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")
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.
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