Dem pollster says primaries are leading to sharper political divisions among parties

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that the primary process is being driven by more extremist elements, leading to sharp political divisions among parties.  

"I think that you have the influence of primaries, and I think that you have sort of the hardening ideologies that exists because a very small number of people show up to vote in those primaries," Murphy, a partner with ALG  told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Monday. 

"They tend to be the most ardently liberal or conservative depending on what side, and that can sort of flush out those who might be interested in seeking public office who occupy a couple of different seats on the political spectrum," she continued. 

"Maybe they're a little more progressive on some issues, a little more classically conservative on others, and there's no home for them," she said. 

"Then all of the sudden that this electorate that might be the southern Democrats might be willing to vote for a Democrat in the south, even though some of the cultural issues of the national party doesn't align, the only candidate they're really left with is someone they feel that they do not feel that they can identify with, and so they find another home," she said. 

Murphy's comments come as progressive Democrats have gained influence within the party, with the election of candidates such as Rep Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBeto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money Left-wing Dems in minority with new approach to spending Lawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay MORE (D-N.Y.). 

— Julia Manchester