The Republican Party has reached a record low favorability rating, according to Gallup. Since the pollster has been asking voters their overall opinion on America’s two major parties, the GOP has never dipped below 31 percent favorability – until this week. According to Gallup, only 28 percent of Americans view the Republican Party in a favorable light.
“With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September,” writes Gallup’s Andrew Dugan. “This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.”
62 percent of poll respondents view the GOP unfavorably. The Democratic Party, by comparison, is viewed unfavorably by just 49 percent of Americans. “Roughly one in four Americans see both parties unfavorably,” Dugan adds.
Gallup found that self-identified Republicans are twice as likely to view their own party in an unfavorable light. 27 percent of Republicans expressed their dissatisfaction with the GOP, compared to just 13 percent of self-identified Democrats who feel the same way about their party.
The GOP sunk to 31 percent approval following impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton towards the end of the 1990s. They quickly rebounded, however, when the 2000 presidential election campaign began to dominate the news cycle.
This poll was conducted from October 3 – 6 of 1,028 adults. This poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percent.
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