March 16th, 2009
07:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Republicans losing confidence in their leaders

Republicans are losing faith in GOP congressional leaders like Mitch McConnell.

Republicans are losing faith in GOP congressional leaders like Mitch McConnell.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Support for Republican leaders in Congress is tumbling - especially among Republicans.

According to a Pew telephone survey of 1,308 Americans conducted from March 9-12, just 43 percent of Republicans approve of their party's leaders in Washington - a 12-point drop from just one month ago, when their approval rating among Republicans stood at 55 percent.

In the month between early February and early March - a period that saw furious debate over the president’s economic stimulus package, followed by the bill’s ultimate passage - support for GOP leaders dropped 10 points among self-described conservative Republicans, and 12 points among moderate and liberal Republicans.

Among all Americans, support for the GOP is even lower. Just 28 percent approve of the job Republicans are doing, a six-point drop from last month, and slight majority of Americans say they disapprove of Republican leaders.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of Americans approve of the job Democratic leaders in Congress are doing, a rating virtually unchanged from a month ago.

The GOP also appears to be suffering from a lack of clear leadership. When asked who is leading the Republican Party, barely a quarter of Americans could come up with a name.

John McCain came up most often, with 11 percent naming him as the party’s leader. Five percent of Americans named Rush Limbaugh, while Newt Gingrich and Michael Steele were each named by two percent of those surveyed.

The party’s actual leaders in Congress - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner - were named by just one percent of Americans, a statistically insignificant number in a poll with a margin of error of three percentage points.

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