A new report detailing how Republicans lost the confidence of young voters during the 2012 elections was made public on Monday.
Conducted by the College Republican National Committee, the 95-page report was based on a pair of 800-subject surveys and six ethnically and economically diverse focus groups. Entitled “The Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” the report says the GOP faces a "dismal present situation” and that survey takers called the party "closed-minded, racist, rigid."
This is on the front page of the CNC’s website:
Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation
President Barack Obama won 5 million more votes than Gov. Mitt Romney among voters under the age of 30 in the 2012 election. Despite Romney holding a 2 million-vote advantage over the President among voters aged 30 and older, Obama’s significant lead with the youth vote was enough to ensure his re-election. While it is true that the Democratic Party is on a recent winning streak with the youth vote, this was not always the case. Young voters have broken for the Republican Party in the past, and not just in midterm elections.
We believe that Republicans can win young voters but that it will require a significantly different approach than has been used in recent elections. In this report, we propose what such an approach would entail and offer research-based insights that can guide Republicans wishing to find success with a new generation.
Making in-roads with young voters is both possible and essential, and must begin today.
The report took a look at many key issues facing the GOP including:
Gay marriage: “On the ‘open-minded’ issue … [w]e will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table.”
Hispanics: “Latino voters … tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.”
Perception of the party’s economic stance: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”
Surprisingly, just 17 percent of respondents to one of the surveys called the fight against terrorism a priority for elected officials, Newser reported.