Thanks To Donald Trump, GOP Approval Ratings Hit Lowest Point Since 1992

donald trump ted cruz 1Donald Trump is traveling around the country, making inflammatory statements, and then demanding apologies from the people who call on him to apologize for his remarks. As far as political theater goes, it is an amazing thing to watch. However, if you’re a Republican Party strategist, a new poll from Pew Research Center on Republican Party approval ratings will have you thinking about updating your resume and reconsidering your career choices.


According to the Pew Research Center, Republican Party approval ratings are now the lowest they’ve measured since 1992, and that spells disaster for the GOP. Meanwhile, Democrats have gained a couple of points, very likely due to the recent rhetoric coming from 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

The Republican Party’s image has grown more negative over the first half of this year. Currently, 32% have a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 60% have an unfavorable view. Favorable views of the GOP have fallen nine percentage points since January. The Democratic Party continues to have mixed ratings (48% favorable, 47% unfavorable).

The Democratic Party has often held an edge over the GOP in favorability in recent years, but its advantage had narrowed following the Republicans’ midterm victory last fall. Today, the gap is as wide as it has been in more than two years.

Republicans, in particular, are now more critical of their own party than they were a few months ago. About two-thirds (68%) express a favorable opinion of their party, the lowest share in more than two years. Six months ago, 86% of Republicans viewed the GOP positively. (Source)

I don’t think that it is any coincidence that the drop in approval ratings align with the entrance of Donald Trump into the race. While some conservative pundits like Michael Warren at The Weekly Standard argue that there is no evidence Trump is hurting the GOP, and Fox News continues to fawn over him, the polls say otherwise. On the other hand, former Florida GOP congressman Michael Souder warns that Trump is not only dangerous to the party, but he’s also doing incredible harm to the conservative brand at the same time. His bizarre remarks have even prompted a “Who said it: Donald Trump or Frank Reynolds?” quiz where you can try to distinguish real quotes from Donald Trump versus quotes from Danny DeVito’s character on the FX series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.”


Looking at these poll numbers, it’s not just independents that are turned off, Republicans lost 18 approval points within their own party – and it is likely to get even worse as candidates compete for votes in early primary states.

The current survey finds that positive views of the GOP among Republicans have declined 18 percentage points since January, from 86% to 68%. Independents also view the Republican Party less favorably; 29% today, compared with 37% six months ago. (Source)

Democrats don’t have this problem, although their ratings with independents remain unchanged. In the time since January, there have only been a couple of events that would have made a dent in the GOP’s approval numbers which are their angry response against the Supreme Court’s ruling  – and Donald Trump’s take-no-prisoners beserker campaign that even has members of his own party begging him to tone it down.

Accusing immigrants of being rapists and bringing “tremendous infections disease” to this country may play well with the angry old white man primary vote, but it is driving voters away that the GOP cannot afford to lose in the general election. Being a former Republican, I can tell you that the GOP is willing to look the other way or even pander to the racist fringe of the party as they have been doing for years. Now they’re facing a tremendous problem of their own creation, and it is likely to be their rapidly approaching demise.



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  • Lindabmunoz

    ^^^^^Now Get It -ffoorrwardprogressives

    • Allahu Akbar!

      You a prostitute?

      • noah vail

        is your mother?

  • OMGface

    Indeed, the presence of this singular Faust, blowhard, despot, abject simpleton…..a man who didn’t blink re exploiting morons by perpetuating what he knew was a total lie re Obama’s birth…..is very good indeed for anyone with half a brain and some character who also chases truth ongoing re restoring some hope for America’s future….read: PROGRESSIVES WITH BRAINS, and, I need to believe, a beleaguered contingency of Republicans incapable of tolerating the rabid right fringe, who also qualify

    • Allahu Akbar!

      Isnt Obama visiting his place of birth right now?

      • OMGface

        I need to think you are better than this; I need to think everyone is.

      • Always curious

        You just can’t admit you are wrong about President Obama being a US citizen by birth in the USA. You lost twice give it up. You are just making yourself look unintelligent.

      • mapleleaflover

        No, I don’t think he is currently in Hawaii.

