On any given night, The Rachel Maddow Show has to annoy Republicans to no end, but Thursday night’s opening segment had to leave them pulling hair out of their head. After discussing how much Ted Cruz is despised by his fellow Republicans (John Boehner referred to him as a “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch”), Maddow got to the meat and bones of the segment:
There’s something going on in politics that Democrats will be very happy to hear and that will likely be very concerning to Republicans. And it’s a very specific thing: It’s these new numbers that are just out today from the Pew Research Center and you can tell the basic story from the headline there, the bottom line result that should give Republicans a little shpilkes. Bottom line result of this big national poll is that that Republican Party is more unpopular in the country than it has been in two decades.
And it’s not just that they’re unpopular or that people like the Democratic Party more, it’s who hates them and by how much that should have Republicans sweating.
Among most demographic groups, more have a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party than the Republican Party. While women are more likely than men to view the Democratic Party favorably (49% vs. 42%), only about a third of women (32%) and men (33%) have a favorable impression of the Republican Party.
As in the past, most blacks (79%) view the Democratic Party favorably, while an identical share of blacks has a negative opinion of the Republican Party. Among Hispanics, 56% have a positive view of the Democratic Party; 61% of Hispanics have an unfavorable opinion of the GOP.
In fact, the ONLY group that favors Republicans over Democrats is….whites with less education. I know, I was just as shocked as you. Who could have predicted? Meanwhile, as Republicans grow steadily less popular, Democrats are right about the same place they’ve been for the past 6 years.
Clearly, the rumors of the how much “everyone” hates the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated. They may not be above water in terms of popularity but they’re not doing too bad considering the supposed “anti-establishment” mood of the country that only seems to be really aimed at the Republican establishment. If you need a clearer picture of what’s going on. Here’s the numbers from PRC:
If Republicans continue on this trajectory (and they will), they will have cemented their reputation with Latinos and Millennials in much the same way they cemented their reputation with the black community. Turning the two fastest growing demographics permanently against you is a fantastic plan if your goal is to commit long-term electoral suicide.
Here’s Rachel Maddow lamenting (but not really) how screwed the GOP is:
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