Republicans Don’t Know Who Speaks For Them
A 52% majority couldn’t come up with a name when asked who mainly speaks for them.
Of those who could, the top response was radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (13%), followed in order by former vice president Dick Cheney, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Former president George W. Bush ranked fifth, at 3%.
All the names are men, all white, all conservative, and all qualify for AARP membership. And the only one of the bunch who holds elective office is John McCain.
Asked by Gallup “what comes to mind when you think of the Republican Party,” 25% said “unfavorable” and another 1 in 4 offered negative assessments including “no direction,” “close-minded” and “poor economic conditions.” Sixteen percent said “conservative” and 7% “favorable.”
RNC Chair Michael Steele declined to be interviewed about this for the piece in USA Today. One might think that might have helped.Click here for reuse options!
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