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Poll: two thirds haven't heard of Pledge to America

News of Republican congressional candidates' "Pledge to America" has not broken though, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Only about a third of Americans are familiar with the new GOP document; fully two-thirds express no knowledge of the conservative framework that proposes to reduce the size of government and reform Congress.

In a memo sent out to candidates today, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich cites the Pledge as a central component to the GOP's closing argument in the campaign's final weeks.

Yet, only 37 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of conservatives say they've heard of the 21-page policy agenda, which was rolled out with some fanfare two weeks ago. More college educated Americans, 53 percent, are familiar with it.

In the fall of 1994, when Gingrich and congressional Republicans released the "Contract with America," an October Pew poll showed it registering with 29 percent of the country.

Overall, 23 percent of those now familiar with the pledge say it makes them more likely to support Republican candidates this fall; in fact, 29 percent say it will make them less likely, and 45 percent say it will make no difference in their vote.

Among partisans who have heard about the pledge, half of Republicans say it will make them more likely to vote Republican, while nearly the same proportion of Democrats say it will make them less likely to support the GOP. About half of independents, 51 percent, who have heard about the pledge say it won't make a difference to their vote, with the rest tilting negative (30 percent are less apt to vote GOP as a result; 17 percent moreso).

Even half of those Americans who have heard of the Pledge and who think the stimulus spending was wasted say the conservative framework will have no impact on their vote in November.

Q. Did you happen to hear about Republican congressional candidates signing something called a "Pledge to America" that pledges them to keep certain campaign promises if they are elected, or haven't you heard about this?

               Heard   Didn't hear   No opin.
All            34        66          *
Republicans    37        63          *
Conservatives  35        64          *
College grad   53        47          *

Q. Does this pledge make you more likely to vote for Republican candidates this fall, less likely to vote for Republican candidates this fall, or doesn't it matter to you?

Asked of those aware of the Pledge

                More   Less   Doesn't matter   No opinion
All             23     29          45              3
Republicans     50      2          47              1
Democrats        9     52          33              6
Independents    17     30          51              1
Stimulus wasted 32     15          50              2

By Kyle Dropp  | October 5, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, Polls, Post Polls, Republican Party  | Tags:  Congress, election 2010, gingrich, midterms, pledge to ameica, republicans  
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If you remember the 1994 mid-term Republican coup... Contract with America... but all we got were sleazebags Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff... some deal.

The GOP’s Intellectual Dishonesty Regarding Bush Tax Cuts
Republicans say that tax cuts for the wealthy must be extended to protect the economy and small businesses, even though neither would be affected by their lapse.
http://tinyurl.com/2cgltuc

So How Did the Bush Tax Cuts Work Out for the Economy?
With the 2008 income tax data we can assess the fulfillment of the Republican promise that tax cuts would produce widespread prosperity by looking at all the years of the George W. Bush presidency.

Just as they did in 2000, the Republicans are running this year on an economic platform of tax cuts, especially making the tax cuts permanent for the richest among us. So how did the tax cuts work out?

Total income was $2.74 trillion less during the eight Bush years than if incomes had stayed at 2000 levels.

Average incomes fell. Average taxpayer income was down $3,512, or 5.7 percent, in 2008 compared with 2000, President Bush's own benchmark year for his promises of prosperity through tax cuts.

Had incomes stayed at 2000 levels, the average taxpayer would have earned almost $21,000 more over those eight years. -- http://tiny.cc/la63czz62v

Posted by: kkrimmer | October 5, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I the words of Nelson Muntz Ha-ha

Posted by: crrobin | October 5, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Just more of the same old Republican smoke, snake oil and twisting of the facts.
It's obvious from the poll results that folks, in general, see this latest bit of bull for what it is.

Posted by: mikie44 | October 5, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Two thirds of Americans don't pay any attention to politics, except for Presidential election season. I'm not the least bit surprised.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | October 5, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

There was nothing original and inspiring in the Republican's pledge. They only pledges to take the country back. Don't underestimate the electorate .... they see through political gimmicks, whichever party engages in them.

Posted by: nitellub | October 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The pledge is a pledge to lower taxes and reduce spending. My comment: GOP, give us the SPECIFIC numbers. How much will you cut entitlements (Social Security and Medicare). How many military bases and defense plants will you close in how many states? How will you get Senators and representatives from both parties to quit earmarking for their own states, their own bridges to nowhere? And how much will you truly have to raise taxes on ordinary people to lower them on the rich and still bring the deficit in check.

Be SPECIFIC! Give us the dollars and cents of how you will do this.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Well when the mainstream media refuses to acknoledge let alone report what one party says or does, Unless it is to mock it. It is not a surprise it is so unknown. The media would rather cover where Obama ate lunch at than acknoledge the concept that anyone besides them has an idea.

Posted by: jjeffery | October 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Republicans aren't touting it because it extremely contradictory and it doesn't jib with previous claims and statements made by the Republicans.

Republicans have spent the past 2 years practicing demagoguery and misinformation.

They have nothing to offer this country in the way of ideas or even intelligence.

The GOP has concentrated on nothing more than breaking the spirit of the Democrat Party which they couldn't do.

You think the GOP would have learned that, after all this time, that trying to break people's spirit never worked before and it won't work now.

All the GOP has left are buzz words, but no plans and no ideas.


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

This was another cover which Boehner held up but like all GOP "plans" and "promises" there was nothing on the pages. Afterwards several Republicans even admitted it "was nothing new."

But you gotta give 'em credit for consistency--they have trotted out the same old crap election after election at least since the days of Goldwater!

Posted by: Prakosh | October 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Pledge that dusty stuff from 1994?

In fact, didn't Comrade Boehner use the exact same words in 1994?

Which means it wasn't a pledge - it was a REPEATING of PROVEN LIES - cause during the more than a decade of Republicans controlling Congress they ran up the deficit and were proven LIARS.

Posted by: WillSeattle | October 5, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If the Dems keep working hard and are able to keep the extremist Republican party from taking over the House this fall, it will be devastating for the right. The Wingnuts have been dancing in the end zone, thumping their chests and bloviating about dominating the upcoming election for months now. If they fall short it will be seen as an EPIC FAIL of such large proportions that even the Right Wing Noise Machine won't be able to spin it as a win for them.

My entire motivation for GOTV this fall is in keeping that dried up piece of Beef Jerky (John Boehner) from becoming the Speaker of the House.

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Posted by: DrainYou | October 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I heard about THE PLEDGE TO AMERICA, but I haven't read it. But no pollsters called me, since I use a cell phone with an unlisted number. All I know about THE PLEDGE TO AMERICA was reported on this newspaper. Another report says GOP operatives are not paying much attention to it. so why would "regular" reasonable folks read THE PLEDGE TO AMERICA?

If the party of NO can't read THE PLEDGE, and the "people" can't read it, so does it make any noise in the woods?

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jimmyzuma | October 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The Pledge was desinged to be bathroom reading. After you read it, leave it there. You never know when you run out of toilet paper.

Only in America - a party screws up big time, tosses a red herring in the name of The Pledge, only a dozen Republicans "sign" it, a majority of the other Republicans don't know about it, and a majority of the other Republicans do not think The Pledge makes any difference - and that party is supposed to win the elections! Only in America!

Posted by: kishorgala | October 5, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

When Reagan ran for office in 1980 he said that the nations debt of $900+ billion was to much. He was able to get his tax cuts passed and then signed spending bills to greatly increase spending. The same policies went on during Bush I's tenure. When their terms ended in 1993 the debt had increased to $4+ trillion. The 'growing' of the economy was really the growing of the
debt. When Bush II and the GOP Congress cut taxes to 'return some of the money to taxpayers who are paying to much' and leave some of the surplus to 'pay down some of the debt' our nations debt was $5+ trillion. In six years
it was $10+ trillion. Although I am in total disagreement with the Democrats 'tax and spend policies' it is the 'borrow and
spend' policies of the GOP that runs up the debt.
Look up the history of the nations debt and it will show that Republican Administrations are responsible for most of our current debt. When did 'conservative' come to mean that 'borrow and spend' is conservative?

