GOPers Far More Critical of Party Leaders Than Democrats Are

Rasmussen Reports, June 22, 2016

Though there’s been voter anger towards the leaders of both major political parties in this year’s highly contentious presidential primary season, Republican voters are far more likely than Democrats to say their party bosses are out of touch with the voter base.

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.

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Among all voters, only 13% think Republican leaders have done a good job representing GOP values, while 38% say Democratic party leaders have done a good job representing what their party stands for. Sixty-nine percent (69%) feel Republican leaders have lost touch with their voters, compared to 47% who think that’s true of the Democratic leadership.

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