Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nominating fight is souring many voters on the GOP

By Patrick O’Connor, WSJ
Jan. 18, 2016 6:30 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—Bryan Yarde, a 25-year-old independent voter from Florida who says he leans conservative, is closely following the Republican presidential primary—and doesn’t like what he sees from the two leading candidates, businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

“The nativist tendencies of Cruz and Trump are pretty atrocious,” said Mr. Yarde, adding that he would consider supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton if either man wins the GOP nomination.

The Republican primary is generating more interest than the Democratic contest, but that attention isn’t entirely good news for the party, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found. The Republican nominating fight is souring critical constituencies, including independents, Latinos, suburban women and registered voters open to supporting either party in the fall.

Overall, 42% of voters say the Republicans’ rambunctious nominating contest has given them a less favorable impression of the party, compared with the 19% who say they now view the GOP more favorably. For Democrats, 28% view the party less favorably as a result of their primary, while 17% say they have a more favorable view.

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