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College Republican Report details how the GOP lost Younger Voters

by Rodan ( 26 Comments › )
Filed under Elections 2012, Elections 2016, Republican Party, Special Report, The Political Right at June 3rd, 2013 - 10:40 am

In a scathing report done by College Republicans, it details the reasons why Republicans are losing voters under 30. They come across as hostile hateful scolds. The rhetoric employed by many Republicans have turned off many younger voters, who want solutions to problems, not the blame game and excuses.  Hateful rhetoric and a dismissive is what younger voters associate the GOP with.

A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation’s leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP “brand” and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to POLITICO on Sunday.

The College Republican National Committee on Monday made public a detailed report — the result of extensive polling and focus groups — dissecting what went wrong for Republicans with young voters in the 2012 elections and how the party can improve its showing with that key demographic in the future.

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Perception of the party’s economic stance: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

Big reason for the image problem: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”

Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP: “The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

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“Policies that lower taxes and regulations on small businesses are quite popular. Yet our focus on taxation and business issues has left many young voters thinking they will only reap the benefits of Republican policies if they become wealthy or rise to the top of a big business,” the report says. “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

Younger voters — especially those in the Hispanic focus groups the CRNC conducted — are deeply familiar with the challenges posed by a less-than-robust economy, the report said, citing struggles with student loans and people who are delaying marriage because of financial issues. But the study said the party must explain how its policies translate into chances for economic advancement and should seek to do so in a more “caring” tone.

“If we don’t believe that Republicans are the ‘fend for yourself’ party, then it’s time for us to explain why — and to show our work,” the report said. “This will go a long way overall, but particularly with Latino voters, who tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.”

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That was especially the case with certain economic issues. The report said that on many questions tied to that subject, young people and the GOP are, in fact, on the same page: support for entrepreneurship and small businesses and slashing spending in many instances, for example. But that common ground often got lost for young voters

This is a damning report and one that should not be dismissed. Too many Republicans think everything is fine and that Obama will self destruct. He may self implode, but this will not necessarily translate into Republican votes. The Party does have too many hostile voices that have even turned me off. What is needed is a positive agenda for a better future, this would not resonate not only with younger voters, but with everyone.

Republican rhetoric is negative and actually quite nasty. People will not vote for a party that comes across hateful and like a bunch of scolds.
Update: Here is the report.

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26 Responses to “College Republican Report details how the GOP lost Younger Voters”
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  1. coldwarrior
    1 | June 3, 2013 11:27 am

    GET OFF MY LAWN YOU GOD DAMNED KIDS!!!!

    :roll:

    yeah, lets NOT explain our position (which they already agree with!) let’s just yell some more and get fixated on social issues, yeah! that’ll win elections!


  2. eaglesoars
    2 | June 3, 2013 12:03 pm

    should seek to do so in a more “caring” tone.

    bite me.

    I’m sick to death of this crap. If these people are THAT misinformed they should not be voting, period


  3. coldwarrior
    3 | June 3, 2013 12:13 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    does coke use positive or negative tone to sell its product?

    the product doesnt change…the style of commercial does


  4. Bumr50
    4 | June 3, 2013 12:18 pm

    I don’t think that the “GOP” brand is salvageable among younger voters.

    This is instructive, but not entirely indicative of why young voters hate Republicans.

    They’re CONSTANTLY told that Republicans are RAAAACISTS in public institutions and the media.

    CONSTANTLY.

    I don’t think that “softer” rhetoric will change that.

    I actually think that harder, yet smarter rhetoric would work.

    I’d prefer that said rhetoric be tailored for different regions so as to reflect different demographics, but definitely do not support rhetoric and legislation that is specifically tailored for one “special interest” group.

    It can be done.

    But first, they need grassroots organization. AFP and FreedomWorks already have huge grassroots support, but spend half of their time fighting AGAINST the GOP.

    Until a political sea change occurs on the “professional” right, this simply won’t be allowed to happen.


  5. eaglesoars
    5 | June 3, 2013 12:20 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    does coke use positive or negative tone to sell its product?
    the product doesnt change…the style of commercial does

    Pepsi runs down Coke and the only commercials they listen to are Pepsi’s.

    Mitt Romney didn’t kill anyone, but a lot of these people think maybe he had a hand in it.


  6. Bumr50
    6 | June 3, 2013 12:21 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    I don’t think that the “GOP” brand is salvageable among younger voters.

    I take that back. Sort of.

    I think that I said that, and then explain how, in fact, I think it COULD be salvageable.

    I just got up.

    I need coffee.


  7. coldwarrior
    7 | June 3, 2013 12:25 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    bite me.

    I’m sick to death of this crap. If these people are THAT misinformed they should not be voting, period

    GET OFF MY LAWN YOU DAMNED KIDS!!!!

    :lol:


  8. coldwarrior
    8 | June 3, 2013 12:28 pm

    The report said that on many questions tied to that subject, young people and the GOP are, in fact, on the same page: support for entrepreneurship and small businesses and slashing spending in many instances, for example. But that common ground often got lost for young voters

    sell the product! the buyers already want it!!!!


  9. Tanker
    9 | June 3, 2013 12:30 pm

    Perception of the party’s economic stance: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”

    Most successful people start at the bottom and will work hard and long to get to the top. Most young people today (even conservative ones) tend to want to start in the middle or near the top from the beginning!

    I would like to know what this “offered hand up” is supposed to look like through theses young republicans eyes!


  10. coldwarrior
    10 | June 3, 2013 12:34 pm

    Tanker wrote:

    I would like to know what this “offered hand up” is supposed to look like through theses young republicans eyes!

    the things jack kemp was working on would be a good start. the current gop dismantled that.

