Poll Shows GOP Is Rapidly Losing Favor With Voters – Even Republican Voters



There is something curious going on with the American people as voters, and it is difficult to determine exactly what the problem is. Oh it is true that voters, particularly Republican voters, are inherently ignorant, even stupid, but it does not entirely explain why they consistently vote against their own best self-interests. It is also true that even when conservatives are dissatisfied with their Republican representatives and candidates performance, or lack thereof, they still show up at the ballot box and re-elect them reliably. And so it is that despite a new Pew Research poll showing that Republicans have lost significant support among the population, particularly with Republican voters, it is not necessarily a good sign for Democrats and certainly not a reason to celebrate.

In what should be an obvious poll result, the Republican Party’s image has grown more negative overall during the first half of this year. Currently, only 32 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 60 percent have an unfavorable view; that is what happens after six months of raving lunacy and anti-everything extremism borne of truly obscene presidential candidate’s positions.  The favorable views of the GOP have tumbled eighteen percentage points since January.


Democrats continue holding steady, although not stellar, ratings with mixed results of 48 percent favorability as opposed to 47 percent unfavorable, but that is nothing new. Although, that slight Democratic favorability advantage narrowed slightly after Republican extremists prevailed in the 2014 midterms and took control of the entire Congress, the recent poll results reveal the gap in favor of Democrats is wider now than it has been in over two years.

It should surprise no-one, not even Republicans, that Democrats still hold wide advantages over the GOP on empathy and honesty, and are viewed as “more concerned with the needs of people like me” by 53 percent to 31 percent; they also lead Republicans “on governing in an honest and ethical way (45 percent to 29 percent). However, none of this is new and despite the extremism, complete lack of  ethics, dishonesty, and blatant disregard for the American people, Republicans remain a force that liberals, progressives, and rank-and-file Democrats continue to underestimate like they have since 2010. Perhaps it is because they are so desperate for good news that just learning that Democratic candidates are drawing large crowds, or favored by voters, convinces them that Republicans are finished as a political force. Nothing is farther from the truth despite the fact that most Americans believe that Democrats do serve the interests of the people; all the people.

On the issues that actually matter to most Americans, like the economy and jobs, Democrats hold a ‘slight’ edge over Republicans which is another reminder that Americans are not the smartest, or most observant, people on the planet. Perhaps they fail to see the monthly job or quarterly growth reports, or maybe they are only seeing that they are working longer and harder and losing economic ground to corporate profits. However, overall Democrats maintain commanding double-digit leads among Americans as the party better able and willing to serve the best interests of the people.

For example, no matter how much Republicans fear monger, campaign and work to eliminate environmental protections for their Koch masters, the poll showed that Democrats are viewed more favorably by a substantial margin of 53 percent to 27 percent in preserving a safe and clean environment. On protecting American women’s Constitutional rights to make their own personal health and reproductive decisions without evangelical men interfering, Democrats hold a 50  to 31 percent advantage. On protecting every American’s right to basic healthcare and a decent education, Democrats are viewed as  more competent than Republicans by 46 percent  to 34 percent.

The only areas that Republicans hold an advantage over Democrats is their loving embrace of  the NRA’s opposition to any sane gun safety measures and in dealing with their racist, anti-American and violent  base’s homegrown terrorists threats; likely because they hail them as heroic patriots and “real Americans” instead of calling for action, and justice, against seditionists that would mean bloodshed.

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, and unsurprisingly the whole of the Republican Party is viewed as more extreme in its positions than Democrats. After seven straight months of inability to get anything done, especially for the people, it is hardly news that the GOP as a party lost favor among its own supporters; in January a solid 86 percent of Republicans viewed the GOP very positively, but that was just before extremists seeking the Republican nomination for president came crawling out of the woodwork. The study’s current findings that positive views of the GOP among Republicans have declined 18 percentage points since January, from 86 percent to 68 percent. It is a substantial slide in popularity, but it should not send Democrats into a celebratory mood by any means, even when the GOP has lost significant levels of favor among independent voters.

Surveys and polling are not accurate predictors of the results of an election, and the 2014 midterms should be a reminder to Democrats that Republicans, no matter how unpopular, how extremist, how harmful to the people and how incompetent are more than competitive and more adept at manipulating voters than most Democrats. It is not a knock on Democrats that run as strong Democrats, they prevailed in 2014, but it is a warning to any “Republican-lite” Democrat and over-confident voters who believe Republicans are so despised, so extremist and so incompetent that they cannot emerge from any election victorious.

