‘The Republican party is ____________.’

March 10, 2014

At the recently concluded Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Post TV asked attendees to define what the Republican party stood for, using just one word.

Here's what they got.

Those largely positive responses contrast vividly with the one-word reactions to the "Republican party" found in a late 2012 NBC-WSJ survey. As we wrote at the time:

 Asked an open-ended question as to what single word or short phrase people would use to describe the Republican Party, 65 percent of the responses were negative, while just 17 percent were positive. (For Democrats, 35 percent were positive, while 37 percent were negative.) Among the most oft-mentioned phrases used to describe Republicans: "bad/weak/negative" (8 percent), "uncompromising/need to work together" (6 percent) and "broken/disorganized/lost" (6 percent).

Of course, attendees at CPAC are a part of the base of the GOP — albeit more libertarian than the Republican base as a whole. But the disconnect between how at least some Republicans view themselves and how the broader public views them is striking.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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