If populism means championing the needs of the common man, the Republican party’s transition from the oligarchy’s marionette to the party of the people has a long way to go. The following graph shows which of the two major political parties, if any, people believe to be more concerned about the needs of people like themselves:
Even with all the power centers of society relentlessly accusing the GOP of being a party of racists and sexists that exists to prop up white supremacy and protect the patriarchy, just 38% of whites and 34% of men think the Republican party cares about them more than the Democrat party does. The GOP has successfully spurned the interests of its own supporters for so long that just about everyone has taken notice.
While those on the right like to comfort themselves with the thought that the left is divided, Democrats disagree. That more than one-in-four self-described Republicans don’t think the GOP is primarily concerned with their well-being is a stinging indictment of the party. Among Democrats, only one-in-ten feel the same about their party.