Republicans want their party to change -- by becoming more conservative

A new Pew Research Center study shows 65 percent say their party needs to address “major problems” to compete in future presidential elections, while 59 percent say it needs to reconsider some of its core positions.

But just exactly what kind of changes they want has been a little harder to pin down. As we’ve noted before, displeasure with party leadership is pretty universal, from the most conservative Republicans to the most moderate ones.

If anything, Republicans want their party to be more conservative, the Pew poll finds.

Given the choice between a more moderate course and a more conservative one, 54 percent choose a more conservative one, while 41 percent choose moderation.

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