GOP Members Show Disagreement Over the Unprecedented Expulsion of McCarthy from Speaker Role, According to AP-NORC Survey

by Chloe Baker
Kevin McCarthy removal

The extraordinary removal of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has generated internal discord among Republicans, who remain divided over whether the move was justifiable, as revealed by a recent poll.

A mere 25% of Republican respondents endorse the surprising action taken by a minority contingent of House Republicans to oust the representative from California from his leadership position during a vote last week. Meanwhile, 30% of Republicans opine that the decision, which was backed by a small Republican faction and the entire Democratic caucus, was erroneous.

Betsy Young, an Oregon-based Republican, commented to The Big Big News, “The situation is chaotic and counterproductive.”

In a survey conducted by The Big Big News-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research after this historic event—McCarthy being the first speaker ever to be voted out—approximately 43% of Republicans expressed neither approval nor disapproval.

Additional Context on Political Developments

The GOP has nominated Steve Scalise as the new House speaker candidate, aiming for party unity before an official floor vote. Ongoing internal strife and power struggles characterize the contemporary Republican Party. Concurrently, issues such as abortion rights and marijuana legalization are expected to drive voter turnout in early voting in Ohio.

In the broader context, the American public appears to be ambivalent on the McCarthy matter. Around one-fourth of Americans approve and disapprove, respectively, while roughly half have no opinion.

Thomas Adkins, a North Carolina-based Republican, voiced his disappointment with McCarthy, criticizing his agreement with Democrats on a funding bill to avert a government shutdown. Kevin Fry, another Republican from Indiana, concurred, stating that McCarthy had failed to uphold his commitments on fiscal conservatism and other party priorities.

This discord mirrors the sentiments expressed by eight far-right members who advocated for McCarthy’s removal in a House vote last week. The subsequent alignment of Democrats with this faction has led to a disordered state of leadership within the House Republican caucus, which is currently hastening to elect a new speaker.

However, Young, a self-described moderate Republican, decried the rationale for McCarthy’s ousting as “foolish,” contending that it will tarnish the party’s image going forward.

The survey also indicates a divide within the party lines, with 31% of conservative Republicans in favor of the removal compared to 16% of moderate or liberal Republicans. However, 33% of conservatives also disapprove of the move. Interestingly, 25% of Democrats also express disapproval, even though all Democratic representatives voted for McCarthy’s expulsion. Thirty percent of Democrats approved of the decision.

Deedee Gunderson, a Democrat from New Mexico, expressed concern that McCarthy’s removal has emboldened the more radical elements within the Republican Party, stating, “They seem intent on undermining the government.”

Post-McCarthy’s expulsion, unfavorable opinions about the former speaker among Republicans have risen slightly, from 25% to 39%, as per an AP-NORC poll.

This leadership crisis coincides with the legislative body’s recent narrow avoidance of a government shutdown, deferring its fiscal deadline to mid-November. The impeding debates on financial allocations, notably aid to Ukraine against Russian aggression, are anticipated to resume shortly. The survey shows that 69% of Republicans, contrasted with 37% of Democrats, believe that U.S. expenditure on aid to Ukraine is excessive.

Ultimately, the American populace remains divided over which party can better manage the federal budget—27% favor Democrats, 26% Republicans, and a third have no confidence in either party.

Kevin Fry summarizes the prevailing sentiment: “The level of national debt incurred by both parties is alarmingly high, transcending party lines.”

The survey involved 1,163 adults and was conducted from October 5 to 9, 2023. It utilized a sample from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, intended to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of error for the entire set of respondents is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Kevin McCarthy removal

What is the main topic of the article?

The main topic of the article is the division within the Republican Party following the unprecedented removal of Kevin McCarthy from his role as House Speaker. The article is based on a recent AP-NORC poll that surveyed opinions among Republicans and the broader American public.

Who conducted the poll mentioned in the article?

The poll was conducted by The Big Big News-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

What percentage of Republicans support McCarthy’s removal?

According to the AP-NORC poll, 25% of Republicans expressed support for Kevin McCarthy’s removal from the position of House Speaker.

Do Democrats support or oppose McCarthy’s removal?

A quarter of Democrats disapprove of McCarthy being removed, even though all their representatives voted in favor of the motion. Thirty percent of Democrats approve of the decision.

What are the general sentiments of the American public on this issue?

The American public is largely divided on the issue of Kevin McCarthy’s removal. About a quarter approve, a quarter disapprove, and roughly half have no strong opinion either way.

What is expected to be a major issue in upcoming financial debates?

One of the major issues expected to resurface in the coming financial debates is U.S. aid to Ukraine, especially in the context of Russia’s invasion.

What percentage of Americans trust either of the two major parties to handle the federal budget?

According to the poll, 27% of Americans believe Democrats would do a better job handling the federal budget, while 26% favor Republicans. A third of Americans say they trust neither party.

When was the poll conducted and what is its margin of error?

The poll was conducted from October 5 to 9, 2023. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points for all respondents.

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CryptoQueen October 11, 2023 - 8:57 pm

Just goes to show, no ones safe in politics anymore. What a time to be alive. Also, why’s everyone worried about Ukraine aid now?

Maggie_1984 October 11, 2023 - 9:14 pm

I’m not sure why ppl are surprised. The guy was making deals with Democrats. Isn’t that against what he promised his own party?

MidwestFarmer October 11, 2023 - 11:53 pm

Another day, another drama in Washington. when will they ever learn that they’re supposed to work for us, not against each other?

Ann_in_California October 12, 2023 - 12:00 am

Well I’m a Democrat and i kinda agree with Thomas Adkins. If you promise something to your party, you better deliver. Doesn’t matter which side ur on.

SophiaAcademia October 12, 2023 - 3:29 am

Data’s fascinating but why are so many people ambivalent? Is it a lack of information, or do they genuinely not care?

TechGuy21 October 12, 2023 - 2:22 pm

A 3.9% margin of error, huh? That’s pretty significant when you’re talking about something as important as this. Polls aren’t the be all end all.

JohnDoe42 October 12, 2023 - 4:06 pm

Wow, never thought I’d see the day McCarthy gets ousted. this is crazy and shows just how divided we are. GOP needs to get it together!

MotorHead93 October 12, 2023 - 4:48 pm

Anyone else here thinks that this whole mess will just make the next speaker even more cautious? like, who’d want that job now?

SteveInFinance October 12, 2023 - 6:37 pm

So, 1/4th of Americans have no opinion? Guess they’re too busy with Netflix to care about who’s running the country.

PolicyWonk October 12, 2023 - 7:58 pm

Honestly, we should be more focused on the budget. That’s the ticking time bomb no ones talking about. Dems and Repubs need to get their act together.


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