While the politicians in DC bicker over who gets to be the Speaker of the House and Mitch McConnell surrenders to Democrats on issue after issue, GOP voters are growing more and more frustrated with the obviously incompetent GOP leadership.
That was shown in stunningly clear terms by a recent poll conducted by the Convention of States. According to the poll, nearly three-quarters of GOP voters think that the GOP needs new leadership and want Ronna McDaniel, the current head of the GOP, thrown out by the seat of her pants.
More specifically, Convention of States Action survey which was conducted by the Trafalgar Group, found that 73 percent of GOP voters want a new person elected to lead the RNC this month. Yet worse for McDaniel, only 6 percent of GOP voters said that they wanted her…the remaining 21 percent said they were unsure about who they wanted to run. So, among all of the GOP voters, only a minuscule number want the current head of the party to remain in her position.
The same poll found that it’s not just McDaniel that GOP voters are dissatisfied with. Among those polled, a whopping 63 percent are disappointed with the Republican Party and its congressional leadership, seeing them as ineffective, particularly in the realm of getting Republicans elected.
Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States, was quoted by the Hill as saying, when speaking about the poll results:
“Voters believe the only way to hold the GOP accountable for its failures is to make way for new leadership. Grassroots activists have known for a long time that GOP leadership in Congress and at the RNC aren’t focused on fighting for conservative principles, or even winning a majority, but rather keeping themselves in power and funding the permanent political consultant class.”
Just the News, reporting on why GOP voters are fed up with McDaniel and who might pose an effective challenge to her leadership, said:
Under McDaniel’s leadership, Republicans lost the House majority in 2018, the Senate, the House and the White House in 2020 and the Senate again in 2022. While Republicans won the House in 2022, the anticipated “red wave” was underwhelming.
McDaniel’s most serious challenge to her position as chair comes from Trump lawyer Harmeet Dhillon, who has been endorsed by prominent conservatives such as longtime RNC member Morton Blackwell.
Despite the potential for an effective challenger, however, McDaniel will likely remain in the spot because the majority of RNC members are loyal to her and willing to vote for her, as The Hill reported, saying:
The results reflect some of the growing unrest with McDaniel’s leadership of the RNC as she faces her first real challenge since taking over the national party apparatus in 2017. While a growing number of conservatives are calling for her to step down, McDaniel has the support of a majority of RNC members, which is all she needs to win reelection.
But, at the very least, perhaps the growing dissatisfaction among GOP voters will lead to some changes within the party and on what issues it focuses, such as moving from corporate tax cuts to culture war issues. Time will tell.
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