5 Polls: Conservatives Overwhelmingly Support Jim Jordan for House Speaker

Michael W. Chapman | September 12, 2018 | 11:41am EDT
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House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

(CNSNews.com) -- Recent surveys by five conservative grassroots organizations show that their members overwhelmingly support Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, as the next Speaker of the House should the Republican Party retain its majority in the November midterm elections. Current Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is retiring at the end of this year. 

“When we first saw the results of this poll, we were shocked," said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. "We knew our grassroots favored Rep. Jordan for Speaker, but we had to double-check to make sure that wasn’t a typo."

"FreedomWorks’ grassroots are almost unanimous in their support of Rep. Jordan for Speaker -- they’re fired up to drain the swamp," said Brandon. 

Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks has an estimated 6 million members. In a poll of 4,200 members, 99.2% (4,203) said they support Rep. Jim Jordan for Speaker vs. 0.08% (32) that support Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Speaker. McCarthy currently is the House Majority Leader. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)  (YouTube)

The Tea Party Patriots, which has more than 3 million members, found that 98.4% of its supporters would like to see Rep. Jim Jordan as the next Speaker. 

“Since the birth of the Tea Party movement, our supporters have consistently demanded two things – that our political leaders keep their promises, and that they act in Washington the way they act back home, when they’re running for reelection,” said Jenny Beth Martin, the honorary chairman of Tea Party Patriots Action.

FreedomWorks President
Adam Brandon.

“Jim Jordan is one such leader,” she said.  “Over a dozen years in Congress, he has shown that what you see is what you get, that he is the same man in Washington that he is back home. He has demonstrated he has the courage and the spine and the willingness to stand up to the special interests, and even his own party establishment, to keep his word.”

MRC Action, the grassroots army of the Media Research Center, also polled its members. From the 2,552 responses, 96.5% said they would like to see Rep. Jordan as the next Speaker of the House.

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin. (YouTube)

The survey further showed that 96.2% believe Jordan is the better pick to support President Trump's agenda compared to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (3.8%). As for a better leader to enact a conservative agenda, 96.3% picked Jordan over 3.7% for McCarthy. 

The Club for Growth polled a sample of more than 3,800 members of its 250,000-member network. The results showed that 95% prefer Jordan and 5% prefer McCarthy.

“Jordan’s massive margin of support reflects the disappointment economic conservatives have in the current House Leadership,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh.  “The Leadership failed to keep its campaign pledges to fully repeal Obamacare and control government spending."

Club for Growth President David McIntosh. (YouTube)

"Not only is Obamacare still the law of the land, the House Leadership pressured Republican Members of Congress to vote for an annual budget that puts the U.S. on the path to a $1 trillion deficit by 2020,” said McIntosh.

ForAmerica, a digital grassroots army of 8 million people, also polled a sample of its members. 

ForAmerica asked, "In a matchup between Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is your choice to be the next Speaker of the House?" More than 4,800 members responded: 86% picked Jim Jordan and 14% picked Kevin McCarthy.

The grassroots group also asked, "In a matchup between Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Steve Scalise, who is your choice to be the next Speaker of the House?" Seventy percent said Jordan and 30% said Scalise. 

ForAmerica President David Bozell.  (YouTube)

"After taking the pulse of the grassroots, it is clear they want change in GOP leadership given the current leadership’s abysmal failures on key conservative campaign promises," said ForAmerica President David Bozell.  "Failure theater has become the norm on Capitol Hill and the list of broken promises from Congress is a mile long and growing."

"There is a thirst for new blood in leadership, and for someone who knows how to take on the power structure in Washington – and Jim Jordan fits the bill," said Bozell.

Disclosure: L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center (MRC) and the chairman of ForAmerica. CNSNews.com is a division of the MRC. 

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