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Rough Waters for the GOP

As the RNC meets to pick its next chairman and assess the implications of universal GOP opposition a House stimulus bill that seemed to have broad public support, two new reports show the depth of the party's current disadvantage.

In newly-released data from the Pew Research Center, 62 percent of Americans polled had a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, while far fewer, 40 percent, felt positively toward the GOP. The 22-point Democratic advantage is the largest recorded by Pew, and surpasses the 17-point edge the Republican Party had when it gained control of Congress in 1995.

Party Favorability (% saying "favorable")

Democratic Party

Republican Party

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Gallup data from last year indicate how widespread the Democratic advantage has become. Looking at the numbers of Democrats and Republicans in each state (not counting those nonpartisans who "lean" one way or the other), Gallup found Democrats had double-digit advantages in 24 states, the GOP just four.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 29, 2009; 5:22 PM ET
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I was a Rep for forty years but now hope for a rebirth of GOP as it was stealing, spending wildly like Obama and hating. Need to reform and stop being jailbirds, helping only the rich and stop hating Mexicans who cleaned the Republicans clock in 2006 and 2008 elections. Evangelicals are too dumb to see this which means National GOP is doomed.

Posted by: mascmen7 | January 31, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Riode,

Based on your post, can we assume that Mensa places a bare minimum of value on literacy?

Posted by: jehovahjones | January 30, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

It never fails to insult me when folks use name-calling to make their point. I am a card carrying Democrat and Mensa member. I'm not stupid! In America we only have two choices, Democrate or Republican and many times a vote for either one party or the other represents the lesser of two evils. While this election was not one of those scenarios I can't imagine why Republicans have taken a position against peace and prosperity. I believe the three main points of concern that the Republicans have with this stimulus package are valid. But don't throw the baby out with bath water! Democrate are also right when they show a sense of urgency to get the package enacted. Which part of the "Peace & Prosperity" idea is evil? One mans pork is another mans need and Republicans have surely had their share. Tone it down and look for solutions not insulting rhetoric.

Posted by: riode | January 30, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

gatorator1 wrote: "As has been said, never underestimate the stupidity of the American people. The Democrats' stimulus plan is just pork and pet projects. It is corruption, pure and simple."
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Well, yes, never underestimate the stupidity of Americans who voted for George Bush -- twice -- then continue to hold to dogma (full of corruption, pure and simple) that has failed them and their country. No question the stimulus plan can be improved, but even pork can stimulate an economy -- kind of like a war in Iraq stimulated Haliburton.

Posted by: debbieqd | January 30, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans took both houses of Congress in '94 thanks to Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America", which had broad public support. Mr. G was thrown overboard within a year and the GOP majority settled into pandering survival mode, letting extreme religious zealots control a lot of their message and rhetoric. Thanks to their lost focus and the blunders of the equally obtuse President, they're justifiably out. The thing is, the Democrats now have both houses of Congress and the Presidency largely through the outreach of Howard Dean and the efforts of "Blue Dogs" like Messrs. Webb, Warner and Kaine, who vouched for Mr. O and drew a lot true conservative support. Mr. Dean wasn't even at the Obama victory celebration, and the others are nowhere to be seen in the new Cabinet. The "new" Democrat rhetoric is pure nanny state socialism. They'll probably keep saying "that's what America wanted" and be out in another election cycle or 2. Betcha.

Posted by: jcunnin3 | January 30, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

As has been said, never underestimate the stupidity of the American people. The Democrats' stimulus plan is just pork and pet projects. It is corruption, pure and simple.

Posted by: gatorator1 | January 30, 2009 2:57 AM | Report abuse

"The 22-point Democratic advantage is the largest recorded by Pew, and surpasses the 17-point edge the Republican Party had .... in 1995."

That's because they took the Presidency by a legal maneuver, governed by division, were led by extremist evangelicals, extremist neo-cons and extremist corporatists. They bankrupted America in a phony war, and left the economy in the crapper.

What's amazing is that 40% think that was great or even that 74% of Republicans still think Republicans are great??? The Party of the dumb. Rush and Sarah 2012!

Posted by: thebobbob | January 30, 2009 1:55 AM | Report abuse

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