Gallup: #1 critique of GOP is … inflexibility

posted at 2:01 pm on April 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This result was apparently significant enough to grab the attention of Politico, but Gallup’s follow-up data makes this rather meaningless:

Democrats, Republicans and independents all had the same top complaint about the GOP in a Gallup poll released Monday: It’s inflexible.

The poll asked respondents to name two things they liked and disliked about the nation’s political parties. More cited inflexibility and unwillingness to compromise than anything else — 21 percent overall, including 26 percent of Republicans. Twelve percent said the party was “for the rich.”

The Washington Post also takes an interest in the results:

The poll asked respondents an open-ended question about one or two critiques of the GOP. The top response — at 21 percent — was that the party was inflexible and/or unwilling to compromise.

And what came in third? I quote: “Don’t stand up for their positions/Give in too easily.”  That was the preferred description of 9% of respondents, including 14% of Republicans.  In order to solve the first and third problems, the GOP would have to figure out how to be more flexible while remaining more firm on their positions. Good luck!

There are a few things to point out from the results of the poll about Republicans, however. Issues that are presumed to be hot-button topics for voters barely show up in negative statements about either party. Among the issues that don’t even rise above the ±4% margin of error are social issues (4% for Republicans), abortion/womens’ policies (4%), religion (2%), immigration (2%), and gay marriage (1%).  Seventeen percent answered “Nothing,” which actually comes in second, including 18% of independents and 15% of Democrats.

“Nothing” actually comes in first for Democrats at 20%, but only 4% of Republicans offered that assessment.

In other words, “nothing” actually describes the practical impact of this oddly-designed poll, as Gallup’s own analysis admits:

For almost every issue that some people (mostly Republicans) cite as positive about the Republican Party, others (mainly Democrats and independents) cite it as a negative. The negatives heavily outweigh the positives with respect to Republicans’ perceived rigidity and perceived support for the rich. In some cases, positive and negative mentions of the party’s positions roughly cancel each other out, including on abortion, immigration, and “economic policies.” However, the GOP enjoys a positive tilt in the balance of views about its support for lower spending, smaller government, lower taxes, and its general conservatism. This may indicate that a key to Republicans’ regaining favor with Americans is not necessarily to change their positions, but to be perceived as less dogmatic about them and willing to compromise to pass legislation. Of course, some Republicans oppose this position, including the 14% who say their party already compromises too much.

Basically, Republicans have to offer positive alternatives in policy that will improve the lives of more voters.  I don’t think we needed this poll to reveal that.

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The Gallup polled:

Keep Obama In Office

OhEssYouCowboys on April 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Strange — given another post, that seems to be the main criticism of the Catholic Church….

unclesmrgol on April 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Excellent. That can be turned into a WIN…

Play my “Compromise” game….

Me: Give me $1,000.. Pick any number

Other: Eh?

Me: Give me $1,000 …

Other: No..

Me: Come on “Don’t you want to compromise”?

I’ve been doing this to anti-gunners in public meetings for decades, they never play that one again. Everyone gets it.. “Compromise” is a “sucker” game. At least the way the Democrats and their friends in the media play it.

CrazyGene on April 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

the only poll that matters was last November…give the community agitator 4 more years to eliminate the middle class.

RedInMD on April 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Oops, I meant:

Keep Obama In President

OhEssYouCowboys on April 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

In other words, “nothing” actually describes the practical impact of this oddly-designed poll, as Gallup’s own analysis admits

A poll about nothing.

Well, Jerry Seinfeld made a pretty good living with a show about nothing.

Bitter Clinger on April 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

If only the GOP was firm on core issues such as liberty.

How do you compromise with someone who fundamentally does not believe in this nation’s founding ideals? I will not compromise with marxists. That only leads to fascism.

rbj on April 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

“Inflexibility”?!?!?…..when compromise, bi-partisan and “don’t take a stand cuz we’ll be called names”, are the republican’s middle names??

sheeesh…..Sometimes I think I live in a parallel universe.

tencole on April 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Democrat Dictionary:

Flexible -

To embrace the extermination of a child in the womb, the disarming of the People, the confiscation of the property of others – for redistribution – and to deny Jesus Christ.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Go to Hades all you squishes.

