In this age of Obama, it may be popular to glorify democratic idols like FDR and JFK, but a recent Rasmussen Report suggests that most Americans would like to see the Republican Party return to the views and values of Ronald Reagan. The suggestion, of course, is that there is an overt yearning for Republicans to return to the traditional, conservative values of smaller government advocacy.
Majority See Reagan As Republicans’ Way Back To Power
Friday, January 30, 2009
Ronald Reagan isn’t just a Republican thing anymore.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of U.S. voters say the Republican Party should return to the views and values of the iconic 40th president of the United States to be successful, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty-nine percent (29%) say the GOP should move away from the Reagan legacy, and 15% aren’t sure which is the best course to follow.
Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republican voters believe a return to the two-term president’s views and values are the road to success. Just eight percent (8%) disagree.
Among unaffiliated voters, 61% say the Republican Party should return to Reagan, while 23% think the party should move away from those values.
Even 29% of Democrats think Reagan is a good role model for the modern Republican Party, although 50% disagree and 21% are undecided.
In his first inaugural address, Reagan declared that “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Fifty-nine percent (59%) 59% of voters still agree with him.
Reagan also strongly believed that tax cuts are good for the economy, and 57% of voters continue to share that view. Only 17% disagree.
Support for Reagan’s values surprise anyone in 2009 since Barack Obama won the White House by following a campaign approach that worked for Ronald Reagan. In fact, Obama’s victory confirmed that voters still embrace the guiding beliefs of the Reagan era.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of male voters favor a return to the views and values of Reagan along with to 51% of female voters.
Voters ages 18-29, some of whom weren’t even alive when Reagan was President, are closely divided on the wisdom of the future GOP returning to Reaganism. By margins of two-to-one or more, voters in all other age groups think going back to the future is a good move.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Evangelical Christian voters, along with 49% of other Protestants and Catholics, see the Reagan agenda has a move in the right direction.
In a survey in November, 43% of voters said the most positive way to describe a political candidate was saying that he or she was like Reagan. Twenty-six percent (26%) viewed such a comparison as a negative, and 29% said it was somewhere in between.
The Democrats still have their champion though: In a showdown between the two most influential presidents of the 20th Century. Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt, 45% of voters said FDR, the Democratic father of the big government New Deal who led the country to victory in World War II, was the better chief executive. Nearly as many (40%) said Reagan was a better president.
While there is broad support for the values that Ronald Reagan brought to the nation, Republicans and Democrats definitely don’t agree on the future direction the GOP should follow.