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3/22: Conservative Republican Points of Views on Immigration
Released 23 March 2006  By Bobby Eberle - The Loft

Spending Immigration Key Concerns for Conservatives
by Bobby Eberle
March 22, 2006
The Loft

Responses from our recent survey, 'The Pulse of Grassroots Conservatives,' show that there is concern going into the 2006 elections. However, the primary causes of Republican frustration are easily identified and can be corrected by Republican leaders standing strong against the Democrats and staying true to core Republican principles.

The survey was administered to the members of GOPUSA's Grassroots Survey Team. The total number of respondents at time of writing is 2,367.

When asked to name the 'biggest failure for Republican-led Washington,' respondents identified two areas which stood head and shoulders above the rest: government spending and immigration. Government spending was the 'biggest failure' among 49% of the respondents, while immigration garnered 34% of the responses. Energy policy ranked third with 7%.

The results varied somewhat across gender lines, but the rankings remained the same. Men picked government spending and immigration at 52% and 30%, respectively. Women picked the same top two at 44% and 41%, respectively. Eliminating respondents from the border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California did little to change the results, with government spending receiving 50% and immigration receiving 32%. This shows that immigration is a national concern among Republicans and not just a regional one.

The root cause of the problem is the feeling that Republican leaders are not standing strong on the principles upon which they ran for office. 87% of the respondents feel the Republican leadership in Washington has not been strong enough in pushing for conservative legislation and policies. 66% of respondents feel that legislators who are more-or-less Democrats but who run and serve under the Republican label pose a 'very big problem' to the 'advancement of the conservative agenda.' Another 26% felt this situation posed 'somewhat of a problem.'

Republicans simply want legislators to support the Republican platform. This is apparent when respondents were asked to name the 'biggest success for Republican-led Washington.' Overwhelmingly, respondents chose 'Supreme Court justices' at 58%. Next was 'war on terror' with 18%, followed by 'tax cuts' at 17%.

With 50% of the respondents either very worried or somewhat worried about Republican prospects for the 2006 elections, now is the time to right the ship. A simple, straightforward agenda of conservative legislation and policies can motivate the grassroots base into action. The key issue is once the election is done, legislators must live up to their promises and push the agenda forward. There are no more free passes left. We are working hard to elect Republicans, and we expect results.

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