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Monday, May 04, 2009

The Iowa Republican: The Iowa GOP's Image Problem

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

With the legislative session over, Iowa Republicans are now debating how they should brand themselves as they move forward towards the 2010 elections. ... The Iowa First Foundation poll provides a lot of good news for Iowa Republican as we look forward to the next election, but it also provides a sobering look how the Republican brand has been tarnished. The Good News: More Iowans have a more favorable impression of our Republican officials than they do of Iowa Democrats. ... The Bad News: ... While Republicans out-polled Democrats on traits like trustworthiness, the economy, management of government bureaucracies, and common sense, the traits listed above make it easy to understand why Republicans lag behind Democrats in voter registration. Who wants to be part of a political party that isn't open or welcoming, that's seen as arrogant, backwards-looking, or even racist?

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