In the polling world 73% is a big number. When a president is at 73% approval it is the smoothest of sailing. When 73% of the voters in a party think party leaders are not reflecting their views it reflects serious anger.
Likely GOP leadership will dismiss these numbers as they have the TEA Party, the opposition to the Omnibus spending bills, the opposition to the Export-Import Bank renewal, and all sorts of other things.
How long leadership can continue to do so is another question. The voters took out Cantor and Boehner. Might they have the sickle ready for others?
(From Rasmussen Reports)
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.