GOP favorability unusually low, Democrats only somewhat better

McClatchy Washington BureauMay 16, 2014 

People don’t particularly like either political party, but they like Democrats at little more.

That’s the finding of a Gallup Poll released Friday. It found that “if the Republicans’ current favorability ratings hold, they will be the lowest ever for either party in an election year.”

Republicans’ favorability is up slightly from the party’s all-time low last year, while Democrats have been steady recently.

The April 24-30 poll found Democrats had a favorable rating of 44 percent. Republicans came in at 34 percent.

Democrats, though, shouldn’t get too confident. “The Democrats currently lead their Republican rivals in overall favorable ratings, but even if they are able to maintain this position throughout the 2014 midterm election cycle, it hardly augurs success for the party,” according to a Gallup analysis. “There have been several instances in the eight elections from 1996-2012 (the 1998 midterm contest is excluded) in which the more popular party has failed to dominate the November elections.”

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