  • strayaway

    Trump might be responsible for some blowback from independent voters. However, it is less logical to assume that he is the cause for lower Republican support within the GOP. Republican voters, after all, are aware of and have the option to vote for everyone from Lindsey Graham, to Jeb, to Rand Paul, to Ted Cruz in the primary so they have little reason throw the baby out with the bath water. A better explanation of Republican rank and file discontent might be that the Republican Party has become a top down organization and betrayed its rank and file after the mid-term election by supporting corporate agendas often consistent with those of president Obama instead of the wishes of its rank and file.

    • Nancy B

      You have a good point. It would be better to compare with more recent polls. This comparison is based on 6 months, and that was long before Trump began making a worse arse of himself than usual.

    • jkjcks

      Beware, common sense is not appreciated in this forum.

  • Allahu Akbar!

    With Hillary in jail who will the Dems run next year, Bernie Sanders a self admitted socialist?

    • Nancy B

      Rather him than what the GOP is currently offering up.

    • noah vail

      better socialism than facism, that the right seems to represent

      • OMGface

        Good comment, Noah, but it’s NOT SOCIALISM….any more than the dozens of advanced nations who have single payer, universal health care, unlike America. FDR, who changed America for the better in every way was accused of being that, he found it amusing. I wonder just who these cretins think gestated the GI Bill of Rights after WW2? Thus creating the MIDDLE CLASS. Who built the dams, the bridges, the tunnels… now, because of the GOP, in terminal disrepair.

        Not to mention, how can anyone not get, right now, big businesses and the top 2% of wealth owners are the recipients of an actual kind of WELFARE….at the expense of 98% of us.

      • noah vail

        i know the difference between socialism and democratic socialism but in the interest of simplicity i chose to stay with the terms the RWNJ’s can understand …understanding nuance is not one of their strong suits

      • OMGface

        Thanks for this; I feel U….but, I refuse to dumb down here, Noah, and SO should YOU REFUSE TO.

      • Frank Hoffman

        Maybe it’s past time for Americans to get over the knee-jerk post-Cold-War horror of “socialism.” As OMGFace notes, Americans already benefit from policies that might be branded “socialist.” Too many Americans seem to think ANY governmental attention to the social compact of a democracy is socialist. And too many think that socialism is on a short trajectory with communism and totalitarianism. I do not believe that Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee, but perhaps his candidacy and his long work in Congress will take some of the stigma off the term, and the benefits of more communitarian thinking in public policy that, at its best, “socialism” refers to.

      • OMGface

        Sending hugs and cannolis, Frank! Pitiable part, all people would have to do right now is stream the recent, typically brilliant brilliant 10 part docu via the one and only Ken Bruns, PBS re THE ROOSEVELTS. Will learn far more than anyone did as an undergrad. :PBS makes everything available to stream.

      • BabyO

        Give Trump a chance. so far his plans are good, and he intends to work and not play golf

      • OMGface

        HE’S A TOTAL INFANT DILETTANTE. A simpleton. Only other simpletons would fail to get that. He has NO ACTUAL IDEAS! NONE!!!!! He is even clueless about the NAFTA! Bring Mfg jobs back to America? I mean, our heads just exploded at the abject ignorance just THAT reflected!!! u THINK BECAUSE HE RUNS HIS BS With HIS VERSION OF MIGHT MAKES RIGHT CONVICTION, HE HAS A BRAIN?

      • Always curious

        Bernie is a democratic socialist. Look it up so you can see for yourself. By the way, capitalism isn’t working anymore. It hasn’t worked for many decades. Unless you are one of the 1% who mostly got rich gaming the rigged capitalist system. Or being outright criminals. It is time to try something else. Everything should be on the table for discussion and re-evaluation.

      • BabyO

        That is why we need to give Trump a chance, bring back middle class , jobs taken from America, illegal immigrants eating our economy. Let us not be quick to surrender. Socialism is socialism which ever way you want to put it

      • Always curious

        Trump GAVE his jobs to Mexico, and China why do you think a billionaire cares about bringing his jobs back to the USA?. He employs undocumented workers all the time to build his Trump palaces. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Those outrageous comments and temper tantrums he has are all about him. If he is allowed to become president his mouth will have us at war with most of the world in no time at all. Look up the words you don’t understand before tossing them around. Do your own research and thinking about the issues, and candidates. Your boy Trump is a fascist of the worst kind, Most Republicans today also fall under the fascist ideals. Most Democrats fall on the socialist spectrum. You know socialism, like our highways and roads, Social Security, Medicare, police, firefighters, Post Office workers, Emergency rooms that are not allowed to leave people untreated regardless of their ability to pay. Those are all socialist programs. I know you understand what I am saying now. These are socialist programs we have been living with and liking for decades. Make sure you learn the meaning of fascism and democratic socialism. You can make informed decisions of your own. You are more than a trained bird parroting other people’s ideas. I wish the best for you.

