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GOP-commissioned survey: Women think the GOP is 'stuck in the past'

A new poll has found that a big plurality of women is largely dissatisfied with the Republican Party.

The report, which includes survey results from eight national focus groups as well as a poll of 800 registered female voters, was commissioned by two Republican groups. Politico obtained the internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report, and it "paints a dismal picture for Republicans," Politico says.

Female voters found the GOP "intolerant," "lacking in compassion," and "stuck in the past," and 49 percent of women reported viewing Republicans unfavorably. The poll, which was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Axis Research, does not seem to come as a surprise to Republicans, who have said they "recognize the problem" and are working to expand the party's appeal to women.

"The gender gap is hardly a new phenomenon, but nevertheless, it's important for conservatives to identify what policies best engage women, and our project found multiple opportunities," Dan Conston, a spokesperson for the American Action Network, told Politico. "It's no surprise that conservatives have more work to do with women."