TIME 2016 Election

Poll: Majority of Republicans Embarrassed by Primary Campaign

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate In Miami Area
Carolyn Cole—LA Times/Getty Images Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich take part in a debate at the University of Miami on March 10, 2016, hosted by CNN and the Washington Times.

88% say their party is divided

A new New York Times/CBS News poll found that 60% of Republicans are embarrassed by their party’s primary campaign, compared with just 13% of Democrats.

Republicans were also much more likely to say they felt their party was divided, with 88% saying yes compared with 33% of Democrats. Members of the GOP were also less likely to say they had a favorable opinion of their party or its frontrunner candidate, and more likely to say the tone of their party’s campaign has been more negative than in past years.

Half of Democrats said they expected Hillary Clinton to be their nominee, and 46% of Republicans said the same of Donald Trump.

Among all registered voters, asked how they would feel about each candidate if he or she became president, people were most likely to respond “excited” about Bernie Sanders and most likely to respond “scared” about Donald Trump. John Kasich received the highest percentage responses in both of the two middle categories of “optimistic” and “concerned.”

The poll included 1,252 adults, 1,058 of whom identified themselves as registered voters, with 362 Republican primary voters and 388 Democratic primary voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 6 points for each party and plus or minus four points for all voters.


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