      • Joe Schmoe

        That’s precisely why he’s the right person to ask for reasons to keep jobs in America from an exec standpoint. He knows why other execs and himself had to make that decision in the first place. If Detroit were competitive with Mexico, it wouldn’t look like the post-apoc city it now is.

      • Always curious

        Oh, Trump has his solution for bringing jobs back to America alright. He says wages are too high. How little are you willing to work for? I can’t quite feel sorry for Billionaires who have to send jobs to third world country sweat shops with child labor so they can have more money. How many billion do you think he needs? At least try to think about things for yourself.

      • Joe Schmoe

        So you prefer fewer, but higher paying jobs? In the real-world, everything has trade offs. Prioritize!

        What gets teens and young adults to higher paying jobs? Experience. What stops them? Minimum wage and red tape. They never get the required experience while their counterparts overseas monopolize it and improve their living standard as they get older and utilize their experience.

      • Always curious

        Oh, BabyO, He has, and is sending jobs overseas now. His clothing line is made in China, Mexico, and Southeast Asia, he bought 40,000 TVs from Korea, according to him. He sent the jobs you are talking about overseas himself. He has undocumented immigrants working for him right now. One of them works in his hotel in New York and he made a video about it even though he knows it might cost him his job. The way I want to put it, a you say, is Democratic Socialism. It is not a surrender of anything It is a viable choice we are considering. Unless you are in the Top 1% he is not going to do anything for you. If you don’t want to see the truth that is your choice. But all of that is the truth. He has said so himself.

      • Joe Schmoe

        Capitalism is not working compared to what? Those Scandinavian countries everyone loves to prop up are more Capitalist and deregulated than we are.

      • jkjcks

        “Socialism” devolves to “Fascism” quite rapidly in practice.

      • noah vail

        tell that to the scandanavians

      • James Edward

        They’ll find out soon enough.

      • Joe Schmoe

        You realize it’s unsustainable right? Just ask a few of them in person.

      • Always curious

        Not really jkjcks. They are at different ends of the political spectrum. It is not possible for them to devolve into each other. Learn what Democratic Socialism and Fascism really mean for yourself. Before parroting what you heard someone else say about them.

      • James Edward

        Sorry friend, I turned down the kool-ade.
        Nazism started as “Socialism”. Do you have any doubt that the USSR was a fascist State? How about China?
        Communism is also said to be “at different ends of the political spectrum” than fascism. Yet N Korea is certainly a fascist State, is it not?
        Reagan shared a pearl that applies to you, ” it’s that they KNOW so much that isn’t true.” paraphrased

      • Always curious

        It is Kool-Aid, James.

      • James Edward

        kool-aid good
        kool-ade bad

      • Always curious

        Socialism and Fascism are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Look it up for yourself, don’t just agree with what others say.

      • BabyO

        Noah so you are ready to pay 80% of your taxes to the government?

      • noah vail

        not on the social security that i live on now but if i had the (unearned) billions that some of those jokers have i would…do i really NEED more than 10 million dollars to live on …i say let those rich guys count their winnings (it is a rigged game) and then tax the shit out of them

    • Altreg01

      Democratic socialist, learn the difference

      • Allahu Akbar!

        Democratic socialism= giving people lots of free things that really arent free at all to the taxpayer.

      • Baby Blue

        aka….Robin hood….take from the elite rich, give to the poor….we all loved that theory as kids

      • Catherine Holtz

        Spoken like a parasite…Oh,Robin Hood lived in England ,this is not the forest of thieves we want to be advised from..go support yourself and do it legally crackers don’t have values.SHAME ON YOU …SHAME On Democrats and Liberals that are parasite in nature.

