Republican Party Too Extreme, Majority Of Americans Say: Poll For the first time, a majority of Americans now say the Republican Party is too extreme, according to a poll released Thursday by CNN/ORC. Fifty-three percent of people, including 22 percent of Republicans, said the GOP's views and policies have pushed them beyond the mainstream. The number is up dramatically from previous years. In 2010, fewer than 40 percent thought the party was too extreme. Democrats were considered to be a "generally mainstream" party by 57 percent in the new poll.