A questionnaire sent to Republican voters across the nation in recent days seemingly provides an inside look at the GOP’s concerns heading into the 2020 election season.
Democratic and Republican officials routinely conduct these so-called surveys as a fundraising tool, providing soft-ball questions about the recipient’s favored party – in this case, GOP queries that encourage full-throated support for President Trump. At the same time, the opposition party is demonized in the harshest terms.
This survey is misleading labeled as a 2019 “census” and the envelope offers this ominous warning: “DO NOT DESTROY: OFFICAL DOCUMENT.” The contents include a four-page introductory letter from party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, a Michigan native. The correspondence seeks a donation to the GOP of up to $1,000.
The mailer I saw was directed at Republicans in Michigan’s 10th Congressional District, which stretches from northern Macomb County to the tip of Thumb Area. The 10th has become the Reddest congressional district in Michigan, so I doubt that McDaniel is seriously questioning whether voters there have lost faith in the GOP or Trump.
Instead, the 10th District is a relative treasure trove for potential Republican contributions.
Nonetheless, the GOP chairwoman’s sales pitch offers some interesting tidbits. Her letter never mentions a wall at the Southern border, which Trump has made abundantly clear is his top priority. Instead it asks if the targeted voters “support President Trump’s efforts to secure our nation’s border and work aggressively to enforce long-standing immigration laws.”
The enclosed two-page questionnaire does not mention Trump’s wall until about halfway through. Before that, multiple-choice questions about voter priorities include queries about cutting the federal deficit and putting an end to gun violence in schools. Both of those items are considered potential GOP weaknesses in this election cycle.
In addition, a multiple-choice question about the single biggest economic issue facing the nation offers these options: stagnant wages, concerns about funding for Social Security and Medicare, job security, inflation and high taxes. One additional choice was this — the cost of health care. A more specific question was worded this way: Do you believe Obamacare should be repealed and replaced or simply fixed?
Numerous polls showed that health care coverage and prescription drug costs were at the top of the list when voters last November handed over control of the House to the Democrats. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently said that the 2017 bid by congressional Republicans to wipe out Obamacare probably cost the GOP their hold on the House.
Meanwhile, McDaniel tries to buck up potentially wayward grassroots Republicans by telling them that congressional Democrats are engaged in “radical, costly and destructive politics” that will “destroy our heritage and values.”