November 20th, 2008
03:04 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: GOP image goes from bad to worse

A new poll out Thursday paints a bleak picture for the GOP.
A new poll out Thursday paints a bleak picture for the GOP.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican Party has hit a new low.

Just 34 percent of Americans in a Gallup Poll released Thursday say they have a favorable view of the party, down 40 percent from a month ago, before the election.

What’s worse: 61 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party.

According to Gallup, that unfavorable rating is the highest the polling organization has recorded for the GOP since the measure was established in 1992.

The poll of national adults was conducted on November 13-16 with a three percent margin of error.

The numbers are slightly up from a CNN poll released last week that indicated a 54 percent unfavorable rating for Republicans. Only 38 percent of those polled had a favorable rating for the party.

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to bask in the glow of President-elect Barack Obama’s historic victory on November 4. The Gallup poll suggests that 55 percent of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, with 39 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. Those numbers are mostly unchanged from a mid-October survey.

As the debate rages within GOP ranks over where to take the party, the poll might offer some guidance.

Most Republicans - 59 percent - want the party to become more conservative, according to the poll. Another 28 percent want it to remain about the same ideologically, while only 12 percent would prefer to see the Republican Party become less conservative.

Independents are split on whether the party should track left or right: 35 percent of independent voters say the GOP should become more conservative, and 35 percent say less conservative.


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  1. Kari

    "What’s worse: 61 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party."

    Why? Because people feel ENTITLEMENT in this country now. Why work hard when you can get it for free- the DEMOCRAT way?

    November 20, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Nathan,

    Someone has a favorable view of the Republican party? I think that's the real story.

    November 20, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Beth

    Yes, I have an unfavorable view of the GOP too, I voted for Obama. But I think the GOP still has a chance to come back, especially if the nonsense so far continues. If Obama listens to Pelosi too much, if he agrees with the auto industry bailout, if he does not do the right thing about the 700 billion (so far badly spent)... we may look at a GOP takeover in 2010 – remember the two years after Clinton took office?

    November 20, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Rockphantom

    GOP = The party of evil doers!

    November 20, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. paul

    well, republicans are just reaping what the've sown for 8 years.

    November 20, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. LyonsPhilly

    I know folks are not surprised?

    November 20, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Lisa

    Thanks Bush!

    November 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Liberal and Proud of It

    Conservatism (same as Republicanism) has almost destroyed this nation. They (Reagan, Bush, Bush) have increased the federal deficit from 2.5 trillion to over 10 trillion so the nation is crippled in its ability to get credit in an emergency. (Note that China is not only loaning us money for our "bailout" but China is paying for its own bailout from its surplus. Communists, for goodness sake, are more fiscally responsible than American Conservatives.)

    They have pushed these "free" trade agreements like NAFTA, etc. so that America no longer produces what she consumes. American manufacturing is almost gone.

    America needs to stamp out Conservatism before it destroys the country.

    November 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Justin W.J. in Phoenix

    I'm a little surprised that the Dem's rating is doing so well. Of course I'm not at all surprised the republicans are so unfavored. I don't really see what good the Dem's have done other than raise the minimum wage. So why are they so favored? It could be that a lot of Americans are putting faith in Obama's presidency and this is weighing positively on their view for the party.

    November 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Yeah well, thats only because Palin hasn't been in the news constantly for the past couple o days

    November 20, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Accountability

    The GOP is corrupt and their ideas bankrupt and repudiated...time to start over Republicans...

    November 20, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I think the GOP should become more fiscally conservative and stand on those principles. Those are good principles that most Americans can get behind and understand and what can attract the “bigger tent”. But, for me, the social conservatives always scare the holy moley out of me because morality has and always will be a personal choice for me. If they can exorcise the Grumpy Old Protestants and keep the Good Old Pennysavers, then I might be more attracted to the GOP.

    November 20, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Sophia, 23, FL

    DUH!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Denise Walters

    Any surprise? They got us into this entire mess, not to mention playing the lowest common denominator of fear and hate to the "less-educated".

    November 20, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Mervin M.

    The G.O.P. needs a reboot! They need to stop worshiping the late Ronald Reagan - with his now-antiquated devotion to granting wealthy people tax breaks (a Republican mainstay since his time) - and they need to dump the Christian Right! They could ALSO stop appealing to the worst in white America - a la 'Larry the Cable Guy' and Joe the Plumber - read: rednecks!

    November 20, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Meh

    They can thank Palin, Cheney, Bush, and Rove for that.

    Justin> The Dems are favored b/c they're not the Repubicans. Also, they seem more forward-looking. The Republicans seem sort of...old-fashioned, with out-of-date policies.

    November 20, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Chuck

    DUH!!!!

    November 20, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. cat

    Well divisive politics did not help theses people win anything

    November 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. tom

    stupid is as republicans do.... they can only blame there kooky right wing bible thumping war mongering racist ideals.

    November 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Al, NY NY

    It's clear that the thumpers and creationists are still trying to dominate the party, even though it's against the party's best interests. If they want to continue to be the gun-totin' gay-hating, abortion-opposing party with no real issues to run on except their ideological and Taliban-like agenda, then they will continue to lose support. Oh well, good riddance I say

    November 20, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Christine

    I don't think this comes as much of a surprise to anyone, especially after all of the negative campaigning and diviseness during the general election. The GOP ran a poorly organized campaign and came across as angry and desperate toward the end.
    In addition to that, I think that its clear that the American people have had enough of this type of politics in government. We all have real problems, and real solutions are needed in the best interest of the country as a whole- not just a select few. The GOP is looking as though preservation of the party is the goal, especially now, with such descension in its own ranks- moderate vs. neo-conservatives, religious right, etc.The truth is, in the 21st century, its time to get religion out of politics and government. It's time to step up to the identify and solve these issues with communication, ideas, and bipartisan efforts.
    Religion and spirtiuality are important- yes. But it has no place in our government. That's how it was set up by our founders, and why its not working anymore.

    November 20, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Briana the college student

    We didn't need a poll for this. Did you see how many states turned blue?

    November 20, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Sam Schiftt

    This actually makes me happy. I am hoping the Republican party favorables go down to somewhere around 10%. That way, when 90% of the country has sold its soul to the Obamessiah, we can watch the universe-sized expectations shrivel.....and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......and shrivel......all the way down.

    November 20, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Abby

    Well earned!

    November 20, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. TJ Johnson

    I don't favor the 'gimme/gimme' attitude of democrats and the 'anything goes/no moral standards' attitude of liberals. We need to look more closely at the wisdom of holding onto our conservative culture that has brought us to the greatness we enjoy today. Liberalism/democraticism will destroy all that, make no mistake.

    November 20, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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