IBopeZogby Poll: Both Parties Out of Touch

Friday, 03 Jun 2011 02:25 PM

By David A. Patten

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An IBOPE Zogby poll indicates that voters increasingly see both Republicans and Democrats as “out-of-touch” with the citizens they’re supposed to represent.

A survey of 2,225 likely voters found that 45 percent of them associate the phrase “out-of-touch” with Democrats. But that almost precisely mirrored the 46 percent who felt the phrase also applied to Republicans.
The results suggest that a near majority of voters believes that neither party accurately represents them.

Democrats, according to the survey, are seen as more moderate and reasonable than Republicans, and also more representative of the middle class. But voters also say they see Democrats as weak and fiscally irresponsible.

Republicans, the survey says, are considered more “cold-hearted” by voters by a 50 to 30 percent survey. But they are also seen as stronger in terms of leadership.

One obvious problem area for Republicans revealed by the poll is the 18 to 29 demographic, a demographic that broke strongly for Obama in 2008.

By a strong 52 percent to 20 percent margin, those younger voters said “weak” was a good description for Democrats. But an even greater fraction, 54 percent of younger voters, felt Republicans were “out-of-touch.”
Only 31 percent of the younger voters described Democrats as “out-of-touch.”



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