(USA Features) Large majorities of Republican voters back the party’s removal of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, as conference chair on Friday, as well as former President Donald Trump’s policies, a CBS News survey noted on Sunday.
Of Republicans polled, 80% agreed with the ouster of Cheney from her role as a House GOP leader, while two-thirds, or 66 percent, said Republicans remaining loyal to the former president is important.
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Of those 80% who agreed with Cheney’s ouster, 69% said they backed the move because she was not on message with the party in general. Fifty-seven percent said it was due to her being wrong about the 2020 election, 52% said it was due to her lack of support for Trump, and 34% believe it was because of a perceived lack of loyalty that will be punished, a reference to her claims that Trumpy is spreading “lies” about the 2020 election outcome.
The survey also found very strong support for Trump’s policies, with 89% backing his economic policies, 88% supporting him on immigration issues, 80% back his leadership qualities, and 77% approve of how he treated the media.
Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of GOP voters — 67% — do not believe that Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, which compares with a third, or 33%, who do.
The poll, conducted May 12-14, surveyed 951 Republicans in the U.S. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points.