Poll: Republican Image in Positive Territory for First Time Since 2005

Posted on January 30th, 2011

Contributing Editor
Last month, The Washington Post headlined the poll it conducts with ABC News: “Public Is Not Yet Sold on GOP.” While the Republicans scored big in the November elections, The Post said that the survey showed, “they have yet to win the hearts and minds of the American people.”

But there’s a more positive note for Republicans, as far as public opinion goes, in a Gallup poll conducted Jan. 14-16 which found that, for the first time since 2005, more Americans had a favorable view of the GOP than an unfavorable one.

Forty-seven percent of those surveyed now see the Republicans favorably compared to 43 percent who do not. That compares to late 2008 when 61 percent saw the party unfavorably compared to 34 percent who had a positive view.

Republicans had been in positive figures for most of the early 2000s before the public view of the Bush administration turned negative starting in 2005 when the Iraq war was going badly and President Bush took a hit for his administration’s handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The downhill slide continued, enabling the Democrats to win big victories in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

The public is split when it comes to its view of the Democrats. Forty-seven percent see them unfavorably compared to 46 percent who have a positive view. The Democrats had a favorable rating in the mid-to-high 50s between 2004 and late 2009, but last year, that changed when 54 percent saw the party unfavorably and 41 percent saw it favorably — numbers that were reflected in the results of the midterm elections.

Gallup thinks the fact that the two parties’ ratings are generally similar will be an impetus to them to work better together, something other polls have said is what the public wants.


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