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Hill.TV poll: Majority of Republicans say Trump best represents the values of the GOP

Fifty-four percent of Republicans say President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE best represents the values of their party, according to a new American Barometer poll. 

Only 31 percent of all respondents said Trump best represented the GOP's values, according to the survey conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company.

Some Republicans expressed surprise that the number was not higher given Trump's standing as the leader of the party.

"I'm frankly a little bit surprised that it's not a larger percent of Republican voters saying that he represents the party. Not necessarily because he does embody the party, but more he's the face of the party," Republican pollster Chris Wilson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

Eighteen-percent of Republicans polled said Pence best represented the values of the party, while 10 percent said the same for House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce Now we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin MORE

Two percent of Republicans polled said that House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Head of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (R-N.C.) best represented the party's values, while only one percent said the same about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP blocks voting rights bill Schumer, McConnell spar as GOP prepares to block voting bill Trump has 'zero desire' to be Speaker, spokesman says MORE (R-Ky.). 

Trump defeated a large group of GOP candidates in winning his party's nomination in 2016, and created fissures in the GOP in doing so. But his approval ratings among Republicans have been high in his presidency, and other office holders have come under pressure to bow to his demands given support among grassroots Republicans for his presidency.

The poll comes as Republicans look to defend both houses of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.

November's contests are widely expected to be a referendum on Trump's first two years in office.  

The American Barometer poll was conducted on August 10-11 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester