Forget what Mike Murphy and "Tokyo" Peggy Noonan have said about the need for the GOP to become more centrist. Fifty-five percent of Republican supporters polled said the party must move rightward. Here is some more breakdown:
Unaffiliated voters are much more closely divided. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the party has been too conservative over the past eight years, while 34% think it’s been too moderate. For 14%, the party’s been about right, and 13% are undecided.There is some speculation the unaffiliated number might be overrepresented by former republicans alienated by Bush, but the results are still conclusive--the party wants more of ideological conservatives like palin and less of wishy washy centrists like John McCain.
Regarding the future of the party, 46% of unaffiliated voters say follow Sarah Palin, while 26% like McCain…
For McCain, unaffiliateds break 10% Very Favorable and eight percent (8%) Very Unfavorable. But 35% of unaffiliated voters have a Very Favorable opinion of Palin, compared to 15% who have a Very Unfavorable view.