If Two Are Viewed as Equally Strong, Voters Prefer Democrat

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    Aug 19, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    NYT: The George Washington University political scientist Danny Hayes' research shows that American voters rate two candidates as equally strong leaders (meaning the Democrat has erased his party’s usual deficit on this trait), they break roughly 60 percent to 40 percent in favor of the Democrats. Conversely, among voters who rate a Republican candidate and a Democratic one as equally empathetic, the G.O.P. wins with about 65 percent.

    FOR years, conservative politicians have been charged with indifference toward the plight of the poor and vulnerable. Republicans are accused of caring more about hedge fund managers than people who trim hedges, and when pollsters ask questions like “Who cares more about people like you?,” Democrats consistently come out on top. Hayes has found that Americans, by significant margins, believe that empathy and compassion are traits “owned” by Democrats.

    Most Republicans acknowledge this because they don’t win on empathy and compassion, they’ll concede, but they have a lock on some other traits. Research by Mr. Hayes shows that most voters instinctively associate morality and strong leadership with the political right.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/opinion/breaking-out-of-the-party-box.html?ref=opinion
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    Aug 21, 2014 7:47 AM GMT
    I'm not surprised by this. Unfortunately, the Republicans have done so much damage to their brand because of racism infesting their party and showing itself during the Presidency of Barack Obama, I'm not sure how long it will be before their party recovers. They have alienated so many groups all because of their hatred for the President. Actually, I don't like this state of affairs. We voters need to have more than one party to trust to be responsible for the government. Now it only seems like the Democrat party is a responsible party that's not willing to destroy the entire country because of a President that will be gone in a couple of years. I used vote for both Democrat and Republican candidates in the past depending upon what I thought of each person, but after seeing the Republican party these last few years under this President, I'm not sure how long it will be before I vote for another Republican. I don't like the Democrats all that much either. They have some hypocritical things about their party that I don't like. But my god, the Republicans have been willing to kill all of us to hurt this one man. He's just one president and he will be gone because our founders and legislators were wise people when it comes to any President. 8 years and you have to go. lol