This morning on CNN’s “Early Start,” Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin zeroed in on Rick Santorum’s latest English first gaffe in Puerto Rico, in conjunction with possible statehood. Using clips of Santorum talking on the subject, it was a damning segment, compliments of the candidate himself. It’s yet another example of the Republican Party’s problem, which is seen in the latest polling.
A Pew Research Center survey reported in the Los Angeles Times earlier this week has the numbers.
“The Republicans really are the party of white people, and especially older white people,” Kohut told reporters as the poll was released. “They’ve done nothing in this campaign to make themselves be more favorably viewed” among other parts of the electorate.
Latinos, for example, view the Republican Party unfavorably by a 2-1 margin (30% favorable, 60% unfavorable). By contrast, Latinos view the Democrats favorably, 56%-31%.
The picture among Americans under 30 is almost as negative, with 34% viewing the GOP favorably, while 53% have an unfavorable view. Their view of Democrats is almost the exact opposite, 54% have a positive view, and 35% negative. Among those with a college degree or more, only 31% said they had a favorable view of the Republicans, while 66% were unfavorable. That group, which was a key to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008, views Democrats favorably by 55%-42%.
The party of Limbaugh is limping along and his recent defamation of yet another female, this time private citizen Sandra Fluke, is a shining example of why.
(LA Times polling piece, h/t wb)
UPDATE: Mitt Romney took the opportunity to make Rick Santorum look culturally ignorant. From ABC News:
“I’ll go back to what I said before … I will support the people of Puerto Rico if they make a decision that they would prefer to become a state,” said Romney. “I don’t have preconditions that I would impose. I instead will stand and work with your governor to help carry out the will of the people of Puerto Rico.”