Dems want Republicans to be ‘centrist’ but GOP voters disagree

Democrats want Republican politicians to be moderates, but Republican voters want them to be more like Donald Trump. (Screen capture, YouTube, ABC)

Here’s a big shocker: Democrats want Republican politicians to be more “centrist” – that is, to lean more toward moderation and liberalism – but GOP voters want their party to be more like President Donald Trump, a new Rasmussen Reports survey revealed Monday.

According to Rasmussen, 66 percent of likely Democratic voters want the Republican Party to be stocked with politicians like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But 63 percent of survey respondents who identified themselves as Republicans want the party to be more like the president.

“Among all likely voters,” the Rasmussen survey revealed, “45% say the Republican Party should be more like Kasich and Schwarzenegger, while 38% think it should be more like Trump. A sizable 17%, though, are not sure.”

And to further muddle things, Rasmussen also reported that “A plurality (47%) believes Trump has been bad for the Republican Party. Thirty-eight percent (38%) feel he has been good for the GOP. Nine percent (9%) say he has had no impact.”

However, 61 percent of the likely Republican voters think things are going just fine in America and the president has been good for the party. Twenty-nine percent think he hasn’t helped the GOP.

And another non-surprise was the revelation that 72 percent of Democrats think Trump has hurt the Republican Party.

What these poll results reflect is a deepening divide in the country that might be demonstrated in the ratings of Sunday’s Academy Awards, which appear to have plummeted from last year’s program. Both were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who is evidently no fan of Trump, conservatives or their values. Middle America, which used to enjoy the Oscars when Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and even Billy Crystal hosted with an eye on humor, appears willing to forego three hours of nastiness.

Another manifestation might be in the Daily Mail report over the weekend that membership interest in the National Rifle Association has apparently exploded since the Valentine’s Day high school attack in Florida. According to the newspaper, “Google searches for ‘NRA membership’ have risen roughly 4,900 percent since the week before the Feb. 14 shooting, with new members flocking to support the gun owners’ rights group.”

The newspaper, which is a British publication, acknowledged that since that shooting, “the focus of vitriol” has been “directed at the NRA.”

The British, or at least their media, seems fascinated with America’s “gun culture.”