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. MrRevolution

    They will go into a deeper hole unless they move away from their right wing social values. Palin had the guts to bring her pregnant unwed teenager on the stage and be proud of her social values. Am I missing something?

    November 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Laszlo in L.A.

    This is a marketing issue. It's branding. The Republican brand right now is represented by Sarah Palin and Joe the Unlicensed Plumber. These are not the spokespeople you want for your brand unless you are selling something to customers who are angry, divisive and dishonest. And largely rural white people. Change the spokesperson – Bobby Jindal? – modify the message and the GOP will be back.

    November 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. John

    I like the GOP mantra of lower taxes and lower spending. Problem was,Bush and McCain never talked about paying for the war. But more than that the overwhelming problem with the GOP for me is the insertion of religious views into politics. I will not go back to that party until it keeps religion views in the church and and out of politics.

    November 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Arariel

    They have a favorable view at all?
    Guess we know who shouldn't be allowed to procreate...

    November 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Paul

    @ Kari.

    There's been entitlement for a long time – the rich getting tax breaks on dividend income.

    So your last sentence would CORRECTLY read "Why work hard when you can get it for free- the REPUBLICAN way?".

    But keep on voting Republican, Kari. Not everyone can have a brain.

    November 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Terence, VA

    The GOP refuses to serve the good and the interests of the majority of Americans. They serve their own interests, the survival of the party, and the interests of the few. In my mind, the GOP simply does not work for the good of the country. I would like to see them dissolve.

    November 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Well gee, when the democratic/liberal media and hollywood constantly promotes one party as good (democrats) and the other as evil (republicans) you think it has an effect on the public?

    November 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. vic

    Well, what has the republican party offered the citizens of the United States? What are their plans? Are they going to join the democrats and help to get our country back on track or are they going to continue to whine and pout and cry? Are they going to focus on 2012 or are they going to focus on right now?
    Our country is in dire straits and what do they plan to do about it....fight Obamas every move or try to be a solution and help clean this mess up?
    I say they will fight Obama and the democrats at every turn, then lose even more seats in 2 years.

    November 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Russ R

    Perhaps it's because of their sheer Genius!

    Wasn't "Drill, Baby, Drill" their primary campaign strategy chant! Where are all the Neo Con oil hawks chanting "Drill, Baby, Drill" now!!! Don't they want oil prices to plummet even further??? Shouldn't we continue to disregard the fact that the oil companies already do not invest in greater production capacity due to the cyclical nature of prices? that's a quote from one of their execs, they already admit they don't exploit the leases they already have, yet we have these idiots like Bush/Palin who think we should open our most valuable natural resources/preserves to these scoundrels.

    Americans are fed up with this redneck BS. Grow a brain and use it. Give up your idiotic ideological BS you want to cram down everyone's throats.

    November 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Brad

    You've got it all wrong. You can thank the media's premature coronation of King Obama and the villification of all who opposed him, even other Democrats. And that message of change???? The list of cabinet appointees looks like the reincarnation of the Clinton administration. As a Hillary supporter and then Mccain, it kind of sickens me how he now "owes" Hillary and is throwing her a bone. Even more sickening, her and Bill's tails are wagging at the idea. Hillary, please stay in the senate. Don't be his puppet.

    November 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Bill

    As a lifelong Republican who actively supported Barack Obama, I am ever hopeful that the Republican party of Lincoln and TR will be brought back to life and replace the ugly, elitist, and mean-spirited thing that we now call the Republican party. Another step in that very positive direction would be the defeat of Saxby Chambliss in Georgia. His campaign against a great American patriot Max Cleland was beyond despicable. I am hopeful that the Republican party will reject that kind of politics and make me proud to call myself a Republican!

    November 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. OhioMOM

    Hmm. Comments supporting the Republican party on this thread underscore the reason the party is in trouble in the first place. Lacking a clear message and positive action, the party is resigned to being defended with attacks on the other side a 'la Kari the Genius, whose first post reveals the mind of the GOP in a nutshell.... thanks, Kari! You made our point for us!

    November 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Adam

    The US electorate is ill-informed, swayed by the media, and memorized by the messiah president-elect. Dems have controlled both houses of Congress for the past 2 years and have increased the margin this past election. Just look at the state of our country under the Democrat-controlled congress. Dismal.

