Public Hates Democrats, Hates GOP Even More

But Republican backers are more likely to vote
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2010 10:05 AM CDT
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center, gestures while announcing the Republicans "Pledge to America" agenda, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at a lumber company in Sterling, Va.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – It's good news/bad news time, Democrats. Bad news: The public doesn’t much like you. In fact, a whopping 60% disapprove of the job you’re doing in the latest AP poll. Good news: They dislike Republicans even more; 68% disapprove of them, and Sarah Palin and George W. Bush are viewed significantly more negatively than President Obama. But more bad news: The people who dislike Democrats are more likely to actually vote.

Registered voters divided evenly over which party’s candidate they support, and Republicans had a slight edge among likely voters. Overall, 49% of those supporting Republicans are very interested in the November elections, compared to 39% of Democratic supporters. “People are saying, ‘We don’t like what we have, we’re going to throw them out," said one Stanford professor, "and we’re going to trust that they’re going to read the signals and do something different.”

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