A Democratic pollster looked into the divisions within the Republican Party. What he found, he suggests, shows that moderates are vastly outnumbered by the GOP's more conservative elements.
Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor/File
A new, in-depth national survey examining the makeup of the Republican Party reveals major divisions between the views of the 25 percent of the party that describes itself as moderate and the evangelical and tea party segments that make up a majority of the GOP.
“What that means is that there is a group that is disaffected with its own party and has almost no ability to control the future of the party given the strength of the evangelical and religious segments and given the strength of the tea party segments,” says Stanley Greenberg, chairman and CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.
“It becomes very hard for those moderates to find a place,” Mr. Greenberg said Tuesday at a Monitor-hosted breakfast where the polling data was released. “The divisions within the party itself are very stark.”
The poll, conducted in July surveyed 2012 voters and likely 2014 voters, was sponsored by Democracy Corps, an organization founded by Greenberg and James Carville, both Democratic Party activists. The poll divides Republican voters into the following major types which, for purposes of the survey, do not overlap: