Republican Party calls for changes to halt polls losing streak
From Lalit K Jha
Washington, Mar 19 (PTI) Smarting from two consecutive humiliating electoral defeats at the hands of Barack Obama, the Republican Party has come out with an action plan, including targeting the small but highly influential Indian-American community, to revive its political fortunes.
"The Republican Party must focus its efforts to earn new supporters and voters in the following demographic communities, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African- Americans, Indian-Americans, Native Americans, women, and youth," the 100-page blueprint of the party released yesterday said.
"This priority needs to be a continual effort that affects every facet of our Party''s activities, including our messaging, strategy, outreach, and budget," the report said.
Notably even as Indian-Americans have the first two Governors ever, Bobby Jindal from Louisiana and Nikki Haley from South Carolina, belonging to the Republican Party, polls after polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of community voted for Obama and his Democratic Party.
Obama, in fact has the distinction of being the first President to have appointed the largest number of Indian- Americans to his Administration.
According to the blue print, unless the party gets serious about tackling this problem, it will lose future elections.
"In both 2008 and 2012, President Obama won a combined 80 per cent of the votes of all minority voters, including not only African-Americans but also Hispanics, Asians, and others," the report said.
"The minority groups that President Obama carried with 80 per cent of the vote in 2012 are on track to become a majority of the nation''s population by 2050," it said.
"Today these minority groups make up 37 per cent of the population, and they cast a record 28 per cent of the votes in the 2012 presidential election, according to the election exit polls, an increase of 2 percentage points from 2008," the report said.
"We have to work harder at engaging demographic partners and allies. One outside group that has been particularly successful at engaging its community and increasing its Republican support is the Republican Jewish Coalition. We should incorporate some of its tactics in our efforts," the blueprint said.
By 2050, the Hispanic share of the US population could be as high as 29 per cent, up from 17 percent now. The African- American proportion of the population is projected to rise slightly to 14.7 per cent, while the Asian share is projected to increase to approximately 9 per cent from its current 5.1 per cent, it noted.
"Non-Hispanic whites, 63 per cent of the current population, will decrease to half or slightly less than half of the population by 2050," the report said.
"In addition, the Republican Party lost youth and women voters in 2012. It is imperative that we reverse this troubling trend, as women represent the majority of voters and youth are future voters for decades to come," the report said.
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