June 10th, 2009
03:29 PM ET
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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. Thomas5

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



    Look where the hell that got them! Despite the claims of the leftards on this board, the Republicans are *NOT* the so-called "right-wingers" of days long gone.

    June 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. NotNowMooky

    Divide and conquer!

    June 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. katiec

    Until the republican party starts putting our country and it's survival over their party first, politics as usual mentallity, it will not matter who speaks for them. They have absolutely refused to recognize the American people voted for change, are sick of swiftboating, obstruction, finger pointing and accusations, with no substance in making policies, decisions or ideas.
    Is the definition of terrorists those who seek to destroy a country?
    Are the republicans becoming our domestic terrorists?

    June 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Take1

    All of them do. Rush Limbaugh is the voice of white supremacy. Dick Cheney is the voice of rampant, unchecked capitalism. Newt Gingrich is the voice of US imperialism. John McCain is the voice of American jingoism. These are the childish, selfish, arrogant, short-sighted, and ultimately harmul ideas that the GOP represents.

    June 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Ken in NC

    I remember as a child how my mom would ring a chickens neck and let it flop around until it croaked. The Republican Party looks now a lot like those chickens. Just floping around until they flop their last.

    June 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Jeff

    Wow, just looking at the rogues gallery of Republican thugs reminds me how happy I am that I'm a Democrat. I wouldn't want any one of them to speak for me. The caption under that picture shoud be, "A portrait of hatred".

    June 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Peter

    Ack. These are the choices?!?!?!

    June 10, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Patrick Fuchs

    I think to a lot of Americans the GOP appears contaminated by religion and its fundamentalist views. Instead of being a political party, the GOP resembles a pulpit. If the GOP were to rid itself of religion and stick to national policy making without pandering to the religious groups it would stand a better chance with mainstream Americans.

    June 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. ran

    There is a saying "doing the same thing over and over again is a sign of insanity" The GOP needs to get new people speaking for them if they expect to be relevant anytime soon. By allowing the same group of people and worn out ideologies to dominate their party, the GOP party is showing the signs of insanity.

    June 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Jeanne Weidner

    The political parties still don't get it!!! Newt Gingrich gets up there and it is the same thing over and over. We don't want to hear either party insulting eachother. We are tired of "us vs. them." We want them to come together and make decision that have to do with what is best for America. Quit telling us how the other side is wrong and how you are right. Tell us what you are going to do to fix things. Money and power still turn the wheels in Washington rather than doing the right thing. I had hoped that Obama would bring about new change, not just change back to the same old Democratic lines...but alas, the change was only back to the way it was before Republicans were in charge. Please do the right thing for America instead of the right thing for your pocketbook and egos!

    June 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Nico

    here's the real problem with the GOP it went too far right and continues to listen to the people who nearly destroyed the party. Second its always been seen as the old white bread party. Obama gets elected and all of a sudden theres steel and the middle eastern gent from the south. IT'S EMBARRASSING and yet funny to watch.

    June 10, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. EBC

    There you have it. The party of the K-Razy bunch! Newt Gingrich is a comical clown, he talks so much BS. His latest stupidity is stating he is not a citizen of the world. OH really, well what WORLD are you living in Newt? Are you an alien, because last time I checked we are ALL citizens of the WORLD. I guess Newt and the rest of the GOP loonies are living in some ALIEN far away land somewhere is LaLa-vile., It's this type of hypocritical biggotry that proves the GOP is clearly "out of touch" with the rest of the world.

    These COWARDS are really dellusional beyond compared. They are consistently contradicting their own FAILED POLICIES whenever it's convenient for THEM. Talk about never practicing what they themselvs preach!!!

    Republicans need to get their heads out of the sand and start "listening" to their base and STOP being the Obstructionist and Whining Party of Complaints and gutter theatrics, othewise they are going to find themselves on a desserted GOP island.

    I mean how many lessons does it take before you get a CLUE? Really? How many?