      • Frank Hoffman

        You really need to work on your proofreading, Catherine Holtz. And, perhaps, your mental health. Your posts here are as incoherent and deranged as they are badly spelled. Get help.

      • Catherine Holtz

        I am so sorry you are so lost…sad for you that your so blind.

        Sent from Windows Mail

      • Weedbay Guy

        Take your medication, it’s cheaper now with Obama care.

      • jkjcks

        That’s a lie. Prices for everything “medical” have gone only up since ObamaCare became law and will skyrocket once implimentation is complete. Which occurs only AFTER Obama conveniently leaves for his post-Presidential life.

      • noah vail

        it’s not a matter of convenience, it’s the law…a pres can only serve two terms…learn your constitution

      • James Edward

        Full implementation has been delayed by fiat. Purposely delayed to allow Obama to exit before the awful truth of ObamaCare becomes obvious for all to see. It’s very convenient for him. He engineered it. Obama, for the convenience of he and his cronies, essentially rewrote the rules post passage.
        Your post was silly. You know exactly what was meant. If not, you should stick to ” see spot run.”

      • noah vail

        you sound crazy enough to join the repukelican womens league with palin, bachman, coulter, etc…you’re known by the company you keep

      • noah vail

        did you mean “YOU’RE”?

      • noah vail

        there is nothing in America that is more parasitical than the corporations and the weasels that run them…BTW most CEO jobs consist of nothing more that RAISING MORE MONEY FOR THE CORPORATION

      • Altreg01

        Big oil, corporations and the rich soak up BILLIONS in tax breaks and loopholes. Even the Koch Bro$ spoke out against corporate welfare. You arent too bright are you?

      • Altreg01

        Take from the poor and give to the rich. No money for social security or medicare, plenty of money for more tax cuts and basketball arenas. Robbin’ the poor, the Murican way

      • Altreg01

        How many repub presidential candidates thumping for war already. Election over a year away and the warhawks and chickenhawks beating the war drums. Better raise taxes on the rich and corporations to pay for this said no republican ever

      • noah vail

        as long as there is a buck to be made from war the republicans will be at the forefront sucking up $$ like it was their right to everything…but you don’t see them going off to war do you? the rich send their (mostly) southern born minions to do the dirty work and then when they come back from the war wounded or otherwise injured they tell them to get a job and quit crying for medical attention…how many bills for vets have the republicans shot down in the past few years?

      • Always curious

        You seem to be okay with the rich stealing from the poor and getting you and me to pay the difference. That upward transfer of wealth to the 1% came out of our pockets. Their pockets are much deeper than ours now and it is time they made up the difference with all of the tax breaks handed out by the politicians and loopholes written into the law by the corporations.That sucking sound you hear now is the wealth leaving our pockets and going into the pockets of the wealthy.

      • Altreg01

        Like tax breaks for the rich, tax breaks for big oil, tax breaks for large corporations. Nothing like the little people subsidizing the rich, Nice try

      • BabyO

        that is coming to an end at the rate people are revolting. All these tax breaks are approved by these politicians who are in the pocket of these institutions.

      • Altreg01

        Sorry you are incorrect, republiKKKans are masters at getting people to vote against their best interests. Look at all the southern poor who vote red every election

      • noah vail

        the taxes YOU pay won’t buy a pencil for a first grader or one second of the war that president cheney gave us

      • BabyO

        hahahahha exactly !!!!!! 80% in taxes you have to pay. Socialism is the transfer of capitalism to government, who will take control of the quality of life you are entitled to.

      • Always curious

        Democratic = of the people
        Socialism = for the people

        Unless you make over a quarter of a million dollars a year your taxes will remain the same. IF you make over a quarter of a million dollars and up you pay a few percent higher for your fair share in taxes.
        The days of us paying for the social programs needed by the people the large corporations employ but don’t pay enough to feed and house themselves. That is you and I paying for those programs. I’m pretty sure the Waltons can afford to pay a few more percentage points in taxes or pay their workers a living wage.

      • Joe Schmoe

        Those Scandinavian countries everyone loves to prop up are more Capitalist and deregulated than we are, which attracts the business required to fund socialism in the first place.

