June 10th, 2009
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Poll: Majority unsure who speaks for the GOP

Americans are unsure who speaks for the GOP, according to a new poll.
Americans are unsure who speaks for the GOP, according to a new poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Republican Party struggles to regain its footing following the November elections, a new survey shows that a majority of adult Americans sees no clear leader for the minority political party.

Even more problematic for the GOP is that one-third of Republicans hold an unfavorable view of their party, according to the USA Today/Gallup poll.

When it comes to naming a “main person” who speaks for the GOP, 52 percent of Americans were unable to do so.

Among those who did name a speaker for the GOP, 13 percent identified conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, while 10 percent named former Vice President Dick Cheney. Arizona Sen. John McCain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were each named by 6 percent of Americans in the poll.

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Just 3 percent said former President George W. Bush is currently the most prominent Republican speaker, while Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and House Minority Leader John Boehner were each named by 1 percent of participants in the survey.

“These numbers are troubling for Republicans, who are engaged in a civil war right over the ideological direction of the party,” said CNN Political Editor Mark Preston. “When one-third of Republicans hold an unfavorable view of the party, it makes it difficult to establish a united front to promote GOP policies at the same time opposing President Obama’s agenda.”

A third of Republicans in the poll said the GOP should not moderate its policies in its quest to regain power.

The poll surveyed 1,015 adults on May 29-31 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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  1. Mike

    It is no different with the democratic party. Their unfavorable ratings are climbing due to the out of control spending of obama and the democratic congress/senate.

    June 10, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. CMG

    Personally, I think it is best if no one speaks.

    June 10, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Paul I

    Sarah is not going to accept these poll results. Neither will Joe the Plumber.

    June 10, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. JA/TN

    The GOP has a mean self righeous, and systematic exclusion policy

    June 10, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Ursula

    I wonder if the republicans know how to spell "KARMA".... LOL

    June 10, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. blindbear

    The question should have been worded, "Who yells for the GOP", not "Who speaks for the GOP". All these GOP bozos do is yell at everybody else who doesn't toe the line to their wingnut beliefs. When they're not WHINING, of course

    June 10, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Ken lewis

    Right now... its not important. The only thing that is, is that the Conservative movement, getting back to the roots of our consitution, the vision of our fore fathers from centuries of briliant minds. Getting younger people more educated on the founding principals of this great nation and why they are there. That its a republic, not a democracy. Once everyone understands the founding principals there will not need to be one voice, but many voices fighting against this liberal agenda and high jacking that is trying to destroy evertything the consitution and the rule of law stand for. Progressives do not look at the lessons of history. They only think they can change the world into what its not. They will ulimatley fail.

    June 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Jerry

    That is why we lost last Fall; Mccain and "moderates" do NOT have enough suppot to win, and we conservatives have to have a man of principles (Like Reagan) to articulate and WIN.

    June 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. rand

    This article makes it sound like the GOP has to oppose Obama's agenda. It's o.k. to be GOP and be agree with some things Obama is doing. I think that is part of the problem. The GOP is known as the NO party. Plus, they need to remove themselves from the religious right.

    June 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Christopher

    Any party that utilizes Limbaugh can not be taken serious. Then you throw in Palin and the absurd gets even more ridiculous. Throw in a Mormon and McCain is thankful he's at a age where he can retire. Then you have Rudy in NY. Yes, he was heroic in 9/11, if he dumps the Republican party he can be heroic again.

    June 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Seattle Rocks

    How dense are the Republicans??? Hello....anyone home?? You need to moderate your message, be inclusive of ALL Americans and STOP listening to Rush Limbaugh or you will NEVER win another election in America. Good luck with that!!!

    June 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Mike

    Gallup polling is junk...it surveys "adults", not registered voters. In any case, it's not a news flash that the republican party is in disarray. Despite that, a recent Zogby poll (which polls registered voters) indicates that the majority of Americans trust Republicans in the areas of national defense *and* the economy more than it trusts dems. That's fairly damning evidence that the Obama administration is not enjoying majority support for its economic policies.

    June 10, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Kcee

    Rolling out Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh isn't going to do it for me. I left the party because of them. Until they recognize that not all Republicans have their views, the party is doomed.

    June 10, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. MirCat

    They have awhile to sort this out. I'm sure in a few years some people won't like what the current administration has been doing, and will gravitate to the GOP. That being said, it's incredible that 1/3 of Republicans don't want to moderate their party.

    June 10, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. John

    If "A third of Republicans in the poll said the GOP should NOT moderate its policies", I would really like to know then how many think it SHOULD moderate it's anti woman and anti gay stances? I guess I can design a better poll than the "experts". My guess is it's also around 30% which means they should be fighting amongst themselves for years to come and not winning many elections. Fine by me.

    June 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Russ

    A full 100% laughed hysterically before being convinced to say something serious about the GOP.

    June 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Don't recall this ever being an issue before until Rahm Emmanuel, Carville and Begala decided to make it one. Does CNN even care that it is being used for political puposes by the Obama thugocracy. It certainly wasn't an issue in the aftermath of Gores, or Kerry's defeat was it.

    June 10, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Billy

    It's very obvious Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the party. It's a shame that a once great political party has been stolen by someone who cares more about himself and his legacy than about our country.

    June 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. ghost

    I'm sure this poll will get buried as a liberal media distraction or something equally stupid, but I find the results hilarious.

    I will admit Steeley has been trying to show off his big boy pants lately. And I think they got to Rush and told him to simmer down now.

    My question is where did Sarah rank?

    June 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Dawn in Pa

    They are stuck in the wilderness somewhere. They are spin doctors, they can say one thing and critize if Obama says almost the same thing, well before the spew out their vile words, they need to do some research and then speak with honesty.

    June 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Mike S., New Orleans

    As long as Republicans cling to their lunatic fringe right wing nutjobs like Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Ann Coulter, Dick Cheney and Sara Palin, they will continue to sink into oblivion. Their hypocrisy is too obvious to ignore any longer.

    Every Republican who has campaigned and won office on their old mantra of "Lower taxes and less government" – Bush, Palin, Swartzenegger, Jindal – has increased taxes in the long run and expanded the size of their state and federal governments. This hypocrisy is also too obvious to ignore any longer.

    Karl Rove's spin machine may have worked to keep an incompetent president in office for a second term, but no spin machine in the universe can make Palin and Limbaugh leaders of any party.

    June 10, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Chris from Baltimore

    I'm a Moderate and Independent who's voted for candidates from both parties in the past.

    Frankly, I'm appalled by the constant negativity and childish name-calling by the Republicans since the past election.

    Republicans today, whether elected officials or their non-elected "speakers" have clearly stated that they don't want Centrists like me in their Party. Those folks haven't shown themselves to represent my interests at all, and what they've become decidedly does NOT speak to my morality and values.

    Disgusted with them!

    June 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Oh Boy!!!???

    "...it makes it difficult to establish a united front to promote GOP policies at the same time opposing President Obama’s agenda.”

    The only thing they can agree on is to just say NO to the president.

    June 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Phil Muse

    How interesting that 27 per cent of those polled named Limbaugh, Cheney, Bush and Romney – figures who either currently do not hold public office or who have never held office – as the GOP's leaders. It seems the GOP itself, like its perceived leadership, are yesterday's tamales.

    June 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Beka

    Isnt it funny how well Barack Obama's Operation Chaos is working? Wasnt that Rush Limbaugh's grand scheme to keep Regressives in power? Karma is a great thing.

    June 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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