According to Politico, Pew asked 1.3K adults who the leader of the GOP is, and 73% didn’t know, which may come as a surprise to the many Democrats who have been touting broadcaster Rush Limbaugh as the top Republican in America. He did come in second, but with only 5% of the response. John McCain (R-AZ) was first with 11%; former Speaker Newt Gingrich and RNC Chairman Michael Steele each received 2% and a smattering of others got 1% each.
RBR/TVBR observation: The problem for Republicans in Washington isn’t whether or not Limbaugh is their leader – it is whether or not they can afford to criticize Limbaugh when challenged to do so. As long as Limbaugh questions make politicians squirm, his name will continue to be evoked. But the poll proves Limbaugh is right on one count – he emphatically claims he is not the GOP leader, and it would appear that America agrees.