    • Baby Blue

      Hillary in jail for what? Rick Perry is the only candidate currently indicted for a FELONY charge lol…And yes, get used to Bernie….he is your next president 🙂

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    The polls indicate that republicans hate each other. I guess that is what you get when you base a political strategy of a party on divisiveness and greed.

    • OMGface

      Add obstructionism, Fundamentalism, disingenuousness, might makes right, the end justifies the means, a dearth of intelligence and character and courage, dogs and ponies, smoke and mirrors.

    • Catherine Holtz

      Another lie..it is the democrats and Lib retard that do that so beautifully just by statements alone..they look like liars,smell like liars ,and act like liars…so they are mad dogs…and chickens with their heads cut off creating more lies and lay where they will fail in the chicken coup with nothing left to do but be de-feathered and into the boiling pot…made into chicken broth .
      .

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Are you casting spells again Catherine? That is another divisive comment, which is exactly what I expect from a republican who comes to a liberal news site. Now go eat chicken or whatever you are cooking tonight…

      • Will

        I can’t quite decipher what you wrote, my lib-retardedness getting in the way again. I get the impression you have a moderate disdain for facts and reason.

      • Scott Russell

        Apparently you are a liar, too, Catherine. From what someone else here has said you have multiple personalities, went to different colleges, and live in different states. Maybe some of your accounts are just outdated and they’re all true, though, right? Or we could just ask your friends and family! You are a poet, though — and there’s plenty of proof on this page alone!

      • Always curious

        Ah, the name calling always starts when the facts don’t support the views she holds.

      • Claregirl

        Huh?

      • Altreg01

        WMDs, the biggest LIE EVER TOLD. Obama created ISIS, another lie. Republicans love women, another LIE, Republicans, the party of god, another lie

    • Will

      Their party may not have started out that way, but it is sure shaping up to be the case! Can you imagine something like a MadMax thunder-dome for the GOP? Put them together in a room and they would probably tear each other apart.

      • kitchen bish

        I would pay to see that LOL

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      wow….you make zero sense and have no concept of what ‘conservatives’ are and have historically shown themselves to be.

      • James Edward

        Are you as devoid of reason as you sound?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        What are you babbling about?

      • James Edward

        Sorry.
        devoid: absent, lacking
        reason: common sense, an ability to think about and grasp concepts

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        again, what are you babbling about?

      • James Edward

        Your ignorance is on full display for all to see.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Are you in need of attention? Don’t worry, you are still pretty…..

      • James Edward

        I’m not the one that chose to jump up in defense of OMG’s ridiculous comment. Yours was equally lacking in factual basis. I’ll be moving on now.

  • Allahu Akbar!

    Its going to come down to Trump vs Clinton….that is if she manages to stay out of jail which is starting to seem unlikely.

  • Frank Hoffman

    One does wonder if Mr. Trump isn’t intentionally, if indirectly stumping for Hillary Clinton. Sure, he could write a big check to a progressive SuperPAC, but he likes to be in front of the camera, not behind the scenes. And playing a blowhard caricature of the GOP must be fun for him.

    Seriously, I don’t really think he’s fouling the (already fouled) Republican nest on purpose (certainly not when it’s losing him money), but there’s no question that that’s the effect he’s having. Thanks, Donald!

    • kitchen bish

      If this turns out to be true then the man deserves a great big trophy for being the greatest troll ever in the history of the world. I don’t think Trump’s that smart though.

    • BabyO

      Trump is stating the truth not just republicans but also democrats. He is an American citizen who cannot stand by and just watch USA destroyed.

  • Always curious

    I’m leaving, Cathie is giving me a headache. Circular arguments with low information and false statements tend to do that. I think she is trying to convince herself she is right and that a large majority of Americans who hold completely different ideas are wrong.

  • Claregirl

    Trump is the best thing to happen to our country in years. Showing how misogynistic, racist and ignorant he and the republican party is can only help the democrats win the presidency again. And they need to since the GOP’s traitorous obstruction of Obama’s every effort to fix the country after Dubya screwed it almost to oblivion was thwarted at every turn, there is still a lot that needs to be done.

  • Joe Schmoe

    Since when does Trump represent the Republican party? He is popular precisely because he is an outsider fighting the inbreds on both sides. Multiple polls indicate he still holds a lead over Hillary, not to mention the exhausted GOP field.