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Poll: Younger Republicans Feel Candidate Diversity Is The Key To Winning

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A young supporter listens as former Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

A young supporter listens as former Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center has found that younger Republicans feel the GOP should nominate more women and minorities as candidates in order to bolster the party’s chances of winning elections.

According to a release posted by Pew concerning the poll’s findings, 68 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 39 who identified as Republican or conservative felt that nominating more ethnically and racial diverse people would help the party succeed more in national elections. Additionally, 64 percent feel that nominating women would have a similar effect.

“More generally, younger Republicans are more likely than older Republicans to say that the GOP has not been welcoming to all groups of people,” researchers additionally noted. “Overall, most Republicans (60 percent) think the party ‘is tolerant and open to all groups of people,’ while 36 percent say it is not.”

Republicans under the age of 40 are said to account for a third of the entire party, and are also less likely to refer to themselves as Republicans, instead stating that they “lean toward the GOP.”

Younger Republicans are also not as likely to call their political perspectives “conservative.” Fifty-four percent of conservatives under 40 did so, as opposed to 67 percent of those in the older age echelon.

There was one element that both younger and older Republicans agreed upon, however.

“[Y]ounger and older Republicans generally agree that the GOP needs to address major problems – rather than just make minor changes – in order to be competitive in the future,” the release noted.

According to the survey taken by Pew, 60 percent of the under-40 crowd polled and 66 percent of older Republicans felt that significant alterations needed to happen in their party.

The survey was conducted late last month, and focused on participants who identified as either Republican or “Republican-leaning.”

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