Can You Hear Me Now? GOP Poll Finds Women Are Not Impressed with Republicans


File this in the Captain Obvious category, aka, the unskewed poll area. Naturally, because this is a real thing, Republicans will continue to deny it. But for the rest of you who enjoy laughing at the clown car as it guns for the cliff, a Karl Rove group and another major Republican group needed to commission a poll to find out that women say Republicans are “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past.”

The internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report was obtained by Politico. “‘Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities” — was the product of eight focus groups across the country and a poll of 800 registered female voters this summer.”

Yes, real opportunities, like the opportunity Republicans have had and spit on since Mitt Romney bombed with binders full of women in 2012. The good news is that they do well with married women who have no college education (this may explain their constant efforts to destroy Democratic efforts to make college more affordable).

Not to fear, they have solutions! Solution one: Neutralize Democratic attacks.

First, they suggest the GOP “neutralize the Democrats'” attack that Republicans don’t support fairness for women. They suggest Republican lawmakers criticize Democrats for “growing government programs that encourage dependency rather than opportunities to get ahead.” That message tested better than explaining that the GOP supports a number of policies that could help fairness for women.

This “dependency” argument is the same argument Republicans have made to justify not helping impoverished minorities, and they followed that up with grand stories about how super slavery was for black people. This might have tested well for them, but as a woman, I see right through that “opportunity”. This is no different than their attempt to explain to women that they should not care about equal pay.

Second, the groups suggest Republicans “deal honestly with any disagreement on abortion, then move to other issues.”

Oh, yes, because the “abortion” issue can just be moved on from. Even though Republicans do not support the one thing that actually reduces abortions– birth control. Instead, Republicans use their alleged moral issues with abortion — abortions they are often actually assisting if not creating by killing funding for Planned Parenthood and trying to make sure birth control isn’t covered — as a way to control women’s destinies.

This is the problem with the GOP. They condescendingly think that they can “move on” from any issue on which women disagree with them, and that they are in charge of framing the issues and women will fall into line. For example, according to an interview she did with Politico, political strategist Katie Packer Gage is tasked with assisting the GOP with women voters, and she thinks they need to go on offense. Apparently the policy War on Women isn’t offensive enough. This is where they lecture women about “freedom” in the work place (aka, no legal pay equity). They keep explaining louder that women don’t need legal protection from the folks who donate to the GOP, because dependency is bad. Women love to be explained to.

It also found that Republicans “fail to speak to women in the different circumstances in which they live” — as breadwinners, for example. “This lack of understanding and acknowledgment closes many minds to Republican policy solutions,” the report says. The groups urge Republicans to embrace policies that “are not easily framed as driven by a desire to aid employers or ‘the rich.'”.

The ladies won’t see through that. Why, just recently Governor Corbett (R-PA) was explaining that he would appeal to women voters by changing Pennsylvania’s state liquor licensing laws because this would help ladies who are buying dinner. Never mind the unnecessary ultrasounds he tried to push on women. Freedom!

Can you hear me now? No. No, they cannot. The men of the GOP figure the way out of this mess is to pivot, and attack the Democrats over their “shackles”; aka, legal protections for pay parity. The ladies will be fooled into not wanting or needing pay equity protections.

Republicans have had many opportunities to reassess their party policies, but instead — just like an addict refusing to admit they have a problem — they keep doubling down on changing their messaging, while keeping their policies. Inevitably, some GOP political strategist comes along to enable them by announcing that they are just not being aggressive enough, not attacking Democrats enough, not going on offense.

This is the sad cycle of fail of a party that refuses to change when it is being told it must in order to survive. Republicans would rather believe anything other than that pay equity for women might be the right thing. They will do anything to avoid taking a look at their stance on pay equity for women. Why are they so against pay fairness for women that they will gamble their entire future with women voters on it?

24 Replies to “Can You Hear Me Now? GOP Poll Finds Women Are Not Impressed with Republicans”

  1. When working-class and middle-class men are to be subjected to downward mobility, the strategy of social dominators is to convince them that their birthright is to be better than half of humanity, that this birthright has been stolen from them by uppity members of of that class (nefariously aided by traitorous members of their own), and that disenfranchsing the “usurpers” and putting them back in “their place” will restore some romanticized “golden era”. It is especially effective at recruiting those who will not confine their efforts to the ballot box. Overlooked in the discussion of Hitler’s incitement of antisemitism was his promise to restore “woman’ to her “rightful place” as housewife and child-breeder-and indeed, women lost even citizenship under his regime.

  2. Jesus Rollerblading Christ! The GOPT would be better off just ignoring the existence of woman all together. Anything would be better than this.

