Republicans at Record Low: Gallup Poll

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Fishing guide Captain Steve Friedman, second left, along with his family, Kristine Friedman, left, Benjamin Friedman, right, and friend Sam Kaufman participate in a floating protest asking the U.S. government to stop the shutdown and open the Everglades National Park on October 9, 2013 in Islamorada, Florida.

The budgetary standoff in Washington appears to be taking a toll on the Republican Party, with the Gallup poll reporting that the party’s favorability rating has sunk to a record low.

Just 28 percent of Americans rate Republicans favorably, the lowest level measured for Republicans or Democrats since Gallup started asking the question in 1992. The number is down 10 percentage points from September.

The Democratic Party also has a public image problem, Gallup said, although not to the same degree as Republicans. Forty-three percent of Americans rank Democrats favorably, down four percentage points from last month.

The survey was conducted Oct. 3-6, after the start of the partial government shutdown that started Oct. 1. The poll has a margin of error of four percentage points.

More than six in 10 Americans — 62 percent — now view the GOP unfavorably, a record high, Gallup said. By comparison, 49 percent view the Democratic Party unfavorably, while about a quarter of Americans see both parties unfavorably.

Self-identified Republicans are more than twice as likely to view their party unfavorably compared with Democrats, 27 percent to 13 percent. The GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans is up eight points from September, Gallup said, compared with a one-point rise in  the Democratic Party’s unfavorable rating among Democrats.

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