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Epoch Reader Poll: Trump Still Leader of GOP; Prospect of 3rd Party Unpopular

Former President Donald Trump is overwhelmingly seen as the leader of the Republican Party while the prospect of a third party splitting the GOP appears to be unpopular, according to a new survey of more than 28,000 readers of The Epoch Times. About 82 percent of a total of 28,643 readers said they saw Trump as the “current leader of the GOP.” The second-most-voted figure was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who received 930 votes—around 3 percent of the total surveyed. Almost 8 percent voted for someone not mentioned on the survey, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Other recent polls have drawn similar results. A Morning Consult/Politico poll released on Feb. 15 found more than half of Republicans (59 percent) said Trump should play a “major role” in the GOP going forward, while 54 percent said …

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