New Poll: Even Republicans Are Starting To Hate Republicans

A new poll suggests that the circus they are calling the 2016 presidential race may be turning off Republicans more than anyone, but it’s also turning everyone else off. Democrats, though, are holding steady.

According to the latest Pew poll, only 32 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Republican party. A whopping 60 percent have an unfavorable view. The Democratic party is almost at half and half with 48 percent viewing them favorably and 47 percent unfavorably.

The biggest drop in support has been from Republicans, surprisingly. Just six months ago, 86 percent of Republicans supported their party. Today, just 68 percent do. The Republican party, not surprisingly, is considered the more extreme of the two parties. Democrats win on ethics and honesty too:

The Democratic Party continues to hold wide advantages over the Republicans on empathy and honesty. By 53% to 31%, the Democratic Party is viewed as “more concerned with the needs of people like me.” And the Democrats hold a 16-point lead on governing in an honest and ethical way (45% to 29%).

On the issues, Democrats are winning on the environment, the right to choose, education and healthcare. People are still more likely to be with Republicans on guns and terrorism, though. Congress, overall, is doing horribly, with just 25 percent of respondents giving them a favorable rating.

What does all of this mean for the 2016 election? Pretty much nothing. The clown car will clear out and once the primary season is over, even the most extreme of nominees will calm his rhetoric a bit to appeal to the general election. Our news cycle is short, and American attention spans are not much longer. When Mitt Romney talked about the “etch-a-sketch,” there was more than a grain of truth.

The other reason this won’t make a bit of difference is gerrymandering. As much as people hate the existing Congress, Republicans have redrawn the districts in a way that it’s almost impossible for Democrats to ever win back the House. The good news is that it’s possible we could win back the Senate.

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