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Watch Out Dems: Republican Poll Numbers On The Rise

Watch Out Dems: Republican Poll Numbers On The Rise
September 28
19:17 2018

Democrats anticipating big gains in the mid-term Congressional elections might shudder at this news from Gallup: The Republican party’s favorability has reached a seven-year high, according to a new poll.  

Forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September’s 36 percent. It is the party’s most positive image since  registering 47 percent in January 2011, shortly after taking control of the House in the 2010 mid-term elections.

Gallup’s findings have more bad news for Democrats. Republican Party favorability is now on par with that of the Democratic Party, which registered a 44 percent favorability rating.  Such parity has not happened since November 2014, immediately after elections that saw Republicans capture control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House.

While Republicans have become significantly more positive about their party over the past year, Democrats’ views of the Republican Party and their own Democratic Party are essentially  unchanged.

Could the results be a harbinger of how Republicans will fare in the mid-term congressional elections?

“The fact that Republicans are more likely to view their party favorably than a year ago can be considered a positive indicator for the party, particularly if a more positive image boosts Republican turnout,” Gallup’s poll report states.

The Republican Party has been wallowing in favorable ratings below 40 percent for most of the last five years, after rarely sinking that low in the previous two decades.

The overall increase in the favorable image of the Republican Party is a result of a jump in the positive views of Republicans, including independents who lean toward the party. The percentage of Republicans and leaners with favorable views of their party grew from 67 percent last September to 85 percent now.

At the time of last September’s Gallup poll, Republican efforts were flailing. Congressional Republicans were in a failing battle to repeal Obamacare and were losing a highly exposed battle with Democrats over a debt ceiling bill. Since then, Republicans have passed a tax cut bill that was widely popular with Republicans and the economy has continued to expand under the Trump Administration’s economic policies.

Although Republicans’ approval of Congress in general remains low, they hold similarly positive perceptions of their party as they do of President Trump ­— 81 percent favorable, according to the poll.  

“For the Republican Party, less than two months away from an election that could see them lose control of both the House and the Senate, gains in public favorability are a welcome sign,” the Gallup report said.

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  1. mojo
    mojo October 01, 21:00

    Hope the GOP remembers that Polls don’t win elections.
    Voting is what’s important.

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