The number one problem in the world, and the US, is that there are hardly any men left with real gonads.

Grow a pair, or lose to the eunuchs of the world.

The world is so full of fools and deserves quick demise.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

In order to solve the first and third problems, the GOP would have to figure out how to be more flexible while remaining more firm on their positions. Good luck!

Obama has done it. Well, not really, but he gets credit for being reasonable and flexible while in fact being belligerently rigid.

Republicans have pulled off the opposite.

forest on April 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

The middle is the weirdest place to be. You always go under, standing for nothing.

Fall into the latrine. It’s full of rats. May they eat you.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Inflexibility? Shows how successful the media has been in painting the GOP as evil obstructionists. Unwilling to compromise? Meaning give Obama everything he wants instead of merely almost everything.

supernova on April 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Pffft.

BKeyser on April 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

A poll of nothing is right. Why would a political poll be used as constructive information from the opposition? der…

DanMan on April 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Not reported much:

1. The Obamas sat in a church yesterday when the nutty guy up front insulted more than half of the land. Obama approved. A decent president would have walked out.

2. In Ohio a son, shouting for Allah, killed his policeman father, with one bullet, in church, during Easter services.

3. The guy who invented the 3D ammo and gun-related printing has his site taken over by Holder. No one reports.

4. Ms. Lindsey and Schumer snatch the land out from under you and you go shopping.

Yes, the conservatives are the “racists” and the “crazy” ones.

I hope you all get destroyed soon. The Cs are busy fending for their survival. They should Never feed you, you incredible sissies. You are busy all being gay. Party on, you fools.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

You “racist” Cs, you.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I think it reflects the success of the liberal media’s anti-GOP campaign. I’m sure the media sees it that way.

Socratease on April 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Gallup: #1 critique of GOP is … inflexibility

Strange. The same quality is said to be a great virtue in a singular diсk, yet it polls as #1 critique for a bunch of diсks…

Archivarix on April 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Excellent. That can be turned into a WIN…

Play my “Compromise” game….

Me: Give me $1,000.. Pick any number

Other: Eh?

Me: Give me $1,000 …

Other: No..

Me: Come on “Why do you hate children, gay people, and puppies??

I’ve been doing this to anti-gunners in public meetings for decades, they never play that one again. Everyone gets it.. “Compromise” is a “sucker” game. At least the way the Democrats and their friends in the media play it.

CrazyGene on April 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The way the democrat-owned media plays it.

CurtZHP on April 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Basically, Republicans have to offer positive alternatives in policy that will improve the lives of more voters. I don’t think we needed this poll to reveal that.

How do you do that in a land of 50 million on ‘disability’ and 52% in lalaland?

This, if applied in the US, would call you “racists”. Yet, it is absolutely necessary for the state to survive…alas, just a bit longer. Meh, LiB sooner. It’s lots of fun to watch the stupidity unfold.

Britain has at least 900,000 Liars. The US has millions.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

The Obama/Democrat/Media talking points approach to propaganda works very well, apparently.

The Rogue Tomato on April 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Obama appoints Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan.

Gallup “Ds are the smart party and Obama is the genius that the world never knew of before”.

Rome lasted much longer.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Goebbels can’t take it any longer.

He’s in a constant orgasmic state these days.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

That guy in the red shirt is really creepy. Please replace him, even if he appears in a rainbow outfit, just so he’s something different.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

From Ms. Lindsey thread, but very significant

Here are the charges against him (the 3-D printed ammo and gun guy):

Conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act
Conspiracy to violate the Undetectable Firearms Act
Conspiracy to commit Money Laundering
Criminal Copyright Infringement

I’m no lawyer, but it seems hard to believe that most of those could stick. The only one I’m not sure about is the money-laundering one. Money laundering? I have no idea what that might be based on. The others just sound like pure harassment made up by the Feds because they are annoyed by his 3-D printing, his defiant attitude and all the publicity he’s getting.

And they filed these charges just after ATF approved his FFL. Wtf?

WhatSlushfund on April 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Because they knew that once he had an FFL, they’d have an easier time making any charges stick.

CurtZHP on April 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

That guy in the red shirt is really creepy. Please replace him, even if he appears in a rainbow outfit, just so he’s something different.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

NO. if i hear of anything rainbow realted, if i see anything rainbow related, i will become violently ill. and it best not rain anytime soon either.