It is noteworthy that in the lead up to the 2014 midterms there were perpetual “good news” polls and stories showing that Republicans, particularly incumbents, were highly unpopular and badly trailing their opposition. In states such as Kansas, as a prime example, where the state was hemorrhaging revenue, suffered several credit downgrades, education, transportation and social services were cut drastically so the rich could retain tax cuts, the failed Governor Sam Brownback won re-election; this after a substantial number of Kansas Republicans endorsed his Democratic opponent. That scenario, although not as severe in some other Republican-led states, was repeated across the nation, and Republicans now control the entire Congress.

American voters, particularly those who support Republicans, are a strange breed indeed; and they are relatively stupid according to several scientific studies. On the one hand they are unhappy and do not approve of the job their GOP heroes are doing, and yet they continue voting for them over and over again. They are also very confused as evidenced in the 2014 midterm when four Republican states overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage, and then sent Republicans to Washington who want to abolish the minimum wage or at least never raise it again. Democratic voters, while more intelligent than Republicans according to peer-reviewed studies, are foolish enough to believe that just because a poll shows their hero leading, and pundits claim Republicans are struggling and running scared, their candidates do not need their vote and will cruise to a landslide victory. Remember, it was alleged that in Kentucky a fictional restaurant character, Colonel Sanders, was more popular that now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; McConnell won re-election easily.

Polls and surveys are fine, they even have some entertainment value, but they are no substitute for registering voters, volunteering for candidates’ campaigns, or dog forbid, actually showing up to vote. Of course Republicans are unpopular and losing favor with their own base; even Republican voters recognize abject failure and raging extremism. However, Republicans reliably show up to vote regardless what polls, surveys, pundits  or even their extremist candidates say. It is particularly true among the most extreme conservatives whether they are teabaggers, theocrats, gun zealots, or anti-government seditionists and it is a fact of life Democrats can hardly afford to ignore.

53 Replies to “Poll Shows GOP Is Rapidly Losing Favor With Voters – Even Republican Voters”

  1. Republicans also excel at messaging. Fox News is the communication arm of the GOP. Nothing similar exists on the left (thanks, MSNBC!). And there are far more right wing radio pundits and bloggers out there than left wing. So virtually 24 hours a day, people are hearing the GOP message of fear and doom and gloom driving the anti-intellectuals to the polls each election cycle.

  2. It’s finally getting trough, that that party needs some SERIOUS re-direction and a thorough cleaning of house. Broom sweep the crazies, re-invent their message, stop being so angry with EVERYTHING, stop wanting to kick down the sand castles, stop trying to stop progress…..etc., etc.
    Look, even the outside world thinks that the Republicans are off the wall, that’s right, their image is tarnished overseas also. Most importantly by their treatment of Obama. That brought out their deep rooted meanness, and spiteful antics. And their ANTI-Everything style is not endearing to moderates and sensible people.
    Come on, what did they expect?

    BTW, folks will tire of Trump too, sooner or later. Just watch.

  3. Polls and surveys are fine, they even have some entertainment value, but they are no substitute for registering voters, volunteering for candidates’ campaigns, or dog forbid, actually showing up to vote.

    They are also unreliable. Why? Because polls will show what the entity that paid for them want them to show.

    Most reliable public pollster so far? Public Policy Polling (PPP). But that, too, can change.

    The most reliable polling is done by the political Parties themselves, also known as internal polls.


    Because those polls are conducted in order to gauge where the candidates of those respective Parties stand with voters in order to tighten up a message or relax on an issue that’s unpopular.

  4. Maybe the American right is finally waking up to this tragedy. But here is my take on it. It’s not the right wing policies,(They have always taken the same position)even when the light turns green, as the world passes them by. The problem is the people who have voted these morons into Office. Let’s face it, there has never been so many terrible politicians as we have now. Many of our friends on the other side are absolutely clueless. These same politicians are in gerrymandered districts where they don’t have to worry much about competition or policy. All they have to do is say something stupid to appease their constituents, which falls back on the same people who voted them into Office in the first place. For our Government to work, we need our friends on the other side to stop playing silly games and govern. We may not agree, but we can and should at least compromise. Just saying.

