Americans Do Not See Donald Trump As GOP Party Standard-Bearer
If primary elections are generally considered a way to find the two major parties’ standard-bearers, consider that another departure from the norm in 2016.
Only 23 percent of U.S. adults see presidential nominee Donald Trump as the leader of the Republican party, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll. Forty percent see House Speaker Paul D. Ryan as the party’s leader — roughly the same amount as those who said they are not sure.
Even among Trump supporters, fewer than half see the presidential candidate as the party’s leader. Forty-two percent view him as their standard-bearer, while 29 percent of Trump backers see Ryan as the head of the GOP.