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Internal GOP Report Warns of Huge Crisis With Young Voters

A new internal report just released shows an alarming crisis enveloping the GOP when it comes to the younger generation, saying that Republicans need a “fundamental re-thinking” of their brand if they want to make inroads with young voters.

The 95-page report put forth by the College National Republican Committee focuses on voters within the age-range of 18 to 29, and starkly illustrates the problems with GOP policies that are alienating Millennials.

“Neither technology, nor policy, nor branding alone will fully endear the Republican Party to a generation that has now twice broken for a Democratic candidate by historic margins,” the report says. “Yet a message and narrative that focuses on economic growth and opportunity cannot exist without substance behind it. [T]here are still many items in the Republican economic agenda that young voters have not been sold on.”

Here is a breakdown of some of the report’s findings:

The GOP is Perceived as Old-Fashioned and Bigoted

“In the focus group research conducted in January 2013,” the report said, “the young ‘winnable’ Obama voters were asked to say what words came to mind when they heard ‘Republican Party.’ The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

People Think Republicans Don’t Care About the Struggles of Ordinary Americans

“We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer a hand to help you get there. This has to change in order to have a shot with young voters.” The report goes on to say that people have come to believe that “they will only reap the benefits of Republican policies if they become wealthy or rise to the top of a big business,” leaving the impression that the GOP is the “fend for yourself” party.

The “Stupid Party”

“The ‘intelligent’ brand (among other positive attributes) is seriously undercut by outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices that are inevitably repeated over and over in the media,” the report said.

Extremist Abortion Policies

“Unfortunately for the GOP,” the report said, “the Republican Party has been painted — both by Democrats and by unhelpful voices in our own ranks — as holding the most extreme anti-abortion position (that it should be prohibited in all cases).”

Anti-Gay Rhetoric

The report concedes that the GOP “will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table.” As a solution, the report advises GOP-ers to promote “diversity of thought” and welcome a “healthy debate” on the issue, along with strongly opposing the use of anti-gay speech.

Read the full report embedded below.

Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation by tpmdocs

41 Comments

41 Comments

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    Bob Cull

    June 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I can’t believe that it took them so many words to explain why they are failing to attract younger voters! Everything they have said can be summed up in very few words: Young voters are insightful and have actually heard what the GOP is saying. That’s it in a nutshell!

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    Steven Simmons

    June 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Sadly, those same people obviously don’t find late term abortions to be brutal and extreme…which many democrats support late term abortions.

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    d bair

    June 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    yep

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    Rev. Lawrence Henson

    June 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    The Republican Party has become little more than a corruption of the human spirit. As it is composed today, it does not have the moral authority to exist.

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    Bob Cull

    June 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Keep spouting the party line, Steven, gotta keep those evangelical would be tyrants voting against their own best interests.

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    Bob Cull

    June 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    But…but…but…they said they had God on their side! Was that a lie? Godly people don’t lie…do they?

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    Christian Schmemann

    June 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    And Lord Jesus said once, “”I say therefore, it is by their fruit that you will know them. The kingdom of heaven will not give entrance to every man who calls me Master, Master; only to the man that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

    Republicans may say “Lord, Lord,” but they do not do things Lord Jesus says to do. So yes, many Republicans are lying.

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    Christian Schmemann

    June 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    But Bob, I do like most of everything else you’re saying. 😉

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    Edmond J. O'Neill

    June 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    It was, is, and always will be the party of the AWGOTs (Angry White Guys of Teathuglicanism), the hyper-Patriot, F150 drivin, flag flying, uneducated, Guns and Bible Bubbas, paralyzed by their arrogant ignorance, the useful idiots of the billionaire elit that both control and laugh at them in private.

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    Jim S

    October 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    The report nailed it! The hate, bigotry and stupidity populating the Republican party is common knowledge for anyone paying attention. It’s not just the young folks, it’s us old buys too!
    The Republican party allowed the evangelicals to set policy when Reagan invited them into the folk resulting in rediculus positions on abortion, birth control, homosexuality, and more.
    THEN, not satisfied to being run by the bible thumpers, they invited in the Tea Party which is populated by backward radical country hicks who have no clue when it comes to governing. They are told what to think by radio talk show extremists and Fox news. They haven’t a single original thought of their own.

    I am hoping beyond hope that the Republican party is absolutely decimated in 2014 and that incumbent tea party members are resoundingly defeated. They win by telling lies, calling the President a socialist, a muslim, and who was not born in the U.S.A.

    Now, the tea party minority in congress is holding the country hostage. The speaker of the house is a spineless weasel that cares more about keeping his job than properly serving the citizens of this country.

    VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS!!

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    Jim S

    October 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Absolutely correct Bob! The sad part is the tea party fools don’t even know what is true. They continue to repeat the lies they hear on the radio and fox news. These programs are all bought and paid for by radical extremist rich people like the Koch brothers.

    VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS

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    Jim S

    October 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    The Republicans commissioned the report that came out with TRUTHS. What do you want to bet that they will criticize their on report and refuse to follow it. They will be in denial as they usually are.

    VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS!

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