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Priebus Brushes Off Poll Showing Voters Feel 'Betrayed'

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Exit polls from the South Carolina primary indicated that a majority of voters felt “betrayed” by the Republican Party. Responding to the finding, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus got a bit defensive. From CNN:

Priebus argued that [the poll result] was not reflective of his party, but instead of more widespread anger at the federal government and politics in general.

“I think that if you look at all these exit polls on both sides of the aisle, I think people are just sick and tired of politics in general, sick and tired of Washington, D.C., and I think just actually sick and tired of both parties,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

That’s as close to an admission of inadequacy as you’re likely to get from a party head. But it would be nice of Priebus offered some indication of how his party might address voter disappointment. As it stands, generalizing the sentiment has the effect of minimizing it.