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Rough Waters for 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


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 Jon Cohen  |  January 29, 2009; 4:36 PM ET
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Posted by: thc1138 | January 29, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I was watching the antiquated election of the RNC on CSPAN3 this morning at the same time Obama and Biden were meeting with leaders of labor unions, non-profits, business and government...the contrast could not have been more pronounced!

The RNC election was chaired by a grizzled old gal who looked like she stepped out of the role of grandma in Little House on the Prairie, and various Republican blowhards stepped up to a stage that a high school could have done better, and bloviated on about how the Dems were on the verge of collapse and the Republicans the dominant party once again...the self-delusion was astounding!

O and Biden on the other hand, looked magnificent, bashed the policies of Bush, and declared a new era where Unions and the working middle class would again become the focus of his administration, and not the CEOs of Big Business!

Posted by: wagonjak1 | January 30, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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