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Resurgent Republic: GOP should run against VAT, one-party control, terror trials

Resurgent Republic, the 501(c)3 survey firm run by former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie and Republican pollster Whit Ayres and Leslie Sanchez, held a well-attended launch for their latest memo -- chock full of good news for conservatives. The poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted April 25-27, went after a sample that was 36 percent Democrats and 32 percent Republicans.

I sometimes think the popularity and polling frequency of Rasmussen Reports -- which does not use live callers, unlike Resurgent Republic -- has reduced the impact of surveys like these. RR finds a 50-41 unfavorable rating for Democrats in Congress (compared with 47-40 for Republicans) and a 4-point, 42-38 lead for Republicans on the generic ballot. That shouldn't come as a surprise to devotees of Rasmussen. But RR is able to frame its results as suggested messages for GOP candidates. And here are five arguments they suggest:

"Democrats in control of both the White House and Congress have concentrated too much power in one party's hands. Operating without a check and balance on their actions, Congress and the White House are passing too many taxes, too much spending, and too much debt instead of focusing on job creation."

"A value added tax is a bad policy our nation cannot afford. It will add a massive hidden tax on families, increase the price of almost everything and hurt job creation."

"The health care reform plan passed by Congress will increase premiums, health care costs, taxes, and the federal deficit, while decreasing quality of care."

"Holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay helps protect America by keeping terrorists in custody who would kill Americans overseas."

"Providing 9/11 terrorists an open trial in civilian court is a bad idea. It gives terrorists the same rights as American citizens and weakens our national security."

By David Weigel  |  May 4, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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