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
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)

(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. (Read more Republican Party stories.)

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