Patt Morrison for March 19, 2012

Are Republicans statistically becoming the party of the older, the less educated, and the white?

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Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally on March 5, 2012 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has been criticized this week for focusing too much attention on issues that are not as vital to most voters as the economy. At a rally in Illinois, he said, “The issue in this race is not the economy.’’ Santorum's remark was perceived as a misapprehension of how the ongoing Republican primary race has been targeting one set of loyal GOP voters while alienating other potential GOP supporters, and that’s what survey results from the Pew Research Center showed last week.

The Republican Party can claim celebrated presidents -- Lincoln, Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt – but the modern-day GOP is losing ground with young, better-educated, non-white voters. Republicans such as Karl Rove, the strategist behind George W. Bush’s successful presidential campaigns, have been arguing for years that the party needs to appeal to growing demographic groups such as Latinos, as the country becomes statistically less white and more college-educated. Conversely, Democrats like Barack Obama have benefited from the demographic shifts.

WEIGH IN:

Has the Republican Party lost touch with the changing population of modern America? If so, how can the party widen its appeal?

Guests:

Carroll Doherty, Associate Director, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Carla Marinucci, political writer, San Francisco Chronicle

Jonathan Wilcox, Republican strategist and adjunct professor, USC

Charles Moran, Chairman California Log Cabin Republicans

Hector Barajas, Republican strategist and analyst for Univision, a Spanish-language television network in the United States; he sits on the Mitt Romney Hispanic National Steering Committee


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