Posted by: jslivesay | October 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

When Reagan ran for office in 1980 he said that the nations debt of $900+ billion was to much. He was able to get his tax cuts passed and then signed spending bills to greatly increase spending. The same policies went on during Bush I's tenure. When their terms ended in 1993 the debt had increased to $4+ trillion. The 'growing' of the economy was really the growing of the
debt. When Bush II and the GOP Congress cut taxes to 'return some of the money to taxpayers who are paying to much' and leave some of the surplus to 'pay down some of the debt' our nations debt was $5+ trillion. In six years
it was $10+ trillion. Although I am in total disagreement with the Democrats 'tax and spend policies' it is the 'borrow and
spend' policies of the GOP that runs up the debt.
Look up the history of the nations debt and it will show that Republican Administrations are responsible for most of our current debt. When did 'conservative' come to mean that 'borrow and spend' is conservative?

Posted by: jslivesay | October 5, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer,that is the motto of the GOP party. I am one of the poor and can't get ahead. The GOP has always been for the rich and the DEMS are for the middle class. The last thing I want is to have to listen to that awful Boehner on TV everynight after the elections. So people of America, get out and vote all the GOP people out of office. That man is a thorn in everyone's behind. I can't stand to look at him and I was born in OHIO. He wouldn't be my choice. He is a nasty nasty person.

Posted by: kathlenemadson | October 5, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

That's not bad seeing as how 95% of the Dem's refuse to even say the pledge of allegiance

Posted by: mandinka2 | October 5, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Newt doesn't get it. "The Pledge" (then called "The Contract" was a campaign closer in 1994 when there were still a few people capable of an honest discussion of issues in the Republican Party. In 2010, the only campaign closers that will charge up the new Republican base are:

1. Obama is a Muslim
2. Move the Ground Zero Mosque
3. Health Care Reform = Death Panels

Posted by: exco | October 5, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I personally don't think it matters weather there is a pledge or not,by eiher party!............You only have three choices that you end up with anyway!
(1)-Vote For Democrats!
(2)-Vote For Republicans!
(3)-Or Not Vote At All!.............Which Explains Low Voter Turnout!

Posted by: AmITheOnlyOne | October 5, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Mandinka2 said: "That's not bad seeing as how 95% of the Dem's refuse to even say the pledge of allegiance"

Oh but we know Mandinka2 says the Pledge of Allegiance because Mandinka2 is a Republican and Republicans are the Only True American Patriots. Never mind that they send young Americans of both political parties off to fight wars based on lies. Their status as the Only True American Patriots exempts them from the truth. If they choose to say that 95% of Democrats refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance, they can. If they choose to say that there are Weapons of Mass Destruction are hidden somewhere in Iraq, they can. If they choose to say that making health care accessible to more Americans is a Communist plot, they can. If they choose to say that a president elected by the majority of Americans is a foreign-born Manchurian Candidate, they can.

Yes, they can say all of these things because they are the self-proclaimed Chosen Ones. All we have to do is ignore them and show up at the polls and the nation will be safe from their delusions for a few more years.

Posted by: exco | October 5, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Mandinka2 said: "That's not bad seeing as how 95% of the Dem's refuse to even say the pledge of allegiance"

Oh but we know Mandinka2 says the Pledge of Allegiance because Mandinka2 is a Republican and Republicans are the Only True American Patriots. Never mind that they send young Americans of both political parties off to fight wars based on lies. Their status as the Only True American Patriots exempts them from the truth. If they choose to say that 95% of Democrats refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance, they can. If they choose to say that there are Weapons of Mass Destruction are hidden somewhere in Iraq, they can. If they choose to say that making health care accessible to more Americans is a Communist plot, they can. If they choose to say that a president elected by the majority of Americans is a foreign-born Manchurian Candidate, they can.

