Bloomberg by the Numbers: 33

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Republican merchandise is set up for sale at the Tampa Bay Times Forum prior to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Florida on Aug. 25, 2012.

That’s the percentage of Americans who have a favorable view of the Republican Party, according to the Pew Research Center.

The party’s favorable rating fell from 36 percent last month and from 42 percent in mid-September, after the Republican National Convention that nominated Mitt Romney for president.

“Much of this decline has come among Republicans themselves,” Pew said in a written analysis, noting that favorable opinion of Republicans fell to 69 percent from 89 percent last September among its own members.

Republicans are trying to improve their public image after Romney’s loss to President Barack Obama in November, when Republicans also lost ground in the House and Senate.

Republicans are pushing Obama to accept spending cuts in exchange for raising the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. Republicans are considering the “possible virtue” of a short-term extension, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said yesterday in Williamsburg, Virginia, where Republicans are holding a policy retreat.

Obama has a 59 percent favorable rating and a 52 percent job approval rating, according to the poll. The Democratic Party has a favorable rating of 47 percent.

The Pew survey was conducted Jan. 9-13 of 1,502 adults.

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