73% of Republican voters say party leaders out of touch; much higher than Dem percentage

73% of Republican voters say party leaders out of touch; much higher than Dem percentage
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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.

These findings are in line with surveys for several years that have asked voters to rate their party leaders in Congress.

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