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Survey: Americans View GOP As ‘Extreme,’ ‘Out Of Touch’

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File photo of a supporter of Mitt Romney attending a rally last November. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a supporter of Mitt Romney attending a rally last November. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The findings of a new survey, released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center For the People & the Press in Washington, D.C., indicates that the majority of Americans view Republicans as out of touch and too extreme.

According to the center’s report, as many as 62 percent of those who participated polled rated GOP supporters as “out of touch with the American people.” Additionally, 52 percent felt the party was too extreme.

“In January, just 33 [percent] said they viewed the [Republican] party favorably, among the lowest marks of the last 20 years,” the report additionally noted. “The GOP’s favorable rating has not been above 50 percent since shortly after George W. Bush’s reelection in 2004.”

There were notable differences in regards to how members of each party viewed the GOP, Pew Researchers observed.

“Partisan views about whether the Republican Party is too extreme are mirror images,” the report said. “[A total of] 78 percent of Republicans say the GOP is not too extreme, while 19 [percent] say it is, [while] 78 [percent] of Democrats view the Republican Party as too extreme while 19 [percent] disagree.”

However, the study additionally learned that conservatives view their own party more negatively than liberals regard their own.

But while people on both sides of the political fence expressed concern regarding the direction of the Republican Party, the GOP was also given high marks in regards to having strong principles from all participating political parties.

Researchers reportedly polled 1,504 adults between Feb. 13 and Feb. 18 for this survey.

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