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April 26, 2017
Poll Shows GOP Must Follow Through
on Conservative Agenda to Retain Majority

Washington, D.C.: Eagle Forum, the pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly in 1975, urges the GOP leaders to heed the warning signaled by a new McLaughlin and Associates poll:  Conservative ideas are winning, but conservative candidates are currently at a disadvantage because of a crisis of confidence. Simply put, liberal voters are energized because they believe their leaders will follow through. Conservative voters aren’t because they don’t.

The poll, of 1,000 likely voters was comprised of 33% Republicans, 36% Democrats, and 31% Independents, 53% females and 47% male found:

  • 80% of voters agree that “the America traditions of freedom and individual rights are being threatened by growing social movements, public bullying, and increasing political violence.”
  • 52% of voters oppose sanctuary states and cities is at 52%, including 77% of Republicans and 54% of Independents.
  • When given a choice, between smaller bills with more scrutiny of each government program and giant all-or-nothing spending bills like the Omnibus that the GOP just passed, 58% of voters, including 60% of Republicans, 61% of Independents, and 58% of conservatives preferred the smaller bill approach. Only 20% liked the Omnibus approach.These figures indicate that there is still overwhelming support for the conservative promises that led to victories in the 2016 elections. However:
  • Only 15% of Republicans trusted their own party to carry out their promises, and that dropped to 9% among the conservative base, while a whopping 65% of Democrats trusted their party to do what they say they will do.

Not only do voters distrust Republicans’ willingness to carry out their electoral promises, the poll indicated that 46% of voters overall believe the Republican leadership is “supporting the swamp that President Trump promised to drain.”

The good news is that the poll also showed that the doomsday electoral predictions for the GOP are greatly exaggerated. Even with the Democrat oversampling:

  • The generic ballot for Congress in the November election is essentially tied at 44% for the Democrats and 43% for Republicans.

“We urge GOP leadership to break the pattern that has demoralized conservative voters and forfeited conservative majorities for decades, and to start keeping your promises!” said Eagle Forum President Eunie Smith.

For more information and to review the poll in its entirety, click here.