Poll: Half of Republican Voters Suggest GOP Leaders Not as Conservative as their Base

Poll: Half of Republican Voters Suggest GOP Leaders Not as Conservative as their Base


Half of Republican voters say the GOP’s base is becoming “more conservative” than the party’s leadership, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday revealed.

The survey asked respondents if Republican voters are “becoming more conservative or more liberal than their party’s leadership,” and 50 percent of Republicans said “more conservative.” In other words, GOP party leadership, in their mind, is more liberal on the ideological scale than the average GOP voter. Even a plurality of Democrats and independents agreed — 41 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

Just over a quarter of Republicans, 28 percent, say Republican voters are “about the same” as their party’s leadership, while 15 percent say “more liberal.”

Across the board, a plurality, 43 percent, say Republican voters are “more conservative” than their party’s leadership.

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The same question was asked of Democrats and Democrat Party leadership. A plurality, 47 percent, of voters believe Democrat voters

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