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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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Eric

    The GOP hasn't begun getting what they deserve. And until after they indict their own Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush and other lead players in the current administration for treasonous acts, they should further lose any/all decision-making roles.

    Time for some apologies and groveling.

    November 20, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Sandra

    It's not the party that matters in an election - it's the person. That's part of the reason Obama won. His character and calm temperment are what the country needs.

    November 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Bryan

    Bush and cheney must be indicted for their crimes.

    November 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Joe Green

    We live in a modern era.

    You can't take a bucket of toxic waste, put a cherry on top and tell me it is a strawberry sundae.

    The GOP needs to tone down its image as a mouthpiece of extreme right thinking and religious fundamentalism.

    Many of the religious right believe that the U.S. Constitution does NOT mandate a separation of church and state and that we are a "Christian Nation". They pine for a Christian version of the Taliban to take over the country and mete out rough justice.

    This is the same base that attends Sarah Palin's rallies and shouts out "Traitor" and "KILL HIM!" when Obama's name is mentioned.

    Even the "moderate" wing of the GOP seems interested in little more than acquiring power and the doling out favors to supporters.

    The fundamental Republican idea of LIMITED GOVERNMENT has been perverted by the like of Grover Norquist into a crusade to destroy government competely.

    The funamental Republican idea of LOW TAXES and BALANCED BUDGETS has been perverted into TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH and DEFICIT SPENDING.

    The "new" GOP is a scary thing. The proposed solutions (recruiting more from college aged voters, utilizing the intenet) will simply not work, given the odious nature of the product they are trying to sell.

    Given the entrnched nature of the bigoted far-right and corrupt business interests in the GOP, perhaps it is time for a new party?

    November 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Robert

    Cut education funding over and over again, then make policies that appeal to the ignorant and uneducated...I can't believe that plan didn't work.

    November 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Chris in PA

    Maybe if they stop spreading hate and try to relate to everyday people they would have a chance.

    November 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. John Q

    CNN is a socialist-aiding evil news organization. You won Barack the election already, why do you have to continue attacking the other side? Are you filled with that much hate? Obviously that was what the dems elections and agendas are always about. You disgust me CNN.

    November 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. JCC

    G.O.P. would be a good party if we were still in the 1700's and 1800's....

    They are just too outdated and that is a direct conflict with progression...

    I would put my money on the CEO's for GM, Chry, and Ford being visionary plans for the future, inability to understand that the consumers are smarter now, still lost in the system, out of touch, etc......

    November 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    The Republican Party and my mesage have something in common. They are both awaiting moderation. Until they find that moderation they do not deserve a second look.

    My favorite thing is when some Republican talking head says that McCain/Palin were not conservative enough. That's right Ms Flat Earth wasn't narrow minded enough that was their downfall, we better get Mitt next time.

    November 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Kevin

    This will reverse itself real quick....once America realizes what its done by putting the far left Obama-Pelosi-Reed triumvirate in place. Its gonna get bad folks...REAL bad. And the blame is squarely on the liberal congress.

    November 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Richard

    Bush, McCain's fear and smear campaign, the economy, and all the Republican legislators who gave Bush EVERYTHING he wanted for 8 years without any consideration for anyone else is the reason. WELL-DESERVED.

    November 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. John Q

    How about a story on how Barack's promised 'Change' is already a joke, he's just bringing back the Clinton administration thus far. You people are ruining the country!

    November 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. David

    The GOP already tried to milk that "entitlement" argument and it
    didn't work and it won't work now. Hey, why try to run an investment
    firm or bank ethically and responsibly when you can do a sloppy unethical job of it and get bailed out anyway? There's some entitlement for you.
    How about getting a no-bid sweetheart contract with Uncle Sam to
    do "business" in Iraq at taxpayer expense? More "entitlement".

    It's simple – the Democrats and Obama currently appeal to people's hopes, while the GOP has been appealing to their fears. The "fear" approach just got too old.

    November 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. dave

    You don't suppose that a large reason for this is the biased press do you?Check back in about 2 years when the "social experiment" we have entered into takes full effect.This "change we can believe in"is just a re-booting of the Clinton fiasco.I'm actually waiting for Monica to re-appear.

    November 20, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. TimMN

    Whatever! CNN please stop kicking people when they are down. I know your tainted liberal views don't afford you the luxury of bias news reporting but instead of kool-aid at least give your staff the option of water at the cooler ummmm k!

    November 20, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Mike Dallas

    Yep, clutch those bibles even closer, that is the ticket!

    Keep convincing yourselves that America is the problem and not the beliefs of the party.

    Keep alienating the young, the educated whites, folks of color and just cuddle up with the rabid religious fascists, that will cause the party to grow among the deep South rednecks, which is a growing demographic you should continue to tap into.


    November 20, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Rob Johnson

    Only 61%? They can do better than that.

    Nominate Palin in 2012 if you want that number to go higher, GOP.

    November 20, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Joe Regis

    The disconnect between the repubs, the GOP and ordinary Americans is palpable you can feel it. They will run deficits after deficits, increase the size of government, supporting people who do not necessarely need to be supported and yet all the while they claim to be for responsible government, deficits free and economics growth.

    Under the repubs, the number of American children living below the poverty line increased incrementaly while they favor increase spending for the wars of opportunities that cost billion weekly.

    November 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Maggie from Virginia


    Your kind is the reason repubs are disliked.

    November 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. California Girl

    This comes as no surprize to me. The reps are too arrogant for their own good. They are stuck in the past, rely on stirring up hate and fear, adn continue to worship at the altar of Reagan (thank you Christine). Reagan promoted the idea it was perfectly acceptable to be selfish – in fact, seemed to regard it as a virtue. This is apparent in the actions of the auto executives who were stupid enough to fly to Washington in private jets to beg for money. And it is horrid how they cater to the lowest common denominator by sneering at higher education and trying to make heroes out of idiots like Joe the Fake Plumber. Look at the way Palin conducted her campaign stops – at times, I felt I was watching a Klan rally. The reps can no longer rely on using the three Gs – gays, guns, and god – as their big issues.

    November 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Julie

    I would really like someone to explain to me WHAT IS IT THAT REPUBLICANS STAND FOR? I really don't see what their platform is, and why it's relevant in this day & age? It's not Progressive, it's not beneficial to the majority of Americans, and it seems to me that they are the party of greed, dishonesty, war & fear-mongering, and less government, unless it comes down to Reproductive rights and Civil Rights & Liberties. (The we can have government intervention) GIVE ME ONE GOOD ELEMENT OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!! JUST ONE!

    November 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. jenny

    Too many THIEVES and an IDIOT like Sarah Palin trying to be the GOP 's LEADER. This Party has too many RECYCLED INDIVIDUALS with no brains like Huckabee,Romney,Guialini,McCain and others,Plus Two Dictators that are presently ruling.

    November 20, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. JFK

    The GOP has become useless and mostly corrupt.

    November 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Nedu

    There is more trouble waiting for the Republicans. If they dont break out of that majority white folk conservative strategy, they are really doomed as a party.

    November 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. scott p

    Good News for progressive leftists. The Republicans destroyed the american economy. Now that we have the Republicans down, let's finish them off for good!

    November 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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