REPUBLICAN PARTY; Rediscover Principles

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Who's more unpopular, Republicans or Democrats?

Well, it's a tight race, according to the polls.

Here is what the Pew Research Center found: "The Republican Party appears to be paying a steep price for growing dissatisfaction with conditions in the country. However, while Democrats have clearly benefited from declining support for the GOP since 2002, these gains have come almost by default."

Even partisans cannot be happy with this sad state of political affairs.

Can't anyone run a government? Something has to give, because there are too many serious issues in the balance.

Meanwhile, the Pew study documented the proportion who agree that "Americans can always find a way to solve our problems" has dropped 16 points in five years.

Only a third of the people agree that "most elected officials care what people like me think," which is nearly a 20-year low.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found many of the same results. "By 52 percent to 31 percent, Americans say they want Democrats to win the presidency next year," the Journal reported. …