June 10th, 2009
03:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Majority unsure who speaks for the GOP

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/10/art.gop.gi.jpg caption="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. Michael Jordan

    Well, When you have people speaking like Cheney, Ginrich, Limbaugh, What would you expect, You have a Liar(Cheney), Druggie(Limaugh), and a Crook (Ginrich) Now that is supposed to be the Norm for Political Office, That what we expected before. Now this Country is in need of real Americans who care about america, So Listen Up People When it comes time to Vote again, Kick all the Liar, Cheats, druggies and incompetent people out That may leave a handful left. Then this country can get on with it life again.

    June 10, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Arthur

    I think they should change everything they ever believed in, including the name of the party. Trust me "CHANGE" is the key word.

    June 10, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. CS in PA

    Don't forget Palin! She certainly won't let anyone forget her!

    June 10, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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