As the 2024 presidential election cycle heats up, the Republicans are starting to feel the heat too. A new poll from NBC News reveals that if the GOP wants to come out on top in 2024, they’re going to have to work extra hard to win over voters in swing states. We’re talking about those places where you can’t quite figure out if the football fans cheer for the Steelers or the Browns. Yep, those swing states.
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The poll took a look at a bunch of registered voters and Republican primary voters and asked them about a whole bunch of stuff that the GOP presidential candidates have been talking about. Issues like the U.S. southern border, abortion, LGBTQ, and more. This poll gives us a solid picture of what Americans are concerned about and who they might be willing to support. The results might surprise you, or maybe they won’t. Who knows?
Let’s talk about the ongoing disaster at the southern border. It seems that both regular voters and GOP primary voters are pretty fired up about it. And when it comes to stopping the flow of illegal drugs, these people have a solution – send in the military! That’s right, folks. 55% of all voters and a whopping 86% of GOP primary voters said they would support any candidate that wants to put the military on the border. They want those drugs stopped, and they want them stopped now! Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, even came up with a plan to use deadly force against the drug cartels. Talk about a tough stance. The people seem to love it, and the Republican candidates better take note.
Now, on to the least popular issue – messing with Social Security and Medicare. Nobody likes that idea, not even a little bit. Only 12% of all voters and 19% of GOP primary voters said they would support a candidate who wanted to change those benefits. So, good luck if you’re planning on touching those entitlements.
Another thing that’s not a winner with the voters is threatening to financially harm businesses that make statements on LGBTQ issues that some people don’t agree with. Only 12% of the people polled said they would be more likely to support that kind of candidate, while a whopping 70% said they would be less likely. Looks like people don’t want businesses being punished for having different opinions. Take note, Disney.
And let’s not forget about that ongoing war in Ukraine. Turns out, lots of people don’t want to keep financially supporting that conflict with their hard-earned tax dollars. 40% of all voters and 52% of GOP voters said they would be less likely to support candidates who want to keep funding it. It’s clear that people want to prioritize their own needs over foreign conflicts.
But here’s something interesting – the voters, especially the GOP primary voters, are really interested in social issues. Topics like what’s being taught in schools and transgender teens receiving puberty-blockers. 76% of GOP primary voters said they would support a candidate who is against teaching certain topics in schools and banning transgender teens from accessing puberty-blockers. And even among all voters, almost half of them are on board with these positions. So, Republicans, it sounds like you might want to turn your attention to social issues if you want to win over these voters.
Now, let’s talk about abortion. This is always a hot-button issue, isn’t it? Turns out, a majority of swing-state voters are not fans of candidates who support a six-week ban on abortion. Only 31% of these voters would support a candidate who favored a six-week ban, while 55% would not. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill into law in Florida that included a six-week ban, but that might not play well with the swing-state voters. Maybe it’s time to rethink that strategy.
But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom for the GOP. Earlier this year, a poll from Gallup found that Americans think the biggest issue in the nation is the government itself and its poor leadership. Wow, what a shocker! It turns out people actually want solutions to their problems. And that’s where the Republicans have a chance to shine. They can address the issues that voters care about in those swing states, and they can offer real solutions. It’s a simple concept, really. Give the people what they want! It might just work, folks.
So, buckle up, Republicans. You’ve got some work to do if you want to win over those swing-state voters. And if you don’t, well, you might just find yourselves on the losing side of the 2024 election. Good luck, and may the best candidate win!