Democrats in Congress more representative of their party than Republicans?
The latest Rasmussen survey has an interesting analysis of the race up in Ny-23 and what it says about the GOP. The most interesting aspect of it was what it says about what the party base has to say about the Republican leadership - specifically those in Congress.
According to the survey, 73% of Republicans believe that the congressional GOP has lost touch with the party's base. Which just pins a number of what we've known and experienced for the last several years or more.
What's even more interesting, or perhaps revealing, is the way the folks on the other side of the aisle feel...
...while Republican voters say their congressional representatives are out of touch, a plurality (47%) of Democratic voters view their members of Congress as roughly in the same place they are ideologically. Just 27% say the average Democratic member of Congress is more liberal than the average Democrat, while 19% think the average Democrat in Congress is more conservative.
In other words, Democrats in Congress are more representative of their party's base than Republicans are. And when you consider that twice as many Americans self-identify themselves as conservatives, it better explains the level of anger and frustration that's bubbling up all across the country.