  5. No surprise on messaging since the repub party is the business party with excellent marketing skills and skads of money.

  6. The repub party has had a 35+ year run. Ask a RWNJ if they thought it would last forever? We all know that the left leaners will vote in 2016, but it’s the other years that do us in. What must we do to get them to understand how the government works?

  7. left leaners will vote in 2016, but it’s the other years that do us in. What must we do to get them to understand how the government works?

    Fear. Just like the Republicans, Kochs, and GOP use to get their people to vote: FEAR.

    The DNC and Democratic politicians are loathed to use that strategy, believing that everyone on the left side of the center are smart enough to do the right thing.

    Well, as 2010 and 2014 have shown us, that isn’t the case at all.

    You want the majority of Americans not of the GOP-ilk to come out and vote? Terrify them.

    …the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. ~ Hermann Göring, 04/18/1946

    Use FEAR.

  8. Listen …we know that Republicans are denser than lead, but most Democrats are gullible that ‘believe in America’ and have faith in the system.

    THIS, after having been proven by many independent sources that the 2000 election was rigged and stolen. Harder to prove, but 2004 was, too.
    Most places, Republicans can’t win unless they cheat. They know this, too, so they do it EVERYWHERE…states and local. Kansas, Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan and plenty other places where Democrats do not dominate enough …elections are crooked shams. Totally no oversight, with the foxes guarding the concentration camp henhouses; and a co-opted or invisible media.

    Sucker Republicans unfortunately have no brains to be washed, or changed.
    But Democrats are oblivious that the Killer Elite in control of the Republican Machine will be fair and honest brokers, instead of professional criminals and enemies of us all.

  9. As a right winger telling you this, they are losing the support of their own base.

    Their own people are saying they hate their own party because of what they’ve tried to do to Trump, how they’ve tried to serve us what candidates to nominate that we don’t want nominated, after we elected them and they did NOTHING but deliver for democrats ON EVERYTHING. They caved on the key stone, Obamacare, they funded Obamacare, DHS funding of his executive amnesty they funded that, they made a giant omnibus spending bill and that doc bill when they said they were going to control spending, they failed to stop planned parenthood, McConnell just said not too long ago that he thinks Obama’s terrible trade deal is going to go be a success, they refuse to even try to secure the border, they tried to push TPP on us when we told them NO, they gave Obama additional power on the deal with Iran for some reason.

    I miss anything? They’re RINOs. They lied to get elected, and their own base hates them fo…

  10. …if Gold is denser than lead, it explains much…ain’t the Goppies the ones who want the Gold Standard returned???

  11. I agree with you. We don’t even have to lie, like the repukes, just lay it on the line. Being so very delicate and ladylike has cost the left a lot of elections. If the dirtiness of politics is too much for someone, then get out and do something else. I have no interest in getting into politics, but if I did, I would be just as mean and ornery as my opponents. It’s no place for the faint of heart.

  12. Great, personal insults, nothing of substance. So it’s insane to be opposed to the Iran nuke deal that is so stupid and bad that Iran when it comes to inspections is supposed to inspect itself? Or how about the keystone pipeline that would lower costs, had no significant impact on the environment, and that Buffett opposed because a pipe would replace his railway cars that deliver the fossil fuels so his money was at stake and that’s why democrats killed the deal, or is it insane to oppose out of control spending, and more. What exactly is insane to you fools?

  13. Independent voters will elect the next President. Eliminate the 2 party system and we might save democracy. Register INDEPENDENT!

  14. The main reason the Republican party, and the democrats are actually losing favorability too if you look at the poll, is becoming unfavorable is because their own base hates how they lied to get elected and have delivered for just about everything the democrats won. Can anyone name one thing the Republican base has gotten their way on yet? Just one thing? I can’t name one thing that the democrats haven’t won and we haven’t been lied to about and lost because the Republicans helped them. When we take back the party from the RINOs the favorable rating will go back to normal. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have to go first though or that’ll never happen.

  15. I guess it depends on how you define “rapidly.” White voters have been voting Republican for nearly 50 years. I don’t call that “rapid,” but a snails pace.

    No matter what the GOP do. white Republicans will still vote for them. And ignorance isn’t a one way street. Democrats can be just as ignorant

  16. I miss anything? They’re RINOs. They lied to get elected, and their own base hates them fo…

    Their base just hates. Period. No rhyme or reason to. They just hate. They’re hateful, vindictive, petty, selfish and xenophobic sore-losers.

