New GOP Study Shows Public Feels Republicans Are "Out of Touch"
On Monday, the Republican National Committee released the results of a new study intended to describe public opinion of the party. Commissioned by the party chairman, the study called the "Growth & Opportunity Project" [PDF] features suggestions on how to reform the party's image before the 2014 midterm elections and the 2016 presidential elections.
The study, which featured in-person interviews as well as thousands of online surveys, found that people consider the party to be "scary," "narrow-minded" and "out of touch," as well as the party of "stuffy old men." Then it details recommendations on how to gain more support such as increasing social media output, updating its technology and reframe its arguments to appeal to a women and minorities.
The study suggests [PDF] that the GOP take a more tolerant look at immigration to appeal to Latinos, establish a database of African-American leaders, and prepare for interviews with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to gain youth popularity. The study also suggests that the RNC must find a way to respond to the War on Women and highlight how the GOP supported the women's rights movement. Despite citing a study by the Center for American Progress that the number 2 issue for women voters was "a candidate who will fight for them," the study makes no mention of the party's stance towards birth control or abortion.
Media Resources: Growth and Opportunity Project 3/18/2013; Politico 3/18/2013
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .