A New Poll Shows The GOP’s Amazing Lack Of Diversity

ted-cruz-tea-party-oath-keepersThere’s no other way to spin this poll; the Republican Party has a severe diversity issue on their hands. Of course, this won’t stop them from adding possibly even more seats in the House and perhaps maintaining control of the Senate – but it won’t give them the White House. Barring some miraculous turn out the vote event in 2016 where the left shakes off their collective apathy, the GOP will stay in power and just enough electoral votes will keep their presidential candidate out of the Oval Office once again.


A major contributing factor to the gridlock and hostile partisan atmosphere in Washington today was revealed in a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll. The results speak for themselves:

Ninety-five percent of self-identified Republican primary voters are white. That’s among the findings of the latest Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll, as well as that 74% of all Americans age 18 and older are white, a figure that tracks with census data. This means that heading into 2016, the Republican primary electorate is dramatically less diverse than the country overall. The GOP primary electorate is even less diverse than the country was in 1916, when 91% of the voting-age population was white, according to historical census data. (Source)

Many Republicans will point to lawmakers like Mia Love, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott or Ted Cruz and say, “Look, we’re a party of diversity!” But when you look at the polling data, it’s clear that it isn’t a diverse demographic that is picking their candidates. (In case you’re wondering, Bobby Jindal was not included because not even his own state wants him any more, let alone the Republican National Committee.) Instead of trying to be more inclusive and welcome more people under the big tent, Republicans like Senator David Vitter are pushing legislation that further promotes the image of the GOP as being the party of old, white people with no workable ideas and a whole lot of animosity for folks who aren’t like them.

While getting even some of the most extreme candidates elected to state legislatures and Congress remains a relatively easy task, short of a horrific scandal befalling a Democratic presidential hopeful, there’s almost zero hope of a Republican taking the White House. The GOP just cannot do it these days based on the national demographics which they represent less and less every election cycle. This is a party that says that racism is dead in America, then turns around and accuses minorities or the government of being the oppressors of whites, Christians and heterosexuals, which conveniently happens to be a big portion of their base.


So how is it that Republicans keep winning and how do they send people to Washington like Tom Cotton, who makes Michele Bachmann or Louie Gohmert seem relatively sane in comparison? Why do we see a party that represents an ever-shrinking portion of the United States waging all-out war on decades of progress for women’s reproductive rights and worker protections? How do they manage to hold power in Congress despite single digit approval ratings and the inability to govern better than a 3 year old throwing a temper tantrum? This is a Republican Congress that can’t even pass a bi-partisan, anti-trafficking law because they just had to slip an amendment in about abortion. That’s how completely beholden to their extremist base they are, so why isn’t America relegating this party to the junkyard of history?

It’s actually pretty simple. All Republicans have to do is continue to turn out the vote in swing districts while counting on the apathy of the left. Sure, we get all hopey and changey when there’s a presidential election (at least the last two times), but then we forget or don’t bother to show up for local or state elections. Change isn’t built from the top down, it’s built from the bottom up. Unless we start participating in local and state politics instead of just showing up every four years, then we can continue to watch our rights eroded thanks to a small block of Republican primary voters, and our own apathy.




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  • Jim Bean

    It serves as a testament of the Dem’s and MSM’s success in dividing the makers and the takers.

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      You’re right. Dems are better at being the makers since 8 out of top 10 economically success are blue states (all are in top five) while 9 out of bottom 10 worst economies are deep red states and same stats have shown that red states are takers.

      Oh by the way someone stole my rabbit tail. Be careful, ant, I might step on you “accidentally”.

      • Jim Bean

        Did you subtract for indebtedness and unfunded liabilities? http://www.businessinsider.com/the-10-most-debt-ridden-states-in-america-2011-10#10-connecticut-10

        Did you account for the fact that, by a two to one margin, the folks getting the aid in those states identify as blue Democrats? http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/12/the-politics-and-demographics-of-food-stamp-recipients/

        If I see you’re tail I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, make sure its not stuck between your legs.

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        Business insider is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Learn to provide the appropriate sites that doesn’t have any links to Rupert because his networks are rated #1 for most liar of all.

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        And your attempt to link me to pewresearch, the most partisan site intent to shed the negative light on Democrats and blue state is like monkey throwing the feces at me. You really thought I would be fooled with your ignominies? Pewresearch is heavily funded by Rupert Murdoch, Koch bros, and shocker for your small brain, royal family of the House of Saud.

      • Jim Bean

        And the Clintons are funded by countries who mistreat women. Does that smell like feces to you, too?

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        You ‘assume’ that I’m one of Clinton supporters. Unlike you and your people, we don’t go for political dynasty.

      • congero

        And Fox is partly owned by a Saudi so?

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        Pewresearch is also on google’s top five most partisan ‘think tank’ that clearly favors Republicans and wealth people.

      • Jim Bean

        Are you saying you have evidence the numbers are wrong? Or are you just trying to change the subject?

