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Republicans Agree: GOP Has No Leader

Monday, 09 Mar 2009 12:46 PM

By David A. Patten


More than two-thirds of all Republicans feel their party has no clear leader, according to a national survey by Rasmussen Reports. That compares to just 10 percent of Democrats who say their party is leaderless.

The survey comes in the context of Democrats’ efforts to portray talk-host Rush Limbaugh as the party’s head man.

Other results from the Rasmussen survey of 1,000 adults:

  • Just 5 percent think presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the party’s leader. RNC Chairman Michael Steele also wins 5 percent.

  • About 2 percent of Republicans say talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh is the GOP’s top dog. That compares to 7 percent of Democrats who see him in that role.

  • Sarah Palin shows up in the survey, but only 1 percent identify her as the party’s leader, however.

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner are tied in the leadership department. For each, one half of 1 percent selected either McConnell or Boehner as the leader of the GOP.

    Overall, 68 percent of Republicans say the GOP currently has no clear leader.

    Democrats, naturally, are in a better position when it comes to identifying their leader. About 66 percent of Democrats say President Obama is leading their party.

    Another 4 percent say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the leader, and 2 percent name Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy.


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