Poll: Republicans Want Politicians to Stand Up for GOP Values

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 03:08 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Most Republicans think it's more important for their party to stand for what it believes in than to work with President Barack Obama, a new Rasmussen survey reveals. 

But the GOP supporters don't think their lawmakers back traditional GOP values.

According to a national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters, 80% said that their party should back Republican values, while only 17 percent said it's more important to work with the president.

However, a clear majority — 65 percent of Republican voters — said they think their party's leaders are out of touch with voters and the party's opinions.

The poll shows that while compromise and bipartisanship is sought in the nation's capital, GOP voters have not changed their opinions since Obama decisively won re-election over Republican contender Mitt Romney last November.

However, among all likely voters, there has been a shift in attitude about cooperation, the report said.  Forty-seven percent of those polled believe it's more important for the GOP to work with Obama, compared to 55 percent of those polled last November.

Meanwhile, most Democrats say they're satisfied that their party's lawmakers follow party values. Fifty-nine percent say Democratic members of Congress represent party values well, down from 63 percent in January. Another 34 percent, though, said they think their lawmakers have lost touch with Democratic voters.

The poll comes just a few weeks after another survey showing only 10 percent of voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job -- and only 10 percent think lawmakers get re-elected because of the job they do, saying that they win because the elections are rigged.

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