New survey suggests GOP voters looking for populist leadership to carry the party into the future.
A majority of Republicans trust Donald Trump more than House Speaker Paul Ryan to lead the party, according to an NBC/Survey Monkey poll released Tuesday.
The poll showed that 63 percent of Republican respondents trusted Trump’s leadership over Ryan’s, while 34 percent preferred to place their trust in Ryan over Trump. When Democrats were asked the same question, 84 percent said they trusted Ryan more as a leader — while just 4 percent picked Trump.
When Trump supporters were isolated as a separate group and asked whose leadership they trusted more for the GOP, 72 percent chose Trump, while just 25 percent chose Ryan. When the supporters for Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein were separated, 2 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent picked Trump over Ryan, respectively.
This poll comes amid internal Republican Party upheaval over which wing of the GOP should take the helm after the 2016 election.
Trump and Ryan have engaged in several contentious spats — most notably when the House speaker announced after the release of the 11 year-old “Access Hollywood” tape that he would no longer campaign with Trump and instead would focus his efforts on re-electing and maintaining a Republican Congress.
At the time, Trump lambasted Ryan in a barrage of tweets and in verbal remarks.
The GOP nominee offered a more conciliatory message during a rally in Florida Sunday.
“Go out and vote — and that includes helping me re-elect Republicans all over the place,” Trump urged his supporters, saying that a “Republican House and Senate” was key to implementing his agenda as president.
“I hope they help me too! It’d be nice if they help us too, right?” Trump couldn’t help adding.
The poll featured the responses of 32,225 likely voters and was issued between Oct. 17-23.