62% of Americans Believe the Republican Party is Out of Touch, and 36% of Republicans Agree

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Grand Old Party is not looking so grand these days in the eyes of most Americans, or even among a significant portion of their own party members.


A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 62% of respondents believe the Republican Party is out of touch with the rest of the country. Furthermore, 36% of Republicans feel the same way about their party.


The survey also revealed that a majority of Americans (56%) think the GOP is not open to change, and 52% say the party is too extreme.


Meanwhile, Republicans are losing the popularity contest versus President Barack Obama.


A new Bloomberg poll says 55% of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, while only 35% of respondent have a favorable view of the Republican Party.


Six months ago, 41% favorably viewed the party, demonstrating that Republicans have lost six points in popularity since the election.


In another poll sponsored by Business Insider, a majority of Republicans said they don’t support the House of Representatives’ Republican plan to avert the sequester. Poll respondents were asked about several such plans, but weren’t provided with each plan’s party affiliation. In some cases respondents ended up opposing their own party’s plan or supporting the plan advocated by the opposing party.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

GOP Seen as Principled, But Out of Touch and Too Extreme (Pew Research Center)


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