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53% Think Republicans 'Too Extreme': POLL

Angry-elephant-300x225With the dreaded "fiscal cliff" approaching, and Democrats and Republicans still squabbling over what's to be done with the economy, CNN decided to ask Americans what should be done with Democrats and Republicans.

And according to their findings, a slight majority of the nation thinks the GOP needs to mellow out.

...53% say the GOP should compromise more, with 41% saying the Democratic Party should give up more of the proposals it supports to develop bipartisan solutions.

"That's due in part to the fact that the Republican brand is not doing all that well," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed say they view the policies of the GOP as too extreme, up 17 points from two years ago. Only 37% say they view the polices of the Democratic Party as too extreme.

The same percentage of the public, 53%, believes that when it comes to bipartisan compromise, the GOP should be the party to cave on its demands.

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  1. Republicans extreme.?
    Pray the gay away..? Legitimate rape..?

    Are those 53% also the "victims" Mr Romney spoke of so eloquently .?
    I'm not sure it's as much extreme as out of touch.
    The world is long past the Republican party..with any hope they can at least get in touch with the reality of the nation..
    The rest of the world is long past the USA
    Even our neighbors to the North, Canada is well ahead of the US in gay rights, medical coverage and economic stability..we are so behind I think many think we're first.!!!

    Posted by: Darren | Dec 20, 2012 9:28:27 AM

  2. Yeah, mellow out

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 20, 2012 9:42:59 AM

  3. Extreme AND out of touch. Not to mention the fact that many Republicans don't seem to be very educated and speak from a position of a lack of ability to reason as well as a lack of emotional maturity.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 20, 2012 9:52:32 AM

  4. The GOP candidates they have in the 2012 presidential primaries is a good indication that they have fallen off the cliff.

    Posted by: Marcus | Dec 20, 2012 10:48:56 AM

  5. There are extremist who are control freaks in both the Republican and Democratic party, and other political parties and institutions. There are so-called conservatives [I call them so-called because they aren't really conservative in the classical sense] and so-called liberals [again, they aren't really liberal in the classical sense, or even progressive] who are nothing more than control freaks with nefarious intent. They use extremist ideologies [right/left, doesn't matter] as a vehicle to further their real intent.

    As for this survey, CNN is not bipartisan or impartial, so the results should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 20, 2012 11:03:26 AM

  6. The results of the poll are common sense. Even Republicans are realizing that, given the shifts in demographics and the fact that their base is dying, their current mainstream extremism is unsustainable. And if they don't realize it, they're on their way out. There's room for true conservative Republicans--if only more Republicans had the balls to take that path.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 20, 2012 11:11:08 AM

  7. Too many districts have been gerrymandered to guaranteed extremism. Even if the Republican party as a whole were to desire a course change for its own survival, the wingnuts are guaranteed too many seats in the House of Representatives. While that may mean more woes for the Republican Party, it means even more woes than that for the nation.

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 20, 2012 1:13:43 PM

  8. "Republicanism" is over. Until such time it deems there might be some advantage in change (which is NEVER)- they're doomed. Sinking into the tar pits of their own creation. Good riddance!!! An ugly, ugly memory.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 20, 2012 1:29:43 PM

  9. Apropos of nothing: I do love me some African Elephants.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 20, 2012 1:46:01 PM

  10. unless the Republican party starts to embrace a more libertarian ideology and distances its self politically from the "religious right" it will continue to look like a frigthening group of neo-nazis. They need to drop the "real america" rhetoric because it's f'ing frightening

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Dec 20, 2012 1:54:16 PM

  11. It sounds this someone up north that the Unites States is changing -- for the better -- right before our eyes. I find it very exciting.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Dec 20, 2012 4:18:40 PM

  12. In the face of what the Republican party of today stands for, that seems like a very low number to me.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 20, 2012 10:58:38 PM

  13. @RatBastard:

    Normally you're unfair to liberals; this time you're being unfair to liberals and conservatives. Has it ever occurred to you that people who say extreme things are not necessarily all radicals and traitors and revolutionaries, but simply LIARS? i happen to think that despite all the radical rhetoric bandied about in the media, most Americans really are liberal in the Enlightenment sense and conservative in the Burkean sense. But politics is a dirty game, and in a democracy, politicians are not the only ones who play it. I think if you paid less attention to what people (especially politicians) SAY and more attention to what they DO, you'd have a lot more sympathy for your fellow Americans.

    Posted by: Dan B | Dec 20, 2012 11:20:20 PM

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