POLL: Voters more likely to see Dems as dominated by extremists

This is fascinating:

Likely voters in battleground districts see extremists as having a more dominant influence over the Democratic Party than the GOP.

This result comes from The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll, which found that 44 percent of likely voters say the Democratic Party is more dominated by its extreme elements; whereas 37 percent say it’s the Republican Party that is more dominated by extremists.

I couldn’t agree more, but this one bit stood out to me:

More than one in every five Democrats (22 percent) in The Hill’s survey said their party was more dominated than the GOP by extreme views. The equivalent figure among Republicans is 11 percent.

Which represents what I have always believed. Regular everyday people who identify as Democrats, are not as radical as their leaders, and they clearly are aware of that. They are not represented well. Republicans are much more represented by people who are more like them, and not extreme in their views, although the media would like you to believe the opposite.

Independents see things the same way:

Forty-three percent of likely independent voters said the Democratic party is more dominated by its extreme elements compared to 37 percent who though the GOP had fallen under the sway of extreme views.

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