  3. They insist on pushing their regressive, assbackward ideology, which is why they want to be the ones framing the “discussions” of women’s issues instead of listening to women. If they truly listened to most women, they would acknowledge that their ideology is highly unpopular, but because they truly don’t want to change, they will persist in their pig-headed stupidity.

  4. It is a reality that the GOTP ReichWing cannot debate on the issue’s because they are always on the wrong side. So their entire political message and agenda is to find ways to lie to the American people about the lies they have already told or lie to us to get what they want.

  5. They spend too much time legislating womens reproductive rights and being between women and doctors, also thinking women are second class citizens and should stay home and shut up.

  6. The GOP’s idea of freedom for women is being able to get married as early as possible, have a child a year, and stay home and be their teacher, too, using on the Bible as a text, and making sure all the husband’s every desire is met, even while he (particularly if he isn’t white) can’t make enough money to feed the family. They are sick, caught in their own little bubbles of wealth and lies. First they take away our reproductive decisions, and next they will come after our voting rights. Count on it. You don’t see any GOP women crisscrossing the country like Christie, Ryan, and Romney, laying groundwork for 2016. They will NEVER nominate a female for POTUS, and after the Palin debacle, not for VP either.

  7. How can one be against abortion and birth control at the same time? The GOP is, showing how mindless they are.
    There is nothing more repulsive than watching these self-important fools act as if they are above women and will make rules for them.
    They are in for a rude shock when the women of this country vote and let them know that they do not want to time-travel back to the ’50’s.

  8. BarbL..Conservatives are so stupid that they briefly went hell bent for election for banning Di-Hydro Oxide…Water! And when they were caught being so stupid with their faces hanging out they blamed their own stupidity and gullibility on Obama and the Dem’s and those pesky Liberals.

  9. Just like you dont want to pay for others daily medications, others accidents, others hospitalizations, things like that?

  10. you are correct. Companies that want to succeed hire the best person for the job, it does not matter if its a women or a man.

  11. True, but they pay the women less then the men for the same job.

    I would ask again, you dont want to pay for birth control but you will pay for hospitalizations, medicines or getting peoples cars fixed?

  12. Please stop wasting bandwidth on Josh. He doesn’t understand what the common good is or what the words “a nation is a community of people” mean, either, and I don’t think he ever will. It seems that he views himself as totally independent from everyone else in the nation/world. Oh, how I wish he could wake up one morning in an episode of the “Twilight Zone” in which he finds himself alone for a period of 10 years and discovers along the way that many of the things he takes for granted exist only because we all contribute to fund them. Imagine, no one working at power plants, food spoiling that won’t be replaced, no job for him to go to, no doctors or hospitals if he gets sick, etc. It’s been my experience that the world that some people think exists, doesn’t, and that those who tend to think of themselves as totally self-sufficient, aren’t. These persons are often deluded into thinking that because they have jobs, they do everything for themselves. They don’t.

  13. GOPTPers will never accept that women are smart enough to make their own decisions. They rant against the U.S. becoming a nanny state while wanting laws that are intended to create a nanny state where women are concerned. When Priebus was asked about this poll, he tried his best to say that there is no significant difference between how women view the democrats and republicans. The one thing he didn’t have was any solutions to close the gap. He already knows that the GOPTP is unwilling to do anything substantive to persuade women to vote for its politicians. It took them months before they would allow VAWA to pass in Congress. They keep writing bill after bill relating to women’s healthcare, won’t vote for equal pay, and won’t vote to increase the minimum wage. I don’t think it’s hit them yet that women don’t like their stances toward the poor, the sick, and kids, either–all reflected in their opposition to the ACA and their votes to cut SNAP and education funding.

  14. Wrong. We all do not contribute. Most people take more than they contribute and you know that. You must be a taker.

  15. Josh, do you think its possible for you to stop quoting the garbage you are told? That is pure bullshit. Take time to grow up

  16. Until the early 20th century women were not allowed to vote. As late as the1940s many states had laws that prohibited women owning property in their own names. Property was listed in the husbands or fathers name. Now in the early 21st century the political (GOP) and religious extremists are again restricting the right to vote and fighting fiercely to deny women the most basic right to control their own bodys, to decide themselves when/if to become pregnant. Why does the far right wing so hate and fear women ?! ——————- Also, what is a civilization that does not care for their own weak, old, poor, hungry and helpless?

  17. As late as the 1950’s, there were states where a husband could collect his wife’s paycheck at the end of the week and use it as he liked, without paying her. Though I know of no jurisdiction mid-Twentieth Century that absolutely barred all women from owning property, a single woman could seldom get credit or a mortgage, and a married woman could not get them in her own name without a “free dealer’s license”, which generally required either her husband’s permission or a court order. I believe it is still a husband’s prerogative in some jurisdictions to choose the place of residence.

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