    November 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Rob

    Wow, when did favorable rating mean that something is right or wrong? People are fickle. I bet the Nazi party had a pretty good approval rating in 1932 Germany.

    No, I'm not comparing the Democratic party to the Nazi party, I'm just saying that these opinion polls don't demonstrate the best direction for our country, necessarily. And as for the comments about the "uneducated", that's very offensive. Just because I hold politically conservative views doesn't mean that I'm unintelligent. Likewise, just because you hold liberal views doesn't mean that you're intelligent. Before you denigrate "rednecks" you should understand what you're talking about. Interestingly, the term "redneck" comes from union labor in the 1920s (ish). Where exactly does that group fall on the political spectrum?

    November 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Lee

    The Republican party must go back to the base of their base.

    It has to go back to appealing to fear, hatred of anything "foreign", and away from those pointy-headed "elites" that got too much education.

    "Real America" is not dead yet and with the help of Rush Limpballs, Sean Hannity and Fox News it will rise again!

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. kishen c.rao

    republican party is a total failure on lot of of them is BUSH...look at the economy, it is totally in shambles..gas, milk, grocery are way up...dollar has drastically plunged during this bad republican era...too many illigals here without valid visas...DOW is althe time lows...lot of people lost energy independence...
    meanwhile, while, republican governor's meeting, Sara Palin who just lost, IGNORANT MCCAIN TOOK PALIN, was just aiming for presidency while others flately denied and cancelled this meeting in think, people are not watching...and Mitt Romney does not talk any sense at all...
    these are the biggest problems..surrounding by big ignorants...God bless our nation, the USA

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Seattle Sue

    Well the Republicans have certainly earned these low ratings, they worked very hard these past eight years to achieve this rate. I personally rate them much lower. I am hearing Bush wants to change restrictions on the environment, emissions, spying on Americans and a number of other things that will hurt America. January 20,2009 can't come quick enough for me.

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Gregory, Scottsdale, AZ

    Those of you that are Republicans need to get over the fact that you LOST! Period. Man, come on, get on board and be done w/ it. Look at what he's done so far and he's not in office yet. Jeez! Come and grow up!

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. jason z

    Thank you president Bush, we owe it all to you!!

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. tammer hilton

    hey kari,
    I dont know what your talking about, no one has given me nothing, and I strive. That's the problem, you republicans are always looking to point a finger, instead of taking accountability. Quit your whining and except change!!!!

    November 20, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Obama the Messiah?

    Wow, a lot of you who didn't vote for Obama keep calling him the "Messiah"? Those of us who voted for him think that's a bit over the top. We just voted for him because we think he'll be a great leader.

    But it's flattering that you think so highly of him.

    November 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    Corruption + lack of vision + failure to address the issues that affect the lives of average Americans = bankrupt GOP. Good ridance.

    There is so much more under the surface. GOP special interests have had a field day the past eight years. They have lined their pockets at the expense of the average working American ... and it will take years to undo that.

    Phil Gramm, Geo Bush, Tom Delay, Dick Cheney, Ted Stevens, Newt Gingrich should be in jail. Mark Foley and Larry Craig were just side shows.

    November 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Jim

    Nice poll. Wonder what people think of the Democratic Party. They pretty much suck too.

    November 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. wonderHugh_Witiz

    Hopefully, they'll suffer a short, painful political death from here. They still don't get it – they glue themselves to their radios listening to their god – an extra large drug addicted high-school graduate chomping on a cigar. His, and the rest of the republicans' cure-all is to support anything that helps the wealthy get wealthier while stepping on the necks of those seeking to create a better lifestyle. Meanwhile, no accountability is required for their failures, law-bending, law-breaking or incompetence. (How many heads rolled in the Bush administration for their untold sums of flops and disasters?)
    All you hear from them now is more of the same AM radio talkshow stupidity and Sarah Palin. Never have I even seen elementary school kids set the bar so low.

    November 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Tom

    The Dems destroyed the American economy by Barney Franks, chris Dodd and others to get the White House. The Reps did nothing but sit back and take the blame. The US Congress and gov't as a whole is so corrupt and you think the Republicans have destroyed America? OMG, all you idiots (at leaset 51% of Americans that voted for Obama) are spoon fed through the media and gov't exactly what they want. You read the polls as gospel. America is a country of the people, for the people and by the people. You have done this to yourselves.

    November 20, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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