POLITICS
07/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Limbaugh, Gingrich, Cheney Seen As Speaking For GOP: Poll

Republicans aren't sure who speaks for their party, a new Gallup poll found -- but opinion is split between three fairly old white men who hold no political office.

Asked to name the "main person who speaks for the Republican Party today," Republicans across the country were most likely to name three men: Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney. (Both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly say Barack Obama is the main person who speaks for the Democratic Party.) Forty-seven percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents could not even come up with a single name in response to the question.

USA Today noted that "the dominant faces of the Republican Party are all men, all white, all conservative and all old enough to join AARP."

"We cannot be a party of balding white guys," former Republican Party national chairman Ed Gillespie told the paper. "We have to have a broader appeal, but there's time for us to make that change."

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