March 21 - followed by lots of other activities
At 02:37 PM 1/18/00 -0600, Michelle M. Miller wrote:
>FYI, on the political scene. BTW, does anyone have any information about a
>DC Farm Rally this March? [If something has recently been posted,
>apologies - I am behind on reading SANET posts] -- Michelle
>It appears if you are, or have a friend who is:
>2. A "soccer mom"
>3. A suburban woman
>4. In a family earning $100,000 or more per year
>5. An "independent" voter
>6. A "moderate" voter
>or some or all of the above,
>you or they are probably going to
>get a a call or a visit from the
>Republican candidate for
>the House in your district.
>WASHINGTON (AP) _ Private Republican polling
>shows Democrats hold an edge on top election-year
>concerns, and 25 percent of George W. Bush's
>support "prefers Democrats on the issues by a
>Democrats were favored, 44 percent to 31 percent,
>when the survey asked potential voters which party
>cares more about them, according to the poll shown
>recently to about 50 GOP members of the House.
>At the same time, the findings suggested several ways
>for House Republicans to gain an advantage, including
>opening a "new issue front" on such subjects as
>government waste or retiring the national debt.
>The GOP is trying to retain its narrow majority in the
>The GOP leadership has already announced plans to
>highlight those issues in the congressional session
>beginning next week. In particular, Speaker Dennis
>Hastert, R-Ill., is expected to unveil portions of a
>national debt retirement plan before the opening gavel
>falls in the House.
>The survey material was presented at a two-day
>communications meeting this month organized near the
>Capitol by Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma, who ranks
>fourth in the House GOP leadership. An estimated 55
>Republicans attended the sessions, which also included
>a workshop conducted by Wade West, a media trainer
>who specializes in preparing individuals for media
>The poll was conducted for Securing America's Future
>for Everyone (SAFE), an organization Watts set up to
>assist him in his leadership post. A copy of the survey
>findings was obtained by The Associated Press.
>The findings underscore the challenges ahead for the
>House Republicans _ even with presidential front-
>runner Bush showing strongly in the polls.
>The survey recommended that the House GOP target
>its election-year efforts at Catholic voters; so-called
>"soccer moms," or suburban women; and voters
>making $100,000 and above, as well as independents
>"They've got to connect ideology to solving problems.
>That's their mission," said David Winston of the Fabrizio
>McLaughlin firm, which conducted the poll.
>The survey, the results of 1,000 interviews conducted in
>November, found Republicans must make a greater
>effort to develop their "brand," much as any
>organization must do as it competes for market share.
>Yet on three of the top five issues, as identified by
>potential voters, Democrats hold an edge. They lead on
>education, the top-ranked issue, by 16 percentage
>points; on health care by an even bigger margin; and
>strongly on Social Security.
>Republicans are favored by a wide margin on moral
>values. As for handling the economy, support for
>Republicans vs. Democrats was within the survey's
>margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
>On six other issues tested, which the voters defined as
>less important, Republicans hold a narrow advantage
>on taxes and a more substantial edge on foreign
>policy and defense as well as on crime and drugs.
>Democrats are favored on Medicare and the
>environment. Campaign finance was a virtual draw.
>The margins for Democrats were "much higher" than
>for the GOP, the poll found.
>Bush was favored in a hypothetical matchup with Vice
>President Al Gore, but 25 percent of his supporters
>identified themselves more closely with Democrats
>than Republicans on the issues. On average, those
>voters said they preferred Democrats on roughly five
>of the11 issues, and backed the Republican position
>on roughly three.
>Voters who identified themselves as regular
>Republican voters, on the other hand, leaned toward
>Republicans on an average of 7.8 of the11 issues,
>and toward the Democrats on only 1.6.
>In all, the findings reported, "25 percent of Bush's vote
>prefers Democrats on the issues by a significant margin."
>In addition, undecided voters tend to favor the
>Democratic positions on the issues.
>On education, despite a Democratic advantage of 48
>percent to 32 percent, the survey reported that voters
>would prefer a candidate who espouses a GOP
>position of providing better education by giving local
>schools the flexibility to hire new teachers, buy new
>books, provide better training, buy computers and
>repair classrooms. The poll did not address the school
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