GhoulAid on April 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

GhoulAid on April 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

“Bigot, you”

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Brittle might be a more apt description.

Firm until they snap like kindling.

I’d prefer a more dynamic approach to these situations. The democrats are always pushing some stupid pathos inspired story about one thing or another.

Why not just say “yes” to everything but then bury enough devils in the details to make the whole thing utterly worthless to them.

For example, what if we could have had an opt out in the healthcare bill. Just say “yes”… We agree to everything BUT put an escape clause in it that everyone will use.

You want open borders? Fine. Bundle it with welfare reform and then who cares? Then the entire country of mexico can immigrate to the US if they want and guess what chumps… we’re not giving away free stuff anymore. Deal with it.

Am I right? I don’t know… what after all do I know… about anything. But I don’t think we’re getting anywhere by picking a predictable place and holding it until we’re ultimately overrun.

We should try being moving targets. Dodge around. Change the subject constantly. Come up with so many things for them to engage that they can’t actually focus on any of it.

The democrats haven’t been honestly bargianing with us for decades. This is not an honest discussion. They’re playing power politics. It’s a game.

Understand it is a game.

Once you understand it is a game you can learn the rules and play back. They don’t care what you think or believe or want. They don’t care if you’re happy. They don’t care about you at all. They are attempting to beat you. Point blank. Play the game back or lose.

Karmashock on April 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Year 2059 – e-mail floater

HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR: 2059

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California.

White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia’s third language.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops, livestock and small children.

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.
Life is GOOD !

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica. No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!

Last Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported for her dad legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2060.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to the second Wednesday of the month.

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss. Who would have guessed ?

Average weight of American tennis pros drops to 250 lbs.

Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Abortion clinics now available in every High School in United States.

Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Supreme Court rules any punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

A Couple Finally Had Sexual Harmony,
They have simultaneous Headaches.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet seven inches with only 8 illegitimate children.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2060.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Floruba voters still having trouble with voting machines.

Now, send this to whomever you want and as many as you want, then, guess what….NOTHING will happen. No miracles, no money, absolutely nothing, except you might make someone smile.

I Love This Country!

It’s The Government That Scares Me!
Stop organized crime.
Re-elect no one.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

What’s up with the photos Ed is using for his headlines today?

InterestedObserver on April 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

The GOP is more flexible than a girl with low self-esteem at college..

melle1228 on April 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

If you stand for everything you will fall for anything.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Abortion clinics now available in every High pre-K School in United States.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Fixed it for you.

LoganSix on April 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Inflexible?

“In matters of style swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

SpiderMike on April 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

What’s up with the photos Ed is using for his headlines today?

InterestedObserver on April 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

The calendar, perchance?

socalcon on April 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The problem with the GOP is that they stand up and argue they are not going to do something, which locks in the inflexible view in some, and then they quietly try to hide their capitulation leaving the inflexible view front and center while their base sees the inflexible view as the never going to hold up posturing that it is and we know the capitulation is coming.

astonerii on April 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Go to Hades all you squishes.

The number one problem in the world, and the US, is that there are hardly any men left with real gonads.

Grow a pair, or lose to the eunuchs of the world.

The world is so full of fools and deserves quick demise.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

This is the voice of the kind of inflexibility that voters dislike in the GOP. Screaming at people who agree with on 80% of issues that they are pu$$ies for not kowtowing to you on the remaining 20% of issues is not considered a good political strategy.

thuja on April 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

And this is a perfect capture of the LIVs and the effect the State Media has on them.

Republicans haven’t stood there ground on any major issue since the surge in 06/07. However, every time there is a political disagreement, the State Media rushes in to claim that if the Republicans do not adopt Obama’s polices, they are being inflexible and rigid.

I’d love to see a crosstab on these negatives divided by high and low information voters – and ask specific questions to differentiate.

Why party controls the Senate (LIV answer the Republicans)
Who was the Republican VP in 2012 (LIV answer Sarah Palin)
Does the upper quintile or the lower quintile pay more taxes? (LIV answer what is a quintile or “the poor”)

18-1 on April 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

. . . . . . . . I’ve been doing this to anti-gunners in public meetings for decades, they never play that one again. Everyone gets it.. “Compromise” is a “sucker” game. At least the way the Democrats and their friends in the media play it.