Yes, they can say all of these things because they are the self-proclaimed Chosen Ones. Fortunately, all the rest of us have to do is ignore them and show up at the polls. The nation will be safe from their delusions for a few more years.

Posted by: exco | October 5, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

EXIT POLLS SHOWED 75% KNEW NOTHING OF CWA IN 1994. ONLY 8% SAID IT AFFECTED THEIR VOTE.

Posted by: CSWINNEY2TRIADRRCOM | October 5, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse


The Pledge -- untrustworthy verbiage. The House minority leader and several score other GOP Members signed on the Contract with America and gave their sacred word to the Contract's provisions, including term limits. A few kept their Contractual obligations and sacred word. Most did not, including the House minority leader. He and the other Members who did not fulfill the Contract and broke their sacred word should make good now by immediately resigning. If they do not, the GOP should run ads calling for voters to vote these dishonorable Members out of office.

How refreshing it would be to have a party and its candidates keep their contractual obligations and adhere to their sacred word. The GOP might well win in a landslide.

Posted by: jimb | October 5, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

This particular pledge was out of date before the ink dried. Was "it" presented in a calm, polite manner? Yes. Did it leave out some important stuff? Yep. To me, it looks like the old GOP from 2002 through 2008. So sorry for you. Wouldn't wanna' be ya'.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | October 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Could you be more specific on the elements of the pledge? (I don't subscribe to a daily newspaper.)

Posted by: treedbrent | October 5, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

That most Republicans have not even heard of the Pledge, most less read it, is not surprising in this emotionally charged and highly opinionated atmosphere.

Most of those who attack what they derisively call "Obamacare," for one example, would not recgognize the actual title of the new law, much much less have a clue as to its actual provisions.

This lack of seriousness may also be applied to the Democrats who, if they knew the actual content of the legislation achieved during the past two years of this administration, would be better prepared to argue its merits.

Both sides appear to be too busy with exchanging misinformation and mudslinging to reason with each other like informed adults.

Just proves the old saw about empty cans making the most noise.

Posted by: castleb | October 5, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The summation of the Republican 'Pledge to America' is changing the Constitution to read, '--------Government of Big-Business, by Big-Business, and for Big-Business'----.

Posted by: kacameron | October 5, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

It means absolutely nothing when you consider that Obama sat in Reverend Wright's church for 20 years and heard no racist, incendiary messages from the Wright's lecturn. Oh and maybe the pledge will be inacted before some actually get to read it.

Posted by: davispope | October 5, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Republicans should thank their lucky stars that 2/3rds of America haven't heard of the "Pledge to Nowhere" (as Erick Erickson of redstate.com named it).

If you want to know just how intellectually bankrupt and devoid of solutions the goobers are, read the "Pledge to Nowhere."

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | October 5, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Newt's Contract ON America was mostly funded by the Koch Brothers and their agenda is simple: We keep or billions, promote racism and homophobia and instill fear within the working classes while laughing all the way to the bank.

The PLAGUE on America--like The Who's We Won't Get Fooled Again:
Meet the Old Boss
Same as the New Boss

It's still the Koch Brothers and their billions and hopefully the majority of Americans are smart enough to know it.

Posted by: suec716 | October 6, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Well when the mainstream media refuses to acknoledge let alone report what one party says or does, Unless it is to mock it. It is not a surprise it is so unknown. The media would rather cover where Obama ate lunch at than acknoledge the concept that anyone besides them has an idea.

Posted by: jjeffery
-------------------------------------------Are you high or is your short-term memory obliterated for another reason? The Post provided in-depth coverage of the release of the "Pledge to America." Need evidence? Plug "Pledge to America" in the search bar of the Washington Post home page. Duh.

