The latest poll from Gallup reveals Republicans edging out Democrats with 45 percent and 44 percent favorability ratings respectively. This is a nine-point gain for Republicans compared with last year. It is also the highest rating for the GOP in seven years since January 2011 when Republicans took control of the House on Barack Obama’s watch. The poll further reveals that “leaners” (and Independents) are leaning right, which may well be a problem for Democrats in terms of driving voter turnout. That lean is in favor of Republicans and comes at the cost of swing state elections in purple states.
Here’s more from Gallup…
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.
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.