Rise of the anti-establishment.
If anyone is wondering what’s behind the high poll numbers for political outsiders in this election, a new poll from FOX News has possible answers. A startling number of Republican primary voters feel betrayed by the party.
Dana Blanton has the details:
Fox News Poll: Outsiders rule 2016 GOP field, support for Biden nearly doubles
Most Republicans feel betrayed by their party — and show their displeasure by supporting outsiders over establishment candidates in the GOP presidential race.
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are the favorites in the Republican race in the latest Fox News national poll on the 2016 election. Neither has held elected office before and yet the two of them — together with businesswoman Carly Fiorina — capture the support of more than half of GOP primary voters…
Trump stays on top with 26 percent among GOP primary voters, followed by Carson at 18 percent. Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are next, tied at 9 percent. All four have gained ground. After the August Fox News debate, Trump had 25 percent, while Carson had 12 percent, Fiorina 5 percent and Rubio 4 percent.
Trump holds his leader status even though he was once again rated in the poll as having done the worst job in the debate. Fiorina, Rubio and Carson receive positive marks for their performances.
The appeal of outsiders comes from significant dissatisfaction with the party establishment: 62 percent of Republican primary voters feel “betrayed” by politicians in their party, and another 66 percent say the recent Republican majorities in Washington have failed to do all they could to block or reverse President Obama’s agenda. For comparison, 40 percent of Democratic primary voters feel betrayed by their party.
You can see the full poll results here.
The Daily Mail has more:
Trump’s ahead in another poll – and no wonder, two-thirds of Republicans say they feel ‘betrayed’ by their own party leaders
Republican voters want a shake up in Washington, and they think Donald Trump could be the man for the job.
A quarter of Republicans in Quinnipiac’s latest survey, out this morning, wanted to send Trump to the White House.
A Fox News poll put the billionaire at 26 percent, and a Bloomberg questionnaire had him at 21. The Fox poll also found that 51 percent of Republicans feel ‘betrayed’ by their party leaders.
Two-thirds said they are angry because they feel Republicans, who have a slim majority in the Senate and a slightly higher head count in the House, aren’t doing enough to block the Democratic president’s agenda.
Asked why they think that is, 28 percent said they believe their party’s representatives don’t really want to defy President Barack Obama, and 13 percent ‘they aren’t smart enough’ to get the job done.
A plurality, 38 percent, said party infighting was the problem, and that members of Congress would rather battle each other than their political opponents on the other side of the aisle.
The unrest in the party has been a boon for the candidacies of Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.
It certainly seems like a problem of the party’s own making.
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