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Gallup: Republicans have closed the dislike gap

Gallup: Republicans have closed the dislike gap

Party favorability ratings almost tied

Good news.

Republicans have closed the gap in how much people dislike them, according to Gallup:

Americans’ views of the Democratic and Republican parties are now similar, mainly because of their more positive ratings of the GOP. Since bottoming out at 28% last fall during the government shutdown, Americans’ opinions of the Republican Party have grown more positive and are nearly back to pre-shutdown levels. Over the same time period, ratings of the Democratic Party have generally held steady.

Americans view both parties negatively overall, with a 40% favorable and 57% unfavorable rating for the Republican Party, and a 42% favorable and 54% unfavorable rating for the Democratic Party. This net-negativity toward both major political parties has generally been the case since 2010, apart from President Barack Obama’s re-election year in 2012, when on several occasions Americans had slightly more positive than negative views of the Democrats.

The increase in favorable ratings is across the partisan board:

Gallup Party Favorability Ratings Sept 2014 by Affiliation

Along with positive polling in Wisconsin and elsewhere, perhaps this is a good sign for November.


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