“Republican Party leaders have been grappling with an uncomfortable reality: Their most reliable voters are entirely disconnected from the GOP leadership. The grassroots don’t interpret these controversies the same way as the party elite. The results of a Politico/Morning Consult online panel survey, conducted in the immediate aftermath of the release of the Trump tape, illustrated this dynamic in stark terms. A whopping 74 percent of GOP respondents wanted party officials to continue to stand by Trump; only 13 percent disagreed. The one day poll, conducted on Saturday, showed Trump trailing Clinton by only 4 points.”
Their hasty repudiation of the candidate may cost them the votes of his supporters.
The Republican panic was premature.