GOP OPTIMISM ‘SURGING’
The Ripon Society recently staged in the nation’s capital a public briefing addressing the uneasy state of politics. The featured expert: Carroll Doherty, director of political research for the Pew Research Center. Among the happier trends he revealed: GOP optimism about the economy is “surging” as the new year looms, with 75 percent of Republicans agreeing that the economy will be better in the next 12 months.
“We haven’t seen anything like this,” Mr. Doherty told his audience, calling it a positive finding and adding that Republicans are convinced that President-elect Donald Trump is “really going to change the economy.”
But can he reverse the public’s persistent lack of faith in government, an audience member asked.
“The question is a really good one because both sides are distrusting of government. It’s not necessarily that partisan of an issue,” Mr. Doherty replied. “It’s a real problem for Congress and the administration — rebuilding this trust. That being said, a healthy economy cures a lot of ills. And if this economy really does take off, I think you’ll see a little more faith in government.”
The Ripon Society, incidentally, is a public policy organization promoting strong national security, low taxes and a smaller, smarter federal government.