Despite all the glamour of their party’s ongoing hunt for a presidential candidate, more and more Republicans are unhappy with the GOP, according to a new study by Pew Research Center that was released this month. And they’re not just unhappy. They’re pissed. And growing in pissiness quite quickly.
In a January 2015 survey, Republicans’ views of the GOP were 86-percent favorable, 12-percent unfavorable and two-percent undecided. Those numbers changed significantly in just six months, though, and among GOP-leaning independent voters, too.
That’s right; more than one out of every four self-identified Republicans – a growth of 125 percent in just six months – don’t like their own party.
This doesn’t mean these Republicans and Republican-leaners are necessarily switching sides, though. Positive reception of the Democratic Party from GOP voters only grew by two percent to a meager 11 in this last six months, and was unchanged among Republican leaners (38). Each group’s dissatisfaction with both parties shot up dramatically, too.
Democrats, however, have remained steady in positive opinion of their own party, although Democratic-leaning independents slipped slightly.
That slight dip in favorability from Democratic leaners isn’t much to worry about, though, Pew Research Center concludes, especially in comparison to the significant drop in positive reception of the GOP by its independent supporters.
Republican leaners […] in recent years have consistently expressed more negative views of the GOP than Democratic leaners have of the Democratic Party.
Still, this mutual drop from each party’s independent supporters could be the reason why fresh faces are gaining in both the Republican and Democratic Party’s hunt for presidential candidates. Says Pew’s Samantha Smith:
The rise of ‘outsider’ presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has focused attention on the level of political frustration in the United States.
Trump holds a notable lead (11.3 percent) within the large slate of Republican candidates for president. Sanders still remains behind Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, but moved from 5.9 percent support to 25 since the April announcement of his campaign.
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