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        I merely pointe out to your weak counter argument because pewresearch is think tank known for directly attacking on Democrats and it’s policies.

      • Jim Bean

        I’ve never yet encountered a source of data that was unfriendly to Left wing ideology that Liberals didn’t have a problem with. Since the odds that everyone who disagrees with them is always wrong is remote, I’ll stick with the data until something credible contradicts it.

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        To begin with you don’t have any credentials at all. You finally provided the links yet it led to absolute partisan sites that clearly favored Republicans and the rich.

      • congero

        Well since you’ve never seen it . lol

      • congero

        No just that something is skewered and maybe the respondents didn’t answer truthfully. From your pew link:

        “But when the political lens shifts from partisanship to ideology, the participation gap vanishes. Self-described political conservatives were no more likely than liberals or moderates to have received food stamps (17% for each group), according to the survey.”

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        Also business insider will be ranked much lower in near-future Google new search list, won’t even crack top 50.

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        😀

      • congero

        From your link:

        But when the political lens shifts from partisanship to ideology, the participation gap vanishes. Self-described political conservatives were no more likely than liberals or moderates to have received food stamps (17% for each group), according to the survey.

        How is Kansas doing?

    • congero

      So you think people are not smart enough to figure they are being exploited? Matter of fact your statement is smack full of division.

      “It serves as a testament of the Dem’s and MSM’s success in dividing the makers and the takers.” JB

      Just like your racism your classicism just comes naturally.

      • Jim Bean

        Most economically dissatisfied people vote Democrat(ic) and that’s because that Party has convinced them they are totally committed to making them just as economically satisfied as those who traditionally vote Republican.

        If you don’t think that says everything that needs to be said, then no amount of ‘saying’ will ever lift you out of the fog.

      • congero

        That’s some stupid shit. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you’re working more hours, for less pay, with no job security,no vacation or sick pay etc. while CEO is making 4-500 times your pay and when the company goes belly up the CEO gets bailed out while you end up on the unemployment lines to know you’re being exploited and the system is not working for you. Just ask those ex employees of ENRON. Better yet just look who got bailed out and who got the shaft in the bailout of Wall St.last great recession. No one has tell anyone that their wages have stagnated even while their productivity has increased and that their share of the pie has shrunk while company’s profit. Wall St. soars but many are just getting by because of trickle down policies. I am not the one in the fog. I see clearly

      • Gidawdah

        “Winter In America”

      • congero

        Lol. The truth brother. Thanks for stopping and saying hi. The best to you and yours always. Peace!

      • Gidawdah

        Right back atcha!
        🙂

      • Gidawdah

        The trollbaits are loose!
        What else is new?
        lol !

      • congero

        I’ve noticed a few new ones on MM’s. Lol

      • Gidawdah

        Yep; have been going back and forth with a guy who thinks Mark Levin is a scholar.
        It never ends.

      • congero

        Really? Wow! Be careful they like to say outrageous things to keep a back and forth going only to flag your comments. I speak from experience. Lol.

      • Gidawdah

        Yeah.

      • floridadirtdauber

        hey G, its gentleman jim. being trying to contact you. mm won’t let me play there anymore. just sayin hi!

  • I-RIGHT-I

    The GOP are a bunch of stuck on stupid Third Way Progressives following the Democrats down a mutually predetermined and agreeable garden path. They’ve been doing this for the better part of 50 years with brief attacks of conscience that lasts until they get in office. They always agree on the big earth shattering issues and it’s always a net negative effect on our entire country.

    I’m not buying the good guy bad guy routine anymore.

    • Brewblaz

      They’re basically aging ovethehill baby boomers whose future is negligible until they seriously try to appeal to a larger segment of the population & eliminate their Tea Party mentality, and reconnect with the moderate republican base.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Reasonable men can disagree but if you want to be right you’ll agree with me. lol
        You’re not one of those though are you? There is no “moderate” Republican base, not any more. We’re all armed and extremely pissed off White Folk. That’s the base babe.

      • Brewblaz

        I know and that’s the problem, I mean I want to return to those republican roots…states rights,limited federal intervention,balanced budget,aid to small business..but with the Tea Party ilk, I just can’t ….its like being stuck in the middle without a mobile…dammit I’m the one the GOP should be appealing to and it just isn’t happenig; last election I ashamedly stayed home, and I’ve never done that before, you’re right, I’m the exception, I’m pissed off in the middle!
        Y

      • I-RIGHT-I

        That’s a bad spot to be in the middle…

  • Bar Baxter

    If the Gop & TP had any principles, they would split into two parties. But they will never do that, b/c they know NEITHER of them could win alone. As long as they stick together, they will continue to be the Stupid Party/ Racist Party/ War Party/ Corporate Party. One day their voters, who are also their victims (but too dumb to realize that) will wake up, scratch their heads & ask, “What have we done to ourselves?” By then, it will be too late–and they will blame all their mistakes on Obama, of course.