News Analysis: U.S. Voters Want Solutions From Republicans, Not Jargon

Polls show U.S. Republicans have climbed out of the hole, but experts said the party must turn words into action if it does not want to fall back in.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday found that Republican House Speaker John Boehner's numbers are back where they were before his party took a hit for engineering last fall's partial government shutdown.

But to keep the momentum going, Republicans must shake the image of a party with many criticisms but few solutions, and must make solid proposals, analysts and observers said.

That is particularly the case with President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, commonly known as Obamacare, which the Republican Party (GOP) has slammed, blasted and castigated for failing to provide a viable alternative to what they say are major gaps left by the reforms.

Republican Strategist Ford O'Connell said that while "low information" voters turn out for presidential elections, midterm voters are more aware of the issues, and want to see a realistic healthcare plan.

The GOP is expected to have an advantage in the Congressional elections due in November, as blacks, Hispanics and youth and single women -- Democrats' base -- tend to be absent from such elections.

"What the American public wants to hear from Republicans heading into the 2014 election cycle is ... 'if we put you back into a position to govern, do you have ideas and plans that you can put forward from day one to show us that you're ready to govern,'" O'Connell told Xinhua.

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