Are Republican Voters Embarrassed Enough by Campaign to Jump Ship?

From a leftist or even moderate standpoint, it’s difficult to look at the GOP presidential campaigns and not be disturbed. Between the bravado, ignorance and hate speech, you have to wonder how Republicans can look at these spectacles and not consider it one big joke. Well, if it’s any relief, it turns out that most Republicans are embarrassed by what’s been occurring on the campaign trail.

This revelation comes from the latest New York Times and CBS News Poll. A full 60 percent of Republicans surveyed said they are “mostly embarrassed by their party’s presidential campaign.” As a point of comparison, just 13 percent of Democrats say the same about their own party. Clearly, the absurdity of the Republican candidates isn’t lost on conservative voters.

This embarrassment is taking a toll. Only half of Republicans look at their own party “favorably” at this point, while an equal number of conservatives have a favorable opinion of Donald Trump. Although it’s still probably disheartening to see even that many people willing to support Trump and the GOP, let’s not neglect to notice that the campaign has managed to alienate half of Republican voters. The election shenanigans may make for interesting news stories, but the party is going to be much worse off moving forward.

Okay, so conservatives aren’t happy with the GOP and Trump… Will that actually cost them any votes, though? A decent amount, it appears. Only 46 percent of Republicans are rooting for Trump to become the nominee at this point, but 82 percent say they’ll support him if he becomes the nominee. Still, 17 percent of Republicans say they would be unwilling to vote for Trump even if he is the nominee.

Ted Cruz is in a similar boat. 26 percent want him to win the nomination, and 79 percent are willing to vote for him should he eventually be the nominee. However, 19 percent of Republicans aren’t willing to support him in the end. That’s not an insignificant amount of people who have been too disturbed by the two frontrunners campaigns to cast their votes either man’s way.

Their “embarrassing” campaigns (by the Republican voters’ own admissions, mind you!) aren’t paying off with unaffiliated voters. 70 percent of independents now hold a negative view of the Republican Party, versus 55 percent for the Democrats. That significant difference in dislike from swing voters could cost them dearly come November.

Democrats can also learn some lessons from this same polling. There’s been a lot of discussion about how “contentious” things have become between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and how the party feels divided, but the actual data doesn’t support these theories. Just 33 percent of Democrats say their party is divided (compared to 88 percent of Republicans) and 82 percent still view their party favorably. Moreover, only 9 percent think the Democratic primary race has been more negative than previous campaigns.

Liberals have also worried that Sanders’ fans won’t be willing to vote for Clinton in the general election. While 10 percent of Democrats say they wouldn’t vote for Clinton, 9 percent said they’d never vote for Sanders, showing that the difference between the two isn’t remarkable. Both candidates definitely have more support from their parties than the Republican choices do.

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72 comments

william Miller
william Miller10 months ago

thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret G1 years ago

P. R. Doucett wrote that the Republicans " ... will be focusing all their energy and money on doing everything possible to assure that the Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, State Governorships and State Legislatures. ..."

P. R. is so correct. Look at how President Obama's good initiatives have been stopped cold by Congress and at all the horrible things coming out of the Republican controlled states. So be sure to look at the down-ticket races too and vote!

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret G1 years ago

Robert MacLean wonders why Care2 doesn't just ignore politics in favor of " ... issues we all care about like animal welfare and environmental concerns."

To me animal welfare and environmental concerns are also political. The problems are caused by and exacerbated by human overpopulation. Politicians and leaders who do not want family planning add to the problems. Politicians and leaders who deny human-caused climate change and refuse to do anything to ameliorate it add to the problems.

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S Gardner
sandy Gardner1 years ago

If the repub party splits into 2 pieces I just know the new party will be called "THE TRUMP"party

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S Gardner
sandy Gardner1 years ago

You would think they would. The candidates have done everything disgusting except flick boogers at each other.

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Marie W.
Marie W1 years ago

You would think by now...

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Karen H.
Karen H1 years ago

The scary thing is that Evangelicals are turning to Trump, even though their leaders are telling them he's against everything they believe in. I can't believe how many "religious" people, Blacks, and women are adamant about voting for Trump when they see his platform. If he thinks he can close mosques, what's to stop him from eventually closing churches? If his platform will make America better, we'd better dismantle the Statue of Liberty, burn the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y1 years ago

It's a real circular firing squad. Look at poor Mitt Romney's Facebook page; amazing how people attack this guy when he tries to speak up for decency and rule of law. Makes one almost feel sorry for Mr. 47.

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Deborah W.
Deborah W1 years ago

Truth be known, ALL voters should be embarrassed by their respective parties. Sandlot games by career pols on both sides, now rarely consider the needs of We The People. And that's part and parcel of OUR OWN DOING ... to have allowed it to get this far.

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