A new NBC/WSJ poll has all bad news for Republicans. They earned it.
Among the choices 70% of Republicans used to describe the presidential primary fight were: “unenthusiastic,” “discouraged,” “lesser of two evils,” “painful,” “disappointed,” “poor choices,” “concerned,” “underwhelmed,” “uninspiring” and “depressed.”
Four in 10 of all adults say the GOP nominating process has given them a less favorable impression of the Republican Party, versus just slightly more than one in 10 with a more favorable opinion.
Additionally, when asked to describe the GOP nominating battle in a word or phrase, nearly 70 percent of respondents – including six in 10 independents and even more than half of Republicans – answered with a negative comment.
This explains one reason why a few days ago George Will wrote a column saying that Republicans should concentrate on the House and Senate contests. Looking at the presidential race right now, and the chances of beating Pres. Obama, it’s no race, with few chances, at all.
“President Obama is probably in the best political shape he’s been in since his initial year as president,” says Hart, the Democratic pollster.