Although the budgetary standoff between the Republican-led House and a Democratic-run Senate and White House is far from over, the GOP is losing the public relations battle, a new independent poll shows.
The results of a Gallup poll released Wednesday show that only 28 percent of Americans view the Republican Party favorably — down from 38 percent in September. This is the lowest favorability rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking the question in 1992.
The Democratic Party also has a public Image problem, with just 43 percent of Americans viewing the party favorably, a drop of 4 percentage points since last month, Gallup said.
The national telephone survey of voting-age adults was conducted shortly after part of the federal government closed Oct. 1 because Congress could not agree on a government spending plan.
More than six in 10 Americans — 62 percent — now view the GOP unfavorably, a record high. By comparison, almost half of Americans — 49 percent — view the Democratic Party unfavorably, the poll shows. About one in four Americans sees both parties unfavorably.
Self-identified Republicans are more than twice as likely to view their own party unfavorably — 27 percent — as Democrats are to see their own party unfavorably — 13 percent.