Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Deaf Elephant

Dear GOP leadership: The voters don't like you:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 73% of Likely Republican Voters believe GOP leaders have lost touch with Republican voters. Just 20% say those leaders have done a good job representing GOP voters. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

By comparison, only 28% of Democratic voters say their leaders have lost touch with the party's voter base. Sixty-two percent (62%) believe instead that the party's leaders have done a good job representing Democratic voters.

These findings are in line with surveys for several years that have asked voters to rate their party leaders in Congress.

Despite Donald Trump’s record turnout in this year’s primaries, most Republican voters are convinced that their party’s leaders don’t want him to get elected president. Democrats are more confident than Republicans that their party will be unified after next month's national conventions.
It's fair to say that the Republicans have an unpopular leadership, while the Democrats have an unpopular nominee. If it comes down to a popularity contest, do both sides really lose?

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