That’s the share of registered voters who have a favorable view of the Republican Party, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll taken Aug. 20-22, about a week before the party’s national convention began in Tampa.
The party had a 41 percent favorability rating at a similar point in 2008, amid an unpopular stretch of George W. Bush’s presidency and a campaign that President Barack Obama won decisively over Republican nominee John McCain.
In the past four years, the Republican party’s favorability rating rose to 48 percent from 41 percent among men, though it fell to 39 percent from 40 percent among women.
The generational gap is bigger. About 32 percent of voters 18 to 34 years old have a favorable view of the Republican party, down from 43 percent in 2008. It rose to 49 percent from 40 percent among 55-and-older voters.
The Democratic Party has a 43 percent favorability rating, down from 54 percent four years ago, Gallup data show.
The goal of the Republican convention is to formally nominate the ticket of Romney and Paul Ryan, though it also seeks to burnish the party’s image to an audience of millions watching on television or online.