Posted by: binaryboy | October 6, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

TO: jjeffery who wrote:
“Well when the mainstream media refuses to acknoledge let alone report what one party says or does, Unless it is to mock it. It is not a surprise it is so unknown. The media would rather cover where Obama ate lunch at than acknoledge the concept that anyone besides them has an idea.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^

Where were you, in another coma? It not only was covered by WaPo, but everyone all over the Sunday talk show circuit discussed it.

Here’s the short form version of the Republican Pledge:

“We’re going to continue to do the same things we’ve always done, and hope for a different outcome.”

Got it? Good.


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 6, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, let's take a closer look at those numbers. 23% of Reps, 17% of Independents and maybe as high as 50% of Dems (wow, really? - cool). That's a nice 90% estimated to vote Rep. See? Everyone can tweak stats to say whatever you want. Polls and percentages are about as useful as a warm bucket of hamster vomit.

Posted by: LieToMe | October 6, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Where is the beef?"

All fuzzy math, woolly headed, feel good and not one spread sheet to show where all these magical savings are coming from.

Now I would like to do some political profiling. Ten years ago the GOP promised to cut spending. Results? Two unpaid for wars, a prescription drug (company welfare) give away and the income gap has sky rocketed to 1920s proportion.

What do they take me from, a mushroom? I really wish the GOP would take a laxative; they would disappear.

Posted by: stanassc | October 6, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jimmyzuma | October 6, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's something ELSE people haven't heard:


GOP stimulus love fest exposed

Despite their public condemnations of the economic stimulus plan approved last year, hundreds of Republican officials have been discovered holding secret crushes on this legislation, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The plan was approved with near-unanimous opposition from Republican lawmakers, yet interviews with Republican staffers, leaked documents and even public statements indicate that members of the GOP have been gushing over the stimulus since its inception.

Hints of a Republican love affair with the stimulus surfaced last week when a notebook owned by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) was found in the hallway outside his Congressional office.

(continued….)
http://www.thechicagodope.com/2010/10/04/gop-stimulus-love-fest-exposed/

Posted by: Mikeystyle | October 7, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

What a bummer!

Now, if ONLY one third of American had heard of Obamacare, the Democrats would have a real chance in November.

LOL

Posted by: TECWRITE | October 7, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t!” (Mark Twain)

The apathetic Democrats nomothetic visible nonallelic action is positively shocking; defying all logic, espousing apathy towards the critical upcoming election; an election that can help to define us, for who we really are, especially for 95% of the population.

The ubiquitous Republican Politicians promulgating “Nirvana,” that has certainly become a paroxysm for the Republicans, Independents; some Democrats, and consisting of about 20% Latinos, is even more astonishing.

The ostentatious contagion of Republican and Tea Party Candidates’ hypnosis to become elected Politicians and or seeking coronation from their present position, all the while denouncing Government, are really “Basilisks,” banking on the ignorance and anger of the Paschal Lambs intertwined with the Lions girth, to propel them into office by either voting for them and in the case of the Democrats, not voting.

These Basilisks are convinced that you are not cognizant that “Nirvana” is a goal hoped for but not attainable, hence the reason why Mr. Grouch, Mitch McConnell, and the Tan-Man, John Boehner are trying harder than ever, to sell you; “their internecine Pledge to America.”

We must not forget the Putsch Independents who change their minds as frequently as the Sun rises and sets. Independents like the Republicans complain that the Government is too big, but yet blame the Government for everything, including the sick adulterated minds of the extremists and the religious fanatics; that call themselves, “Candidates for the people!” The rebellion which is an ebullition in the Independents has no foundation. They are searching for something but what that something is, they cannot discern, and in the like manner, they rebel against they know not what!

These Progenitors efficacious obturation is insatiable, insipid and stupendous!


Posted by: sheriffali | October 8, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

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