" ... Republicans seeking a way forward for their party have little to guide them. If they go more moderate, they will mollify that element of the party but inflame conservatives. If they go conservative, moderates will continue to disassociate themselves with the party."
Washington Post writers Jon Cohen and Dan Balz emphasize another finding from the same Washington Post-ABC News poll:
"The poll also reminds Democrats of the head winds they may face in the 2014 midterm elections as they fight to hold their majority in the Senate and make inroads in the GOP-controlled House. Public impressions of the president’s signature health-reform law are still more negative than positive, and the detractors are more passionate about their views than advocates.
"In addition, Obama’s approval rating stands at 49 percent, dipping under 50 percent for the first time in nearly a year. And on the eve of a new round of speeches by Obama highlighting his economic agenda, assessments of his handling of the economy remain slightly negative and show no sign of improving."