Voters think that the GOP does not care about people, the Republican National Committee said in its much anticipated autopsy released Monday. The report offers some self-reflection and analysis of the shortcomings that led to losing the 2012 presidential election.
"The perception, revealed in polling, that the GOP does not care about people is doing great harm to the party and its candidates on the federal level, especially in presidential years," the report said. The RNC called it a major deficiency that must be addressed.
"Instead of connecting with voters' concerns, we too often sound like bookkeepers," the report said. "We need to do a better job connecting people to our policies."
The report said public perception of the party is "at record lows" and points out the need to appeal to young voters.
"Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country. When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us."
Asked to describe Republicans, focus group participants of voters who left the party used the words "scary," "narrow minded," and "out of touch." They said the GOP was a party of "stuffy old men," the report says.
Via Politico and the RNC