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Rum_Pirate
09-25-2018, 02:39 PM
Eh?

How does this happen?


Republican Party Favorability Highest in Seven YearsBY JIM NORMAN (https://www.gallup.com/people/item.aspx?a=185435)

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Republican favorability at 45%, Democrats at 44%
Democrats generally have had the upper hand in favorability ratings
Major gains for Republican Party within the party, including leaners


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September's 36%. It is the party's most positive image since it registered 47% in January 2011, shortly after taking control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Forty-four percent give the Democratic Party a favorable rating.

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The parity in Republicans' and Democrats' favorable ratings marks a change from what has generally been the case since Barack Obama's election as president in November 2008. Republicans have usually been rated less positively than Democrats over this time, with the Republican Party's favorability rating for the last decade averaging 39%, compared with the Democratic Party's 44%.
Only one other time in the last decade has the Republican Party had a significantly higher score than the Democratic Party. That one exception came in November 2014, immediately after elections that saw Republicans capture control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House, when 42% rated the GOP favorably and 36% the Democrats.
Republicans Now More Likely to View Their Party FavorablyThe 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% last September to 85% now.
At the time of last September's poll, congressional Republicans were in the final throes of an unsuccessful attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," and were losing a highly publicized battle with Democrats over a debt ceiling bill. Since then, Republicans have passed a tax cut bill that was supported by a vast majority of Republicans, and the economy has continued to make gains under the Republican administration of Donald Trump.
Two other major subgroups that tend to be more Republican than the overall population -- men and those living in middle-income households -- have become more likely to view the Republican Party favorably in the past year.
Republican Party Gains Ground Among Those With Republican Views
Percent with favorable view of each party, September 2017 and September 2018



Republican Party
Democratic Party



Sep 2017
Sep 2018
Sep 2017
Sep 2018



%
%
%
%


All adults
36
45
44
44


Party ID



Republicans plus leaners
67
85
13
11


Democrats plus leaners
10
10
80
80


Gender



Men
37
50
40
41


Women
35
40
49
48


Annual Household Income



Less than $30,000
34
40
46
51


$30,000-$74,999
36
49
46
45


$75,000 and above
35
39
45
46


GALLUP



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 have essentially not changed.
Bottom LineFor 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 party has been wallowing in favorable ratings below 40% for most of the last five years after rarely sinking that low in the previous two decades.
No matter how much or how little party favorability affects 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.
Although Republicans' approval of a Congress controlled by their party remains low, Republicans apparently hold similarly positive perceptions of their party as they do of President Trump (81% favorable in this same poll).

Meanwhile, Democrats have been buoyed by numerous projections that they will make major gains in November, which could lead to a result similar to what Republicans experienced in 2010, when they scored a big election victory at a time when favorable views of both parties were about the same.

Paul Pless
09-25-2018, 02:42 PM
Eh?

How does this happen?people are stupid

Rum_Pirate
09-25-2018, 02:49 PM
It would be good if there was a massive turn out for the Nov mid term elections.

Rather than an avid few.

That way, the results would be representative of what the citizens want.

Don't the Republicans have a larger turnout than the Democrats in midterms?
[Leave the electoral college and popular votes for Presidential elections aside]
If so, the Democrats need to seriously encourage their supporters to get out and vote on the day.

LeeG
09-25-2018, 02:51 PM
RP, it says right in the article how it happened. Try reading it.

Rum_Pirate
09-25-2018, 03:05 PM
RP, it says right in the article how it happened. Try reading it. Yes, but still can't believe it.

Dave Hadfield
09-25-2018, 04:05 PM
The rest of the world does not believe that Mr. Trump acts in a presidential manner.

leikec
09-25-2018, 04:21 PM
What we are seeing are fewer people identifying as republicans or republican leaning independents as moderates and traditional conservatives leave. The ones who stay (the true deplorables) would support Trump even if he raped and murdered their children.

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LeeG
09-25-2018, 04:24 PM
Yes, but still can't believe it.
You cannot believe the increase came from more Republicans having a greater approval of their party than before? It is amazing in light of what a disaster Trump is with GOP politicians supporting his increasing the debt, instituting mean spirited immigration policies, his debasement of the office, abandonment of environmental policies based on science and disastrous trade war.
It’s like a cult.

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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% last September to 85% now.

gypsie
09-25-2018, 09:26 PM
Has the world economy grown?
Is your government undermining all of your safety nets so when the economy falters, which it will, you will have nothing to fall back on?
Is your pay packet bigger, even if its worth less?
Does your leader have a four word slogan?
Has your country insulted all of your allies?
Is your government cutting all ties to the economic relationships that made your country rich and powerful, and could sustain you through the bad times?
If you answer yes to any of these; why worry?
Vote Republican.

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elf
09-25-2018, 10:02 PM
How does it happen? There are fewer Republicans, and the ones which remain are the base. Out in the big wide world 45% of 3 million is not as good as 45% of 25 million.

There are fewer Democrats, too, but the ones who remain that I know are very critical of the party.

Now, if the survey had asked independents about their convergence with the two parties we might have some data worth talking about.

Donn
09-25-2018, 10:33 PM
Independents were considered:


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% last September to 85% now.