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

Poll: GOP image goes from bad to worse

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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. Abyssinian Lion

    Only the extreme right evangelicals and bigots will be left in the Republican party. They are driving moderates and intelligent minded people out of the party.

    November 20, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Living in a Republican state

    Unfortunately, it seems to me as the Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford doesn't have a clue as to what goes on in his own state, so why ask him about the country?

    We, being 9th in the nation in HIV/AIDS cases, the South Carolina government just cut a program called project F.A.I.T.H which was the only AIDS prevention program that we had in the state, yet we need to get back to our values. Not to mention the homeless rates are soaring through roof, which has gotten worse instead of better since he has been the Governor of our state. Did I fail to mention that his mansion sits in between the Salvation Army shelter and the homeless shelter and the park where the homeless stay through out the day until the shelter opens back up at night. Our education levels speak for itself, we're always rank in the bottom. Depending on the district that you live in here in Richland county where the Governor resides determines the quality of an education a child receives, but he wants to get back to basic conservatism.

    Oh, did I forget to mention that African-Americans are the majority and not the minority here in SC, but they still fly the Confederate Flag on the state house grounds.

    So, please tell me CNN was it worth the time to get this governor's perspective on President – Elect Obama? Come to the great state of South Carolina and check out for yourself. You might see things in a whole new light.

    I just pray that the citizens of this great state will take heed to what Virginia and the North Carolina citizen and turn this red state blue in the next elections, We seriously need a change here in South Carolina.

    November 20, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Purple Nurple

    No surprise here. You GOP types need to drop the crazy right wingers!!

    November 20, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. frodo

    The republicans have no convictions...They used to be the party of fiscal conservatives and have now become the same spenders as the democrats. But republicans still talk about smaller government, fiscal responsibility and lower taxes, all while growing government, spending and raising taxes...any person voting for republicans on the basis of what they say are truly misguided.

    At least, we know where the democrats stand...Tax us to hell, and spend on everything.

    This year, the Libertarian party saw huge growth due to there now really being only one political party...the Republicrats who are bailing out companies left and right and spending all they can get

    November 20, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Briana the college student

    Kari there are teachers, firemen, policemen, social workers who will never make 250k and they work hard everyday. They deserve money more than AIG executives.

    November 20, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Angie-OHIO

    they should start now so they can get all the back stabbing out of the way, and hopefully after that there won't be any gop left to destroy America again. they are greedy, lying ware mongers who don't think of anyone except the rich or super rich. they don't understand workig people (the ones that make this country great). they want to talk about morals and they can't even spell the word. morals do not put food on the table or a roof over our heads. so they need to come up with something that will actually help people, help themselves. we don't want hand outs but a hand up.

    November 20, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Ex-Republican for Obama

    The GOP has become a joke. They have embraced right wing religious zealots pushing agenda's that have absolutely NO business being political talking points.

    They need to start representing ALL of america if they are to survive. The day's of robbing from the poor and giving to the rich are over. The day's of murdering our sons and daughters in foreign lands are over. The day's of torture and revoking of civil liberties are over. The day's of shipping our jobs over seas are over. The day's of fear mongering are over. The day's of corruption and betrayal are over. The days of taking american citizens for granted, are over!

    A big change is needed, and I don't think they have it in them to drop all the miserable policies they have become habitually attached to. To prove my point, wait and watch the remaining GOP supporters come on here and discuss the topics listed above. Watch as they slam democrats for things that happened while BUSH was in office. Watch as they deny that this country is in one of it's darkest hours EVER, all because the GOP 'JUST DOESN"T GET IT!".

    RIP GOP!

    November 20, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Christine

    I have to disagree with your view on a sense of entitlement prevailing in our country. While yes, it may true for some, the majority of people really would just like to have equity, not handouts.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident....all men are created equal.
    In essence, there should be a sense of entitlement for American citizens- don't you think?

