People don’t like Republicans or Democrats

by Rachel Baker on March 17, 2015

With numbers like this from Gallup, why do you think so many politicians have been and continue to be tone-deaf?

Here’s the Article: People don’t like Republicans or Democrats, Gallup finds

Thirty-seven percent of Americans now view the Republican Party favorably and 39% view the Democratic Party favorably. This is the only time since Gallup began tracking the party’s images this way in 1992 that neither party has achieved at least 40% favorability from the public.

Over the years, Americans’ perceptions of the major parties have tended to conform to two patterns. At times — such as in 1992, 1996 and in the post-9/11 years of 2001 through 2005 — Americans viewed both parties favorably. At other times, the public viewed one party — typically the Democratic Party — much more favorably than the other. This was evident in late 1998 as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives pursued impeachment proceedings against then-President Bill Clinton, as well as from 2006 through 2008 as President George W. Bush’s popularity waned during the Iraq war; in 2009 at the start of President Barack Obama’s presidency; and again in 2013 during the government shutdown, when Republicans’ favorable rating plunged to 28%.

Except for a brief spike to 51% for the Democrats after Obama was re-elected in 2012, both parties’ ratings have registered below 50% since 2010. The descent to sub-40% ratings for both parties marks a new low in an already inauspicious trend.

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