The distrust of Washington and our elected officials only continues to grow and it's Republicans who are taking it on the chin.
Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, questions hang over your head whether both parties can work together and actually get something done. While both sides were able to put enough of their differences aside in order to pass a recent budget, the majority of the American people don't seem to put much stock in Washington. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 80 percent of Americans don't trust the Republican party. Democrats fair slightly better, but still 72 percent of Americans lack confidence in them. Even Americans who identify as Republicans have a hard time trusting their own party as only 36 percent of self-identified Republicans believe the party is working in their own best interest.
The parties are also split when it comes to how Americans view them handling particular issues. Americans believe Republicans can handle the economy and the budget deficit better, but side with Democrats when it comes to health care despite all the negative press coming from "Obamacare."
President Obama has found a dim light at the end of the tunnel with his approval rating jumping 4 points since last November, now standing at 46 percent. The number the president should be worried about is that 50 percent of the country rates his performance negatively. President Obama's approval rating is nearly identical to George W. Bush at this point in his presidency but falls behind both former President Clinton and Reagan who held a strong 60 percent approval at this point during their time in the White House.
As the 2014 mid term elections inch closer, both parties will need to fire up their base, but it seems Republicans will need to get on that even faster.