GOP Attains Highest Approval Rating in Years

The Republican National Committee logo is shown on the stage as crew members work at the North Charleston Coliseum, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C., in advance of Thursday's Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

While the left and the media rage against the GOP, more American people have grown fond of it than ever before.

According to Gallup, 45 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the GOP. This is the highest approval rating it’s had in seven years.


Forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September’s 36%. It is the party’s most positive image since it registered 47% in January 2011, shortly after taking control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Forty-four percent give the Democratic Party a favorable rating.

As Gallup highlights, this typically isn’t the case, with Democrats achieving a much higher approval rating than Republicans, the exception being after the 2014 midterm elections:

The parity in Republicans’ and Democrats’ favorable ratings marks a change from what has generally been the case since Barack Obama’s election as president in November 2008. Republicans have usually been rated less positively than Democrats over this time, with the Republican Party’s favorability rating for the last decade averaging 39%, compared with the Democratic Party’s 44%.

Only one other time in the last decade has the Republican Party had a significantly higher score than the Democratic Party. That one exception came in November 2014, immediately after elections that saw Republicans capture control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House, when 42% rated the GOP favorably and 36% the Democrats.


This may be for a number of reasons, such as the historic tax breaks passed by the GOP. However, much of the approval comes from Republicans being happy with the current state of the GOP. This approval may sink should the GOP delay voting in Kavanaugh any further.


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