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Progressives vs. The Tea Party: These Are the 'GOP What's Next?' Poll Results

TheBlaze's "GOP: What Next?" editorial series has concluded -- and with some fascinating information for politicos and Republican officials, alike, to consider. If you were actively reading the associated articles, you observed a plethora of expert analysis surrounding what went wrong for the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential campaign and election. Now that the series has come to a close, we present you with the results of the "What Next?" Blaze poll that measured a variety of issues surrounding the party's future.

In addition to checking the poll's results, at 7:00 p.m. ET tonight TheBlaze TV's "Wilkow!" will facilitate a special episode exploring the party's past -- and future. While you can watch the show and hear the issues being dissected, also be sure to catch up on each of the pieces in the editorial series here.

Series exploring the future of the Republican Party

As for the poll, the results were telling. From the Tea Party's role to the future of Progressives, you shared your views about what's next for the GOP. Based on the results, it is overwhelmingly clear that Blaze readers believe that Tea Party members -- and not Progressive Republicans -- are best suited to lead the movement.

Of 796 respondents, 96 percent said that Progressives should not remain in charge. On the flip side, of the 818 readers who took the poll, 97 percent answered affirmatively when asked if they would like to see the Tea Party leading the GOP. This is no surprise, considering that 98 percent of readers who participated noted their support for the right-of-center movement.

Looking beyond which ideological construct should dominate the party's future, 84 percent of readers believe that the Republican Party needs to go in a new direction, with only 16 percent disagreeing with this notion.

It seems experts, too, agree with this alleged need to evolve. From re-assessing the party's moral arguments, to considering better outreach mechanisms to young and Hispanic voters -- the room for improvement is grand.

Be sure to read the entire series and to tune-in tonight to see "Wilkow!"

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