Republicans more interested in ideological purity than Democrats
"The poll indicates that a slight majority, 51%, of Republicans would prefer to see the GOP in their area nominate candidates who agree with them on all the major the issues even if they have a poor chance of beating the Democratic candidate. Forty-three percent of Republicans say they would rather have candidates with whom they don't agree on all the important issues but who can beat the Democrats."
In constrast, Democrats polled "seemed to place a slightly higher priority on electoral victory: 58% say that they would like their party to nominate candidates who can beat Republicans, even if they don't agree with those candidates on all the issues."
It would be interesting to see whether anyone asked this question when Democrats were in the minority and, if so, whether the numbers flipped. Is this a feature of the Republican Party or a feature of the party that's out of power?
November 18, 2009; 11:03 AM ET
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