A moderate group more associated with Democrats has warned in a new assessment the party has become far too extreme.
Third Way said in its assessment that the modern Democratic Party’s embrace of extreme-left cultural issues is way outside the norm in America and has cost the party support and voters.
“If Democrats manage to hold on to the House and Senate, it will be in spite of the party brand, not because of it, according to a pre-election national poll,” the organization said in a memo published Monday morning. “Despite a roster of GOP candidates who are extreme by any standard, voters see Democrats as just as extreme, as well as far less concerned about the issues that most worry them.”
After conducting its survey, Third Way noted that the “results indicate that Democrats are underwater on issues voters name as their highest priorities, including the economy, immigration, and crime, they are perceived as distant from the electorate ideologically, and voters question whether the party shares essential values like patriotism and the importance of hard work.”
The memo continued:
While Democrats maintain a lead on handling certain issues like abortion and climate change, voters also rank these issues as lower priorities. While it might be comforting to blame any midterm losses solely on historical trends, this data makes crystal clear that there is a much deeper problem at play. Ultimately, there is no way for Democrats to build and maintain winning coalitions without repairing their damaged brand, even in an era where Republican candidates are increasingly extreme and women’s fundamental rights are on the ballot.
Here are the issues deemed most important by Third Way survey respondents:
“When asked which party would do a better job handling each issue, Republicans hold a decisive advantage (54%-36%) on inflation and the economy,” the memo continued. “A majority of voters (53%) also worry that continued Democratic control of Congress will make inflation worse, while less than a quarter (23%) say the same about Republican control. And 56% say Democrats are not focused enough on the economy, while only 36% say the same about their opponents.
“Republicans also lead Democrats by 20 points or more on handling immigration (57%-33%) and reducing crime (54%-34%). By contrast, voters say they trust Democrats over Republicans by wide margins on protecting abortion rights (59%-24%), fighting climate change (54%-27%), and funding the education system (52%-33%),” the memo added, though according to the survey’s results, all of those issues are far lower in importance than the issues for which Republicans get high marks.
Respondents also made it clear that Democrats, ideologically speaking, are far more out of touch with them than Republicans.
“Our survey asked respondents to place themselves on a 10-point ideological scale, with 0 being the most liberal, 10 being the most conservative, and 5 being the middle, and then to plot the Democratic and Republican parties on the same scale,” the memo stated.
“Democrats and Republicans are rated similarly far from the center, and Democrats are seen as further from where voters place themselves ideologically,” it added.