CrazyGene on April 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

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B I N G O ….. and “dittos”.

listens2glenn on April 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

thuja on April 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

You, may you hurt until you scream, every time this happens. I thought way higher of you, until this. You stand for the execution of fully born/viable children. No one takes you seriously any more, at least no one sane and with a soul and conscience.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The #1 fault with the GOP is liberalism and the fallacy promoted by a liberal press.

Speakup on April 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The #1 fault with the GOP is liberalism and the fallacy promoted by a liberal press.

Speakup on April 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The leftists are never truly liberal, nor progressive. They are tyrannical thugs, who support same.

The Rs are just pretending to not be them. Let them go under. The land needs more than one party, which is all she’s got any more.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Leftists consider compromise when you agree with them. All else is “racist, rigid, bigoted and etc.”.

Ronald Reagan learned the hard way to be snookered by the left. They will lie to you and thuggishly apply charlatanry on you, every time. A foolish people deserve no less.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

CrazyGene on April 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I take this approach, except sub in “you want lasagna for dinner? I want you to eat sh1t. Let’s compromise. Let’s mix the sh1t into the lasagna, and you can eat that.”

cptacek on April 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

If you put just one drop of shit into a gallon of French vanilla icecream…it’s not called “compromise”.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

astonerii on April 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

.
wow, those GOP people sound like complicated people.

Who explains or defines this GOP species of Politician to the incredibly astute attention of American Voting Masses ?

FlaMurph on April 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Being conservative and republican are two separate things unfortunately. I blame them for being TOO flexible if anything. They’ve abandoned their base so many times as of late and now are looking to cave on amnesty too. It’s like they’re actually trying to piss off their base.

Minnfidel on April 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

wow, those GOP people sound like complicated people.

Who explains or defines this GOP species of Politician to the incredibly astute attention of American Voting Masses ?

FlaMurph on April 1, 2013 at 3:40 PM

The freedom hating media does. it is why they get rolled constantly.

astonerii on April 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

The Dems mainstream media propaganda machine works. This is the Orwellian doublespeak big lie of the day, or week. To be repeated over and over again.

Comrade O is as inflexible as they come. What he passes off as his flexibility in dealing with the GOP is basically lies. The MSM gives him a pass on them. Meanwhile they both paint the GOP as inflexible. And the brain dead sheeple buy it. After all, Dear Leader and the MSM wouldn’t both lie to them, would they?

The idiots bought that a $700 billion dollar cut in Medicare is not a cut and that it actually strengthens Medicare. Why not this?

farsighted on April 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

The problem with the GOP is sometimes this inflexibility on token issues means we get absolutely nothing in the big picture.

Even though I don’t believe raising taxes on the very richest Americans will do anything to help our deficit, I think had Romney say been willing to go back to the Clinton tax rates for those making over a million dollars a year, it would have brought a lot more middle class voters into his fold.

Basically, it would only effect .1% of the population, and my guess is the overwhelming majority of those would have been Obama bundlers anyway.

I think the GOP should be the Party of low taxes, but I absolutely believe the inflexibility that they won’t raise a penny in taxes, even for real entitlement reform, hurts our image.

Hell, I think one of our biggest problems is the 47% of Americans that don’t even pay an income tax at all. There is such a thing as taxes being too low, it encourages freeloading.

BradTank on April 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

gravityman on April 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

By Definition, the Founders Wrote the Constitution. I would argue that if they had ever dreamed we would be thinking on giving the institution of marriage over to a bunch of degenerate gays I would think they would have done something to prevent it.

astonerii on April 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

This is the voice of the kind of inflexibility that voters dislike in the GOP. Screaming at people who agree with on 80% of issues that they are pu$$ies for not kowtowing to you on the remaining 20% of issues is not considered a good political strategy.

thuja on April 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Eat this – if you put just one drop of shit into a gallon of French vanilla icecream…it’s not called “compromise”.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Nobody has to compromise anything.

Simply follow the constitution you bastards were put in place to defend and no compromises are needed.

TX-96 on April 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM