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Poll: GOP Voters Prefer Trump Over Ryan To Lead Party

| by Robert Fowler
The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of WisconsinThe House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin

The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, may have ideological differences with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but his party seems to place more trust in the business mogul.

On May 13, a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll found that the majority of registered Republicans voters across the conservative spectrum place more trust in Trump to lead the GOP.

Ryan signaled that party unity would take some time after politely declining to endorse Trump in early May. The two have since had a meeting to iron out their differences, but the House Speaker has yet to fully embrace the business mogul’s platform, some of which contradicts his political philosophy.

The NBC News survey results indicate that the House Speaker may be at odds with his own party constituency. Of those polled, 58 percent of registered Republicans prefer Trump’s vision for the GOP while 39 percent trust Ryan more as a leader.

Republicans who identify as very conservative identify most with Trump’s leadership, 63 percent trusting the business mogul over Ryan. Meanwhile, only 34 percent view the House Speaker as the party’s rightful leader.

Also, 57 percent of respondents who identify as plainly conservative trust Trump more, while 40 percent side with Ryan. Lastly, Republican voters who describe themselves as moderate trust the business mogul over the House Speaker by an identical margin.

“First of all, this is not Paul Ryan’s party anymore,” said “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough in reaction to the poll, according to Breitbart. “This is Donald Trump’s party.”

A former Republican Representative of Florida, Scarborough added, “Paul Ryan’s policies are not the policies that drive the Republican base anymore.”

Ryan himself appears to have taken the polling data on the chin, telling reporters that he views the survey results positively.

“I hope it’s Donald Trump,” Ryan said, according to The Hill. “He’s getting the nomination.”

When asked if Trump had indeed become the leader of the GOP, Ryan responded, “Good Lord, I hope it is, because the person who is getting the nomination is the person to lead our party.”

The House Speaker has yet to officially endorse Trump for the presidency.

Sources: BreitbartNBC News, The Hill / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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