GOP Support Hits 20-Year Low

But support for McCain remains strong
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 3:54 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton's standing among voters has improved marginally but she remains neck and neck with Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Voters are poised to embrace John McCain on a personal level even though their regard for the Republican Party has plummeted to an all-time low, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. Only 27% of the electorate have positive views of the GOP—the lowest level in the poll's 20-year history. Yet voters nevertheless identify with McCain's "background and set of values" 54% to 35%.

His support positions him in a virtual dead heat with the Democratic candidates, Democrats, meanwhile, remain evenly divided over Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the poll finds. But some 30% of Clinton voters won't vote for Obama and 22% of Obama supporters won't vote for Clinton if their rival wins the Democratic nomination, according to the poll.