Republican voters are deeply resentful of President Obama, extremely anxious about social trends in the United States, and fearful that the GOP’s future is bleak, according to a new study.

Republicans believe that Obama, by increasing the size and reach of government, has been “building dependent minorities that will give the Democrats a governing majority,” the study says. “They are very conscious of being white in a country that is increasingly minority – as Democrats use government to build dependency and therefore also their support with minorities. The race issue [is] very much alive.”

The study is based on six focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps, a Democrat-oriented research firm. In a memo to reporters, three leaders of the firm, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and Erica Seifert, say, “You can’t understand the government shutdown [that started Tuesday] unless you understand the GOP from the inside. They think they are losing ground and Obama has won his socialist agenda.”

The Democracy Corps analysis also says, “Obamacare [the president’s health care law] is the end game for Republicans: Democrats have already built constituencies of dependence based on welfare, unemployment insurance, food stamps, and illegal immigrants. Now add to that the uninsured.”

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