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April 10, 2019

Trump promised a new trade policy....

By Stanley Greenberg. This article appeared on the Washington Post website on April 10, 2019. Donald Trump disrupted the 2016 election and won many...
January 24, 2019

First national poll shows...

Unsurprisingly, our first survey of 2019, conducted during the government shutdown, shows those saying the country is on the wrong track up sharply...
November 16, 2018

Democrats won big embracing strong...

Many vulnerable Republicans hoped that the GDP and jobs numbers and their signature legislative accomplishment, the tax cut, would persuade voters to...

Republican Party Project
Trump's campaign united & polarized the GOP
Wednesday, December 12 2018

President Trump made immigration the top reason to vote against Democrats among all off-year voters and succeeded in making the Democrats’ support of “open borders and sanctuary cities” the top reason to oppose them in every faction of the GOP, including the Moderates. That ugly campaign successfully raised hostility to immigrants and foreignness and pushed up President Trump’s “strong approval” with all types of Republicans. But critically, the divisive ultra-nationalist campaign was a step too far for some in the GOP. The 2018 campaign pushed some Republicans not to vote or to vote for Democrats, leaving the Republican Party more fractured and polarized. We know this because of the Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund web-panel in 12 contested battleground states which interviewed the same Republican voters before and after the election, including those GOP who pushed back hard against the Tea Party that has dominated the party for a decade.



Trump’s GOP Election Eve
Monday, November 05 2018
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President Donald Trump closed this campaign by warning of the grave danger people posed by criminal and violent immigrants and from the Democratic leaders who support open borders and sanctuary cities.  We think you will find that when the votes are all counted, Trump’s base strategy will cost him in the midterms. Trump’s base strategy has produced an intense anti-Trump reaction among Democrats, the Rising American Electorate of people of color, unmarried women and millennials, and all types of women, but it also produces an ambivalent or hostile reaction among parts of the GOP base. 

A survey database Democracy Corps created with the help partner organizations shows that the Trump has been able to elevate his strong approval and the determination to vote among his Tea Party and Evangelical "Loyalists", but they cannot match the intensity of the strong disapproval and determination to vote among all Democrats. When you look closely at this database, you can see this is a fractured Republican Party which includes some voters who will not vote to defend Trump on Tuesday and even some who will vote for a Democrat. 

Before the results come in, we want you to have this close up look at the GOP base, based on our database of 6,069 interviews with self-identified Republicans conducted since April, half conducted in the past 2 months. This database includes responses from an on-going web-panel of Republicans in the battleground sponsored by Women’s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund, the first wave of which was conducted in September. The second wave among the same GOP panel participants is in the field now and will be released after the election. 




The GOP Civil War: The Kavanaugh Confirmation & John McCain
Tuesday, October 09 2018

President Donald Trump has chosen to crudely heat up the culture war to get his base to erase the Democratic advantage heading into the midterms. The President, Brett Kavanaugh, and most Senate Republicans have made white men a victim of a dominant PC culture giving greater claims to women and professional women in particular. To fully understand how Trump and McConnell’s “push through it” partisanship will impact the midterms, keep in mind that the major studies from Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund have found that the GOP is fractured and polarized.



Conflicted Catholic Conservative Republicans
Monday, October 01 2018
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One-fifth of Republicans are conservative or observant Catholics and look like the history of industrialized America that took pro-life, socially conservative, patriotic Catholics into the Republican Party, particularly in the Midwest and Northeast. That is why we conducted one of our focus groups for the Trump-GOP project among Catholic conservative men from Macomb County, Michigan. The participants reflected that history: seven-in-ten were 50 or older, making them the oldest voters in the GOP base, and they held traditional blue color jobs in the auto-industry, mechanics, and construction.

With the importance of their pro-life position and President Trump addressing the trade issue, none of these voters entertained voting for Democrats in 2018, but many felt less motivated to keep Democrats out of power and to defend Donald Trump. In 2020, half said they would be open to voting for a third-party challenger if someone like John Kasich, who better reflects their Catholic values, ran against the president.





2018 Targets in Trump’s GOP
Thursday, September 06 2018
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The Trump presidency has created serious opportunities for agile progressives to target and deliver messages to a fractured and demoralized GOP. This is the conclusion of Democracy Corps’ new national online message test of 1,200 Republican registered voters, numerous Catalist voter-file matched phone surveys, and focus groups among the factions of the GOP.

Fully 40 percent of the GOP base are part of factions that are unenthusiastic about President Trump and one-quarter may be targeted in these final 60 days before the midterm. These targets may be identified by demographic variables, partisanship, and ideological identity – including by the existing models available to progressives on Catalist’s voter-file. They want leaders who will be a check on Donald Trump and are responsive to messages demanding a less divisive politics.




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