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.