic policy is giving everyone the opportunity to create wealth through their own efforts rather than using the tax code to “spread the wealth.”

· 71% said government should not guarantee mortgages to help people avoid foreclosure.

· 66% want the death tax to die in two years, as scheduled; just 20% want to see it resurrected.

· 61% said the highest tax rate anyone should pay is 35% or less; only 18% supported higher rates.

This is what many of us have been saying around here since the election. Our problem isn’t that we haven’t been acting enough like Democrats, rather we haven’t been acting like Republicans. Until we do, many conservative voters will either stay home or vote for the other guy. I guess they figure we’ll get it sooner or later.

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