A new Gallup poll shows 63% of the Republican Party are white conservatives, with another 26% saying they are white but not conservative. Only 11 % represent Hispanics, Black, Asians, or members of other races.
By contrast, only 12% of Democrats are white conservatives, while about half are white moderates or liberals and a third are nonwhite. Democrats have a significantly more diverse party composition. Well over a third (36%) of Democrats are nonwhite (Hispanic, or black or some other race) and the 64% of Democrats who are white are strongly skewed — by more than a 4-to-1 ratio — toward an ideological position that is moderate or liberal rather than conservative.
Independents, as would be expected, are somewhere between Republicans and Democrats in terms of their racial, ethnic, and ideological composition. Twenty-seven percent of independents are Hispanic, or are black or identify with another race, and, by about a 2-to-1 ratio, white independents split toward the nonconservative ideological position.
Republicans have a clear monopoly on the allegiance of white conservative Americans.
Does the Republican Party cling to its core conservative principles? Or should the Republicans make an effort to expand their base? The decision the party makes in response to this question could be pivotal in helping determine its future.