GOP Popularity Hits All-Time Low: Poll

Plus, 60% of public would throw out all of Congress if it could

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 11, 2013 8:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – America is sick of the Republican Party, a new poll suggests. Just 24% of the public has a positive view of the GOP in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey. That's the lowest in the history of the poll, which dates back to 1989. The Tea Party movement is even worse off at 21%. By contrast, 39% view Democrats favorably, about as many as view them unfavorably. The government shutdown just might be playing a role here—the GOP is taking more blame for it than President Obama by a 22-point margin (53% to 31%).

At this point, 47% said they'd like to see Democrats take control of the House in 2014, compared to 39% for Republicans—a 5-point improvement for Democrats over last month. Of course, as the Hill points out, what the public really wants is a clean slate; 60% said they would replace every single member of Congress if they could.

Workers put the final touches on the stand for a Texas flag colored elephant statue during the set up before the start of the Texas Republican Convention in this  June 6, 2012 file photo.
Workers put the final touches on the stand for a Texas flag colored elephant statue during the set up before the start of the Texas Republican Convention in this June 6, 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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