Just weeks ahead of midterm elections, Republicans just got a boost in morale as a new poll showed the Party’s highest favorability level in seven years.
While the left has been touting a “blue wave” takeover by Democrats in the House in November, a new Gallup poll showed that under the leadership of President Donald Trump, 45 percent gave the Republican Party a favorable rating – the highest number for the GOP since 2011.
Republican Party Favorability is the highest it has been in 7 years – 3 points higher than Democrats! Gallup
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2018
The number was also a nine-point increase from September 2017 when the rating was at 36 percent.
“It’s easy to see why GOP approval numbers are the highest in years,” Donald Trump, Jr. told Breitbart News. “Republicans finally have a president who gets things done, delivers on promises, and fights back when met with inevitable resistance from obstructionist Democrats. They haven’t had that in recent memory. Conservatives’ principles are being enacted–and they’re working, and people are taking notice.”
Democrats were viewed favorably by 44 percent of those polled.
“No matter how much or how little party favorability affects elections, the fact that Republicans are more likely to view their party favorably than a year ago can be considered a positive indicator for the party, particularly if a more positive image boosts Republican turnout,” Gallup’s Jim Norman wrote.
Gallup noted that the GOP’s favorability rating in the last decade averaged 39 percent while the Democratic Party’s averaged 44 percent. The last Republicans enjoyed a higher Gallup approval rating than Democrats was in November 2014, as the GOP garnered a 42 percent favorability rating to Democrats’ 36 percent as Republicans took back the Senate majority in the midterm elections.
“The overall increase in the favorable image of the Republican Party is a result of a jump in the positive views of Republicans, including independents who lean toward the party,” Norman wrote in the poll analysis. “The percentage of Republicans and leaners with favorable views of their party grew from 67% last September to 85% now.”
The poll also noted that men and those living in middle-income households tend to be more Republican and have “become more likely to view the Republican Party favorably in the past year.”
The latest Gallup Poll interviewed 1,035 American adults from Sept. 4-12 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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