    The report said that on many questions tied to that subject, young people and the GOP are, in fact, on the same page: support for entrepreneurship and small businesses and slashing spending in many instances, for example. But that common ground often got lost for young voters

    the gop ios already most of the way there.


  11. eaglesoars
    11 | June 3, 2013 12:38 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    GET OFF MY LAWN YOU DAMNED KIDS!!!!

    :lol:

    Yes. I will not pander to the criminally stupid. Sandra Fluke can have them.


  12. coldwarrior
    12 | June 3, 2013 12:40 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    coldwarrior wrote:
    GET OFF MY LAWN YOU DAMNED KIDS!!!!

    Yes. I will not pander to the criminally stupid. Sandra Fluke can have them.

    not coming off as an asshole or a jerk isnt pandering.

    yes, lets not try to educate, lets just scream about how dumb they are. that will go far in wining votes.


  13. eaglesoars
    13 | June 3, 2013 12:49 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    not coming off as an asshole or a jerk isnt pandering.

    like say, Debbie Washyerhairschultz? Or Blinky Pelosi? Or Pathological Liar Reid?

    Did you ever wonder why the Dems/Libs have a busload of assholes and seem to get away with it but if conservatives get tarred with even ONE, well, then there’s a really big problem.

    Those so-called ‘scandals’? That’s just Republican overreach.

    A ‘caring tone’ isn’t going to fix a fundamental flaw in critical thinking skills.


  14. eaglesoars
    14 | June 3, 2013 12:56 pm

    goota get ready for a conf call -- later


  15. coldwarrior
    15 | June 3, 2013 12:56 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    that’s right, young people are idiots.

    those damned kids! why, back in my day we critically thought for 3 hours before breakfast! uphill both ways too! we were smarter, yessirreee!!! these kids are lazy and shiftless! dont let em vote!

    und zo weite for eons and eons all the way back to aristotle and plato.

    i got news for ya, there are just as many stone dumb baby boomers and gen x’ers as there are 20 somethings. the college crowd has no monopoly on being a mushroom.


  16. Tuerqas
    16 | June 3, 2013 2:16 pm

    I agree with Bumr50. I think we can thank the media for younger political views these days. Obama rants whines or raves, he is facing the problems of today. Obama talks measured nonsense, and his views are the stable sensible answer, even if his words are ‘We will soon be walking a cliff of stupidity.’

    A Republican rants and he is a whackadoo forever more, never to be listened to again. Any article will begin with what has gone before. A Republican talks measured sense or nonsense and he is a hard, cold, hating bastage.

    Then we have anyone else who rightly blames both parties and the current system, and they are all whackadoos before a word is uttered. Sorry, but Republicans prove again and again that they are fiscally the same as Dems, except without the media right now.


  17. 17 | June 3, 2013 2:34 pm

    @ coldwarrior:

    Yeah plenty of 50 and 60 years olds who are not to bright themselves. See Charles Johnson.


  18. 18 | June 3, 2013 2:35 pm

    @ Bumr50:

    I just got up.

    I need coffee.

    OJ is better!

    :wink:


  19. 19 | June 3, 2013 9:24 pm

    @ eaglesoars: I have to agree. This “caring scheiss unsine” is a lot of nonsense. CARING? People should be running a government — not a whorehouse. Enough with this caring bs (scheiss unsine).


  20. coldwarrior
    20 | June 3, 2013 11:10 pm

    dont lose focus…

    That was especially the case with certain economic issues. The report said that on many questions tied to that subject, young people and the GOP are, in fact, on the same page: support for entrepreneurship and small businesses and slashing spending in many instances, for example. But that common ground often got lost for young voters

    dont get ratcheted down on one or two words, big picture people!

    the above paragraph is the big picture.

    all of us were young once and the oldsters said exactly the same thing about us.


  21. waldensianspirit
    21 | June 3, 2013 11:35 pm

    Where’s my ROMNEY PHONE!!!


  22. darkwords
    22 | June 5, 2013 8:18 pm

    The young GoP voters were there for Ron Paul. But Romney didn’t leverage that.


  23. darkwords
    23 | June 5, 2013 8:22 pm

    @ 9 Tanker:Safety net. Autistic kids. Disabled adults. Old folks with uninsured health issues. Kids with parental neglect issues. Transgender issues. It’s a treat them as fellow humans or ignore them type of issue. Ignore them and lose many votes. A lot of families voted straight ticket Obama because they are related or know someone close who needs extra support and the GoP appears as Scrooge McDuck.


  24. dwells38
    24 | June 15, 2013 2:14 am

    yeah my response is similar. You got suckered and now there’s nowhere to go as far as your stupid ass knows. Can’t go to the evil white man party. So suck ass with no career forever I gues since no one held your dick on the way. I don’t care that much. I will teach my kids how to BUST ASS! That’s how you get ahead. These punk losers criticizing what they don’t understand can go try and find their asses with both hands with the proggy puss babies. They’re dem lib proggy problems, not mine.


  25. dwells38
    25 | June 15, 2013 2:14 am

    yeah my response is similar. You got suckered and now there’s nowhere to go as far as your stupid ass knows. Can’t go to the evil white man party. So suck ass with no career forever I gues since no one held your dick on the way. I don’t care that much. I will teach my kids how to BUST ASS! That’s how you get ahead. These punk losers criticizing what they don’t understand can go try and find their asses with both hands with the proggy puss babies. They’re dem lib proggy problems, not mine.


  26. dwells38
    26 | June 15, 2013 2:16 am

    Sorry , the Blogmoc takes like 30 secs to respond so I don’t know whether my post registered or not. Double post ensues.


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