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A new national phone and online survey from Rasmussen Reports shows 87 percent of likely U.S. voters believe it is more important for political parties to represent the interests and beliefs of their most loyal voters rather than outside interests.

And Republicans care more about that than Democrats.

Just 10 percent of likely U.S. voters said it is not important for parties to represent their most loyal voters.

Seventy-six percent of Republicans said it is very important parties represent the beliefs and interests of their own core voters. Just 51 percent of Democrats feel the same way.

Thirty-four percent of likely voters believe GOP voters have more influence over GOP politicians. Thirty-one percent think big-money contributors have more influence. Seventeen percent said special-interest groups have more influence while 11 percent think the news media does.

Twenty-eight percent of likely voters believe Democrat voters have more influence over Democrat politicians. Twenty-nine percent said special-interest groups do. Twenty-four percent said campaign contributors have more influence, while 19 percent said the media does.


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