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Politics and Public Opinion, Polls

The Contract at 20 and GOP fortunes today

Twenty years ago this week, 367 members of Congress stood on the Capitol steps and signed a document called the Contract with America. Although several polls in October 1994 showed that around 70% of Americans were not aware of the Contract, its positive, forthright agenda infused GOP leaders and activists with energy and contributed to massive change in the 1994 elections. read more >

Pethokoukis

Republicans should talk about that thing they are afraid to talk about

Although only a fifth of 2012 battleground voters said the most important factor in choosing a president was “cares about people,” Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by a whopping 69 percentage points among that group. Romney easily won voters who said “vision,” “shares my values,” and “strong leader” were their most important criteria. Maybe Republicans should just try to do even better in those three categories. In a New York Times commentary, however, AEI President Arthur Brooks outlines a different path forward. read more >