    November 20, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Rodger

    This would be a good time for the party to ask Senator Hagel to serve as National Chair. Instead of concentrating on getting re-elected, we Republicans should concentrate on doing the best job for the country and not our friends. If Republicans did the job they are capable of they would reap better approval and fell better about themselves. The country needs us. Well, most of us. Not the fascist nutsjobs. we can do very well without their 22%

    November 20, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, the right wing and religious right have hijacked the party of Lincoln and Reagan, trying to appease the Rush, Sean, and Bills of the airwaves and have forgotten what real America wants or even looks like. America is not going to the left, nor the right, but to the center and the GOP needs to do the same. The RNC in St. Paul hardly looked like what our nation is, whereas the DNC was a rainbow of ALL the backgrounds of our fine nation. Nothing wrong with diversity and more tolerence and you can't tell me these people can't change if they really want to. Just in once session I saw a party that condemnned unwed mothers as sinners and welfare queens to one that embraced Sarah Palin's young daughter and I even saw buttons saying "GOP supports unwed mothers"! So they can change.

    November 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Jason

    "...down 40 percent from a month ago..."

    do they mean down FROM 40 percent a month ago? I highly doubt the republicans had a 74% approval a month ago.

    How about a little editing CNN

    November 20, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Thomas

    Hmmm...can you say "Karma"?

    November 20, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Chris from San Antonio

    Perhaps if they went back to their small government, no nation-building, fiscal conservativism roots, they'll make a comeback.
    But with social conservatives maintaining their stranglehold on the GOP, perhaps it's time to make a new party.

    November 20, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. tehevo

    We already knew this, that's why we voted how we did........Republicans are crooks period.

    November 20, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Bob from NC

    34% have a favorable view of the Repiglican Party? On what planet have they been living for the past 8 years. Perhaps that Texas grand jury can send Cheney and Gonzolas off to Gitmo for some " water therapy" to prepare them to give their testimony. Perhaps the results of that trial will sway a few of that 34%.

    November 20, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. DC Observer

    Shame on you CNN for putting out one sided news. The GOP rating is quite a bit higher than the rating given to the Democraically controlled House and Senate run by Pelosi and reid. based on the GOP rating, I'd say they are head and shoulders ahead of the Democrats. Why is it that CNN cannot publish a fair and balanced report, and is always looking for ways to diminish the Republican Party.

    November 20, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. LyonsPhilly

    Bush is really going out with a bang......

    November 20, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. lm, texas

    Do you people really think there aren't corrupt people in the Democratic party as well? Has nobody noticed the increasnig trend of politicians in general being corrupt? Why must everyone be so hateful of someone whe has different values and ideas? Can we please remember that we are all AMERICANS? Nothing is every going to change if this hatred continues. I wish Americans would think for themselves, instead of seeing what they want to see in their so-called party.
    While reading this blog, I just hear the same hateful words from both sides that don't pertain the actual article. This is just a place for everyone to talk trash and not actually say anything of worth. The real change can come only from us, the people. If we can't change, there is nothing any politician, corrupt or not, can do to "change" our country for the better. There will always be a divide. I beg of you to find it within yourselves to find some common ground and think for yourselves for your country, and not for your party.


    November 20, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. ben

    Nobody likes mean people and the republicans do mean better than anybody. The worst part is that they seem to enjoy it.

    November 20, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Dave G, Minneapolis

    It would be nice in 4 years to hear "the two-party system of Libertarians and Democrats". The GOP is Gone-Out Party and has sold itself to a small group of the religious right.

    November 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Todd

    The republican party has become a backwards party that, in it's current state, can only thrive on people's fears, I'm glad that I left that party in the dust and they no longer can manipulate me or my family.

    November 20, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Anne

    Don't worry – in 2-4 years the poll will read 61% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Democratic Party. Americans are fickle. There will only be real change in this country when the majority of Americans get back to strong moral values, and stop believing the crap that the media feeds them.

    November 20, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Kris

    You can't push all this hate and still expect people to like you.
    The Republican lies don't work any more.

    November 20, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Simpliticus

    Remembering the old folk tune," That's what you get for loving me!", comes to mind in reviewing this. Those who had high ratings for the GOP probably had one scam going while another fell ruinous. Only those who made money on this deplorable party rate them still as favorable while those being fleeced like the rest of the country do not favor it at all! May go the way of the Whigs even though the Whig party was far more philosophically ethical!

    November 20, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Glennis, PA

    I have news for you. I wasn't polled and I have a very unfavorable view of the Democratic Party.

    November 20, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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