According to the poll, 49% hold a negative view of the Republican Party ó its highest negative rating in the survey since 2008.(In fact, itís been higher than 49% just once in the entire history of the NBC/WSJ poll.) Only 26% have a positive view of the GOP. By comparison, the Democratic Party has a net positive rating, with 44% holding a favorable view of the party and 38% holding an unfavorable one. And the conservative Tea Party movement, which took off in Obamaís first year as president, also finds its popularity at an all-time low in the poll, with an upside-down fav/unfav of 23%/47%. Whatís more, just 14 percent of adults approve of Congressí job (which is near the all-time low in the poll), while 81 percent disapprove (which is close to its all-time high). By the way, most of the recent negative movement for the GOP is among core Republicans. The GOP was already viewed very negatively by Democrats and indies; it couldnít really get much worse with those two groups. So this latest shift for the GOP is due to the fact that a growing number of core Republicans were not happy with how the party handled the fiscal cliff.
A 49% negative rating. That means that nearly half of the country views the Republican Party negatively. Now, obviously, American politics is cyclical is likely to change at some point, but thatís not going to happen unless and until the GOP gets its act together. Part of that includes finally coming to recognize the fact that the party has been out of step with the nation for some time now. It started, in reality, during the Bush Administration and reached its height with absurdities such as Congressional interference in the Terry Schiavo matter. Since President Obama has been in office, it has taken the form of extreme partisanship and a belief that everything the President does must be opposed as if it were the onset of tyranny. The Republican Partyís Obama Derangement Syndrome is worse than Bush Derangement Syndrome ever was, and it has resulted in a situation where itís essentially impossible to get the nationís business done. This, of course, is the primary reason why many voters have soured on the GOP in recent years.
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