The Republican Party has had its ups and down in the last twenty years. According to a Gallup poll, Republican favorability is falling off a cliff. Only 28% of Americans have a favorable impression of the Grand Old Party. That means a large percentage of its own members don’t even have a favorable impression of the party they are affiliated with.
The bad news is this poll is a few days old. Odds are the party has dropped further since.
The only thing in politics that makes Republicans look good is Congress. Only 5% of all Americans now have a favorable impression of Congress according to a new AP poll. That means that the only people in the entire nation that approve of Congress are the members themselves, their spouses, their mothers, and people with no TV or Internet. Everyone else hates Congress.
Congress polled lower than witches, hemmroids, and dog waste. It is liked less than communists, Fidel Castro, and lawyers.
One would think that Republicans would be concerned about these poll numbers. After all, when they got beat in the November presidential election, party leaders ordered an autopsy. They were deeply worried they only got 47% of the vote. Apparently they don’t realize 28% is less than 47%. Their rebranding doesn’t seem to be working out that well.
Gallup plotted the favorability ratings of Democrats and Republicans between 1993 and 2013. After bottoming out at 31% in 1999 after the Clinton impeachment, Republicans peaked in popularity after 9/11. Republicans soared to a 61% approval rating. But it did not last long. Soon GOP dropped to the 40% range where it remained fairly constant at least until this year. Republicans have dropped to an all time low of 28% since they started the government shut down and all the shenanigans over Obamacare.
These numbers ought to scare Republican Party strategists because 200 out of the 435 Congressional Districts are very heavily Republican. In these districts most voters probably still give a fairly high favorability rating to Republicans. So just how unpopular must Republicans be in the other 235 districts if their ratings average out to only 28% nationally? Republicans in the 24 swing districts better start thinking about another occupation.
If the polls look bad now, just wait until Republicans make good on their threat to not raise the debt ceiling. At that point, the approval rating of Congress may be higher than Republicans with both polling under 1%.
This would be funny if it were not so tragic.