Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that the results of the midterm elections did not alter Americans' views of the two political parties.
A Gallup survey released Monday morning indicates that 43 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic party following the elections, down just one point from the 44 percent who said they had a favorable view of the party prior to the midterms.
According to the poll, 45 percent now have a favorable view of the Republican party, up one point from before the elections.
The GOP stormed back and won control of the House of Representatives, thanks to a net gain of at least 60 seats in the midterms. The Republicans also narrowed the Democrats' majority in the Senate, thanks to a net gain of six seats in the chamber.
The survey indicates that 52 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Democrats and 50 percent hold a negative view of the GOP.
The lack of movement in the party favorable ratings contrasts with 2006, when the Democrats' favorable rating jumped five points following those midterm elections, in which the Democrats won back control of both the House and the Senate.
The new numbers augment the argument by many political analysts and pundits that the Republican's victory in the midterm was more of a rejection of the Democrats' policies than an approval of the GOP.
The Gallup poll was conducted November 4-7 with 1,021 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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