The latest Elway Poll asked a random sample of registered voters what “GOP” meant.
Seven percent thought it meant Democrat. Another 18 percent either didn’t know or chose “other,” which means they didn’t know but couldn’t bear to admit it.
The remaining 75 percent thought it was synonymous with Republican. Correct.
Who cares? If you recall, gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi registered with the Secretary of State’s office as “Prefers GOP party,” instead of “Prefers Republican party.”
Democrats said he was trying to pull a fast one on voters. Rossi’s campaign said he’s been using “GOP” in ads since 2004 and no one’s complained. (Meanwhile, nonpartisan grammarians pondered whether to point out the whole “Grand Old Party party” thing.)