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Poll: Republican favorability highest in 7 years, above Democrats

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  • A new poll shows that Americans now view the Republican
    party more favorably now than at any point over the last seven
    years.
  • 45% of Americans have a favorable view of the
    Republican party according to the Gallup poll, compared to 44%
    for Democrats.
  • The last time the Republicans had a higher approval
    rating than the Democrats in the Gallup poll was November
    2014.
  • The result may be a boost to Republicans in advance of
    November’s midterms. “The fact that Republicans are more likely
    to view their party favorably than a year ago can be considered
    a positive indicator for the party,” Gallup wrote.
  • President Donald Trump celebrated the poll on Twitter,
    but incorrectly cited the numbers.

The Republican party’s favorability among Americans is at it
highest point since January 2017, according to a new poll
released on Monday. 

The new
Gallup poll
shows that just less than half of Americans, 45%,
have a favorable view of the Republican party, the highest since
the party hit 47% seven years ago just after it retook Congress
during the 2010 midterm elections.

Republicans have managed a nine-point gain compared to last
September’s poll, when 36% of Americans saw them in a positive
light.

The poll also showed that Republican-leaning adults have a
more favorable impression of the party now compared to a year
ago.

Men and those living in middle-income households have also
become more likely to view the Republican Party favorably in the
past year.

The Democrats are now behind by one percentage point, at 44%.
This is a typical figure for the party — between 40% and 45%
of Americans have seen it in a positive light at any given point
since mid-2015, according to Gallup’s polls.

Most polls have indicated that
the mid-term elections will be tough for Republicans
. This
latest poll may be a positive sign for the party, according to
Gallup.

“No matter how much or how little party favorability affects
elections, the fact that Republicans are more likely to view
their party favorably than a year ago can be considered a
positive indicator for the party, particularly if a more positive
image boosts Republican turnout,” Gallup wrote.

The GOP’s record high was in January 2002, just after the 9/11
attacks. 61% of Americans then saw the party in a positive light.

The last time the Republicans had a higher approval rating than
the Democrats in the Gallup poll was November 2014, when
Republicans had a 42% favorability rating compared to 36% for
Democrats.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated the favorability
rating, but misquoted the figures. 

Republicans took back the Senate majority in the midterm
elections that year.

The midterm elections are on November 6.

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