The GOP is losing its core voters, and so are their donors, the latest poll found.
The Washington Post-ABC News survey released Tuesday found that 52 percent of Republican voters surveyed said they were “very likely” to vote for a candidate who is “not conservative.”
Among the party’s top donors, 57 percent said they would “not” back the party nominee.
In an effort to appeal to these voters, Republicans have spent months touting the party as the “resistance,” while simultaneously criticizing its establishment.
They have touted the “values” of the party, and they have called for a more inclusive party, but they have not shown an ability to attract enough conservative voters to defeat President Donald Trump.
According to the Post-Advertiser poll, only 31 percent of GOP voters surveyed are Republicans who say they plan to vote in the November general election.
Only 18 percent of voters polled said they plan on supporting the party if Trump is elected president.
“When I say this to my party, I’m saying it to myself,” GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told The Hill.
“I don’t think the party is ready to win this election.
The only thing that we’ve got to worry about is who is elected.””
I think we have a lot of time to make a lot more progress, and I’m not ready to be a part of that process,” Gaetz added.
The Republican Party is in a bit of a quandary, he added, as the party has failed to capitalize on its gains to become more inclusive.
“We need to get more Republicans elected, and we need to be more inclusive of Republicans, especially when it comes to race.”
Democrats have had some success with winning over the white, working-class voters who are the backbone of the Republican Party, but many Republican voters, particularly the white working-poor, have not yet warmed to the party.
The Post-AAP poll found that just 31 percent said the GOP has the “right values” in order to win back the white vote.
In contrast, 62 percent said Republicans are “too conservative.”
The party has been able to capitalize in the past on the support of white voters who were alienated by the Obama administration.
Trump won over white working class voters in 2008 and 2016 by leading by double digits among them, according to a Post-Kaiser poll.
But Trump’s support among white voters overall has dropped in recent years.
As the party struggles to attract these voters to the polls, the GOP is also in danger of alienating white voters with its rhetoric about economic opportunity and the need to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“Trump is talking about building a border wall and saying it’s a bad idea,” Republican strategist Dan Pfeiffer told The Washington Post in January.
“He wants to build walls, not build jobs.
That’s the kind of rhetoric that we’re going to have to change if we want to win the white voter vote.”
Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York, a frequent critic of Trump, has been one of the most vocal critics of the GOP’s rhetoric on immigration.
“I don`t believe the GOP wants to talk about immigration or about our immigration policy,” Collins told The New York Times in April.
“The Republican party doesn`t want to talk immigration.
I don`s think they want to be the party that says, ‘Let’s make a big deal out of the fact that we are not going to deport people.’
I think that`s the wrong way to go about it.
That`s just not the Republican party.”
Trump, in turn, has said he will build a border fence to keep out illegal immigrants and will prioritize the deportation of people who commit crimes.
The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
Despite the criticism, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said that Republicans are in a better position than the Democrats to win in 2020.
“You can see that Republicans have been very focused on their message and their policies and their message has been very resonant and has been attracting a lot,” Blackburn told the Post.
“It`s very, very appealing to many people.”