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Republican Party Approval Hits All-Time Lows

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The Gallup polling organization released new survey results this week about how the government shutdown is affecting American opinions. And while it’s bad for both parties, it’s worse for Republicans.

Some of the major points:

  • Those holding a favorable opinion of the Republican Party dropped ten points over the last month from 38% to 28%. Gallup notes this is the lowest favorable rating for either party since 1992, when the question was first tracked. Favorable opinion of Democrats is higher and dropped less- from 47% to 43%.
  • Those with an unfavorable opinion of the GOP rose sharply to 62%, while 49% have an