    June 10, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Expat American

    None of the 1015 individuals named Palin as the leader of the Party? Surely there is some error since she represents the ‘Real America’. God bless her for being the only one brave enough to exclude fellows Americans for not being ‘one of us’.
    Those Americans being:
    1.)Americans with an education.
    2.)Americans with a global perspective.
    3.)Americans who may practice a different faith.
    4.)Americans who may have dark skin.
    5.)Americans who do not follow an homegrown red state/small town bastardization of European Christianity
    6.)Americans who do not believe the United States is the center of the World.
    7.)Americans who do not believe that Jesus was an American.

    When she runs in 2012, maybe the GOP can pay for badges that she can hand out to all those who oppose her. Badges that say: “Not a real American”; similar and reminiscent of another era in history.

    June 10, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Shari, NY

    Judging from the photo op presented by this story, the pickings are slim. Why are Steele and Palin not added to this to complete the fiasco? I think that there should be a campaign to attract young, highly intelligent college graduates with computer savviness and the will to espouse the original ideals of what the party stands for.

    June 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Long Live Operation Chaos!

    Yay! Way to go, Rush!

    I knew you it. You ARE the leader of the GOP, a motley band of pirates determined to spread chaos everywhere.

    June 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. JohnVitali

    Iam a registered Democrat and a Iraq War Veteran and its no wonder why the Republicans popularity is in the toilet. The party has been taken over by right wing extremists who could care less about the average working man. They constantly cater to the super rich and the military industrial complex.The party continuously supports an unneccessary war in Iraq which doesnt have the full support of the American people. The Iraq war has been pushed under a rug and this war has apparently hurt our economy thru overspending. I dont think the Democrat Party is any better but they are an improvement over the Republicans! I will continue to support President Obama because he has the most commonsense of whats going on.

    June 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Jim

    I look forward to the day when the Republican Party is swept into history's dustbin to join all the other colossal failures– like the Whigs and the Know Nothings.

    June 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. The black spider

    Oh yeah the more and more Americans become more informed politicaly about both parties the more the republicans are exposed.
    The republicans have used lies and fear mongering tactics to not only brain washed the american people but also steal votes for a generation now. This economical crisis made people more aware politicaly and we all can see through the bull what the republicans is about.
    The party is there to promote the agenda of few rich minorities controlling the health insurance industry, the banks and the big coorporations. THE MOTTO OF THE PARTY IS GET RICH AND PROTECT THE RICH AT ALL PRICE TO THE EXPENSE OF THE POOR.
    That's why they oppose everything that favor the poor or the middle class and call it socialism because some people are ignorant enough to swallow that pill.
    They Fight for Choice only if it favor the very few richs but are against it
    when it favors the poor and the middle.

    June 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. carlo

    Wow, that's really sad. I can't believe that 13% of the Republican Party thinks that Rush is the leader, a man who has never held public office and hence has never been accountable to anyone for his words or actions. It's also really bad when 1/3 of an already disintegrating party doesn't see it favorably.

    June 10, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Pat Omaha, NE

    WOW!! Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republicans!
    Pompous hatred of so many people now the "message" of the GOP...
    How sad! Not exact;y what I think we need right now...but...

    June 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. felicia

    They all look pathetic in the picture, look at them who would want them to lead. Not me.

    June 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. LIP

    If I recall correctly, during the last election, no one really knew who was speaking for the Democrats either. The media would like us to believe that there is chaos where there is not and when the time comes, it will all get sorted out.

    June 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. yellowdoggie

    Look at them. What do they all have in common?

    June 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Lolbama

    In typical left wing fashion, the mainstream media is attempting to lead the sheople by the nose. Hey sheople, the GOP's in trouble. Hey sheople no one is leading the GOP. Hey sheople, don't pay attention to destruction occuring all around you.

    Ooooooooh!!!!! Obama lit a candle in Notre Dame!!!!


    June 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Bill

    I have a suggestion for the GOP how about they work with the President on this country problems. The solutions of the 1980;s the GOP talk about will not work today. Maybe the GOP are stuct in time.

    GOP the year is 2009 get wake up from the 1980's!

    June 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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