The Washington Post –
If you thought the Republican base was angry before, get ready for what could be a very interesting August recess.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are increasingly unhappy with their party’s leadership — a fact that should matter plenty in the looming debates over immigration and the debt ceiling.
Overall, a majority of Republicans — 52 percent — say they are unhappy with their party’s leadership. That’s 20 points higher than it was before the August 2012 Republican National Convention and 10 points higher than it was in late 2009, as the tea party movement was getting off the ground.
And, increasingly, the unease spans all segments of the party.
According to the poll, 53 percent of Republicans who identify as “very conservative” say GOP leadership is taking the party in the wrong direction. That’s up significantly from August 2012, when 26 percent of “very conservative” Republicans said the same.