    Edit to add: But they’re good pups. They always do as they’re told, whether that’s good for the country or not.

    Prove me wrong, and do it with links to back it up. Tell me, what have they ever done to improve on the lives of their fellow Americans, regardless of skin color?

  17. Scientific studies have shown that conservative voters actually have physically different brain structures than liberals. When measured, conservatives possess larger amygdala structures, which is the fear center in the brain. Liberals tend to have larger cerebral cortexes, which is the brain’s area for higher thinking.

    That translates into one thing: using fear on conservatives works. Every single day, their fear is magnified way out of proportion by the mainstream media, especially Fox News which plays directly to their fear. Then the Republican party comes and says “The world is big and scary and lots of people are coming to kill you, and only we are strong enough to defend you”. Unfortunately, this raw manipulation of fear works to win elections and people vote for them against their own best wishes.

    More on this:


  18. You need to get educated about the truth of Keystone XL and stop listening to right wing propaganda. The fact is that Keystone will not lower costs ONE IOTA in this country. Why? Because it is designed to transport raw bitumen from Alberta to Texas, where it is processed, put on ships, and sold on the world market. Keystone is NOT designed to benefit American oil supplies in any way.

    Also, Keystone goes DIRECTLY through the Ogalla, one of the LARGEST shallow freshwater aquifers in the world. And if you knew anything about oil pipelines, you’d know that they leak all the time and the potential for spillage is HUGE. Just look at existing pipelines all over this continent. No pipeline is 100% safe.

    In terms of jobs, there will be only a few thousand temporary construction jobs, after which the only jobs available will be inspection and repair. Nowhere near the 30,000 promised by TCPL.


  19. Been hearing this unfavorable stuff for the past 3 election cycles and guess who has controlled congress for all 3 of those cycles. Yes you guessed it, the unfavorable Republicans. I will believe it when the Democrats gain control of the house.

  20. Speaking of Congress: Frank Luntz told Republicans not to do anything our president proposes. Their evil endeavor is coming back to haunt them. Their goal was/is sabotage the economy. Not funding this or trying to unfund that, ignore the people’s needs. Cut, cut, cut. The federal government’s $ flow into the public sector, actually keeps the economy ticking. Cut food benefits, less money to grocery stores, less economic activity. They want to do away with SS, some small towns would dissolve without Seniors and retired/disabled spending money in these towns & cities. Won’t get into the stock market fiasco. Yes, If you’re affiliated with Republican beliefs, mental issues rule. Just look at the stock market, you can’t just go on recess and do nothing. Still, these basket cases in congress, are carbon copies of the basket cases that voted for them.

  21. Basically, you have proven a point about right- wing voters: they will dogheartedly adhere to any politician, no matter how inimical to their own interests, well-being, or human dignity, so long as he carries out his promises to hurt those icky “others”. And you will never catch on that to him, you, too, are an “other”.

  22. …my message to the Goppies is, as we said in the Fleet…{Whaa-“F”ing-whaa…do ya want the key to the crying towel locker and a chit to see the Chaplain???}

  23. You want us to name one thing that the Republican base has gotten their way on…seriously? Well, let’s start with the IRAQ WAR…you are one freaking moron!!!

  24. How many times must the rebrand themselves, they’re like camillians.

    The Insecure American
    “I am not, or not only, talking about right-wing contempt for the poor, although the dominance of compassionless conservatism is a sight to behold. According to the Pew Research Center, more than three-quarters of conservatives believe that the poor “have it easy” thanks to government benefits; only 1 in 7 believe that the poor “have hard lives.” And this attitude translates into policy. What we learn from the refusal of Republican-controlled states to expand Medicaid, even though the federal government would foot the bill, is that punishing the poor has become a goal in itself, one worth pursuing even if it hurts rather than helps state budgets.”

  25. out of control spending:
    Obama Deficits
    FY 2016*: $474 bln
    FY 2015*: $583 bln
    FY 2014: $483 bln
    FY 2013: $680 bln
    FY 2012: $1,087 bln
    FY 2011: $1,300 bln
    FY 2010: $1,294 bln

    Bush Deficits
    FY 2009†: $1,413 bln
    FY 2008: $458 bln
    FY 2007: $161 bln
    FY 2006: $248 bln
    FY 2005: $318 bln

    US Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to Cost $6 trillion

    The Iran Nuclear Deal – A Simple Guide

    6 Things You Should Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal

  26. You’re another rightwinger who doesn’t have a clue.

    We lost 8.4 million jobs
    In 2008 and 2009, the U.S. labor market lost 8.4 million jobs, or 6.1% of all payroll employment. This was the most dramatic employment contraction (by far) of any recession since the Great Depression. – See more at: http://stateofworkingamerica.org/great-recession/#sthash.yLabseMq.dpuf

    How much did the financial crisis cost us? $12.8 trillion, one group says

    XL jobs:
    politifact calls the # of jobs FALSE

    Exposed: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Export Energy Security Overseas

  27. RightwingerHere, I can think of a few things your Republican friends have won: Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, plus passing law after law in numerous states that restrict a woman’s access to reproductive services, curtailing voters rights by toughening voter I.D.
    laws to counteract an almost nonexistent voter fraud problem and let’s not forget blocking all common sense gun control regulations. So, chin up. Your buddies have been quite successful in pushing their questionable agenda.

  28. I agree. Unfortunately, Democrats STILL won’t stand up to Republicans , even in the face of GOP lies, propaganda, and cheating, all in an effort to be “fair.” I used to have a friend who would say over and over “I may not agree with Rush Limbaugh, but I will fight to the death for his right to voice his opinion!” This struck me as idiotic. My friend called himself a lifelong liberal Democrat, so why “fight to the death” for Rush’s “right” to spread hate and right wing lies? My friend was so “noble and fair minded” that he actually cheers on the destruction of America by these right wing extremists because he’s such a devout believer in first amendment rights. It’s suicidal.

  29. What gives you the right to call Republicans..”particularly Republican voters, are inherently ignorant, even stupid,”, you ignorant Democratic SOB?

  30. Poll all you goddamn want, the truth of the matter is that voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest in 70 years.

    If people don’t show up, you already lost.

  31. Fear IS the great motivator. But remember the Paul Ryan medicare commercial throwing grandma off the cliff? The media came to his defence and dampened the message with “all siderism”. Just remember who owns the media, and what their prime directive is. I swear, Joe Scar will dillengently do his job, and his flacks will preach to the billionaire gospel and muddy the waters.

    As a liberal, I see it’s always an uphill battle to get even the smallest change enacted. I get used to heartbreak. And yes, the deck is stacked.

  32. 32% equals to total number of hard core followers of whatever their party leaders say…

    The anti-government party are elected by their own party to make government fail against their own interest… and the rhetoric of their presidential candidate IS SATANIC… yet their followers take them as gospel truth and keep them in political power till death do us part AND VOTE?!?

    Believe as thou shall be saved from the liberals social programs; education, health and financial well being that work so well for all American Electorates.

    How can we be so stupid not to vote?!?

  33. Come on now. We can be civil. These fear brained Republicans are at a disadvantage, mentally, as supported by CyberMindGrrl’s evidence. Don’t dis their amygdala’s. Attacking them won’t convince them it’s OK to abandon the dark side.
    You probably can’t talk sense into the fearful, no matter how hard you try. They are not physically capable of reason in a hyperterrified state. The GOP has them convinced the government and minorities will take their guns, homes, land, women, children, and religion. How do you compete with that?

  34. Come on now. Being disrespectful to the disadvantaged will get you nowhere. The Republicans can’t help they are mentally paralyzed by GOP fear mongering. Their amygdalas are convinced that the governement will storm in to take their guns, munitions, money, homes, land, women, children and religion. You cannot reason with people in a hyperterrified state. Persuading them from the dark side is nearly impossible. You either have a a larger cerebrum, or you don’t.

  35. The biggest problem in politics starting with the 2010 midterms is the sad fact that the VOTING majority of the GOP, the Progressives and Moderates, have stayed home in “protest” of their party since then.
    Now, if those same people showed the same courage and wisdom their 1930-1966 forebears did in the first Republican Progressive and Moderate Revolution by launching a second one next year, things will get better.
    There’s no escaping the sad fact that your party’s politicians cannot be “rehabilitated”. All you can do with them is the same thing you do with rotten pieces of fruit: throw ’em out.

  36. Good article, although I don’t like the part where you call Americans stupid, it sounds patronizing and elitist.

  37. You got your wars, government shutdown that weakened the economy. You right wingers just want it all your way.

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