Another Poll, More Historically Bad Numbers For The GOP

Tuesday saw the release of yet another poll showing Republicans in a woeful state, a recurring theme in the wake of the recent budget and debt limit debacle.

The survey from CNN and ORC International showed 64 percent of Americans saying they have an unfavorable opinion of the GOP, a high-water mark since the pollster first asked the question in 1992. A mere three in 10 said they view the party favorably.

Those findings are the latest in a wave of dreadful polls for Republicans, including an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey that found the party’s approval rating plunging to an all-time low. Gallup also found the GOP’s favorability rating sinking to a record low for either party.

After the government shut down for the first time since 1996 and the United States appeared to be careening toward default, poll after poll found Americans placing most of the blame on Republicans for the crises. 

Although their own popularity numbers are mediocre, Democrats have fared much better than their Republican counterparts in recent polling. According to the latest CNN/ORC International poll, 43 percent said they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party while 51 percent said they have an unfavorable view — virtually unchanged since last month.

 

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