Stan Greenberg, James Carville, and Erica Seifert: Inside the GOP: Report on focus groups with Evangelical, Tea Party, and moderate Republicans:
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Understand that the base thinks they are losing politically and losing control of the country--and their starting reaction is “worried,” “discouraged,” “scared,” and “concerned” about the direction of the country--and a little powerless to change course. They think Obama has imposed his agenda, while Republicans in DC let him get away with it…. ￼￼We know that Evangelicals are the largest bloc in the base, with the Tea Party very strong as well. For them, President Obama is a “liar” and “manipulator” who has fooled the country. It is hard to miss the deep disdain—-they say the president is a socialist, the “worst president in history,” and “anti-American.”… Moderates are a quarter of those who identify Republican, and they are very conscious of their discomfort with other parts of the party base. Their distance begins with social issues, like gay marriage and homosexuality, but it is also evident on immigration and climate change. Fiscal conservatives feel isolated…. And while few explicitly talk about Obama in racial terms, the base supporters are very conscious of being white in a country with growing minorities. Their party is losing to a Democratic Party of big government whose goal is to expand programs that mainly benefit minori- ties. Race remains very much alive in the politics of the Republican Party.