Gallup Poll: Republican Party Favorability Highest in Seven Years … Republican Favorability 45%, Democrats 44%
THINK THE TRUMP ECONOMY AND DEMOCRATS DISGUSTING RESIST BEHAVIOR HAS NOT CAUSED THE TIDES TO SWING?
Don’t look now, but here comes the Republicans just in time for the 2018 midterm elections. A recent Gallup poll shows that the GOP has their highest party favorability rating in seven years. Republicans now lead Democrats 45% to 44% and trending upward. This is a 9 pint swing from September. Blue wave? Now that individuals are getting more serious about the 2018 midterms the closer we get to them, look at the tide change. American voters see the benefits of the Trump economy, the tax cuts, the elimination of burdensome regulations, the low unemployment and record lows for Blacks and Hispanics. They also see the chaos caused by the Left/Democrats and their resistance to what many think are good things from Trump/Republicans.
Are the Democrats about to lose their blue wave? The GOP needs to remind Americans about all the good that has been done in the past two years since Trump has been in office and they have controlled the House and Senate. Are you better off today than you were under Obama and Democrat rule? Because all that you have today goes away if you gove the Hose and Senate to the Democrats. All of it.
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.
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 Favorably
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.
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.
For 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.