More Americans View Greene, Not Cheney As Representative of Republican Party
A new Quinnipiac poll shows more Americans view freshmen Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene as representative of the Republican party than Congresswoman Liz Cheney, underscoring a shift toward QAnon and violent extremism for the party.
The poll comes on the heels of several turbulent weeks for Washington Republicans as they struggle to navigate the QAnon takeover of their party, following the violent mob attack on the Capitol that killed a police officer and injured hundreds of others.
Earlier this month, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has grown her foothold with the Republican base, was stripped of her committee assignments in a bipartisan rebuke after she pushed a conspiracy that the Parkland and Newtown shootings were hoaxes, called for violence against Democrats, and declared deadly wildfires were caused by Jewish space lasers.
DCCC Spokesperson Christine Bennett released the following statement:
“The DCCC launched a more than $600,000 bilingual ad campaign this month to inform the American people that Republicans in Washington have caved to Marjorie Taylor Greene and her violent QAnon mob that stormed the Capitol, killed a police officer, and wounded hundreds more. We will continue to remind voters that Marjorie Taylor Greene and violent, dangerous views like hers have infected her entire party.”
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More Americans questioned in a new survey said that they think Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is representative of the Republican Party than Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), underscoring the rightward drift of the GOP.
According to the Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday, 28 percent of Americans said Greene represents the GOP, while 25 percent said the same of Cheney. Forty-seven percent did not offer an opinion.
Both lawmakers have been thrust into the national spotlight in recent weeks. Greene generated a slew of headlines over past remarks calling for violence against Democrats, claiming school shootings were staged and suggesting wildfires were caused by a secret space laser. She has also promoted the groundless QAnon conspiracy theory. The House voted this month to strip her of her committee assignments.
Cheney, meanwhile, has drawn fierce Republican pushback over her vote in January to impeach then-President Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. That vote resulted in a censure by her state Republican Party and a failed effort from House conservatives to remove her from her leadership position.
A slight majority of Americans in the new survey — 52 percent — said they still have not heard of Greene. Only 9 percent had a favorable view of her, compared with 38 percent who had an unfavorable view. Greene’s favorability rating is in the single digits among Democrats and independents, but 17 percent of Republicans hold a favorable view, compared with 20 percent who have an unfavorable opinion.
Cheney’s vote, meanwhile, has elevated her standing nationally and among Democrats but led Republicans to sour on her. Twenty-seven percent of Americans overall have a favorable opinion of her, while 19 percent have an unfavorable opinion. Forty-six percent of Democrats said they view her favorably, with just 9 percent viewing her unfavorably, but only 7 percent of Republicans say they have a favorable opinion.
When asked who should have a bigger role in the GOP moving forward, 45 percent of respondents went with Cheney, while 14 percent said Greene. However, among Republicans, 25 percent sided with Greene while 22 percent said Cheney.
“Two Republican Congresswomen take political heat with very different outcomes. Rep. Liz Cheney’s stand on impeachment costs her within the GOP but wins over some Democrats. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s vitriolic and specious rhetoric does nothing but cripple her standing as a freshman representative and costs her dearly in the House,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,056 adults from Feb. 11-14 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.