Poll: GOP Faring Badly With Key Voters

‘Persons of color,’ unmarried women and young voters have ‘deep disconnect’ with Republicans.

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A young voter wears her "I voted today" sticker Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Miami.
A young voter wears her "I voted today" sticker Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Miami.

Two-thirds of voters disapprove of the Republicans in Congress and nearly half give negative ratings to the Republican party overall, according to a new poll.

The survey finds a "deep disconnect" with the GOP that's particularly strong within what pollsters call the "Rising American Electorate": unmarried women, "persons of color" and young voters 18 to 29 years old. These groups now comprise 54 percent of the eligible voting population, up from 48 percent last year, the pollsters say.

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Such findings indicate that the GOP's position is just as bad as it was in last November's election, when Republican nominee Mitt Romney lost to President Obama, and is probably worse.

The survey also finds that nearly six in 10 voters give the economy a negative rating and that "pocketbook-level indicators have not improved.

A young voter wears her "I voted today" sticker Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Miami.
A young voter wears her "I voted today" sticker Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Miami.

"More than half of the Rising American Electorate has been forced to cut back spending at the grocery store and almost 40 percent has had to move in with family or had someone move in to save money."

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Nearly 60 percent of unmarried women "do not feel the national political debate is raising issues important to them, which include social insurance benefits, child care, and economic support," according to the survey.

But the news isn't all positive for Democrats. Stan Greenberg, CEO of the Democrat-oriented firm that conducted the poll, says the economy is still very difficult for unmarried women, and many have "pulled back" from their previous political engagement because they don't see their issues being addressed in Washington.

Unmarried women's support for Democrats has dropped from a 32-point advantage to a 23-point one. But single women still strongly dislike the Republicans, says Greenberg, who is the former pollster for President Bill Clinton.

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The poll was conducted for "Women's Voices. Women Vote Action Fund" and Democracy Corps by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.

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  • Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at kwalsh@usnews.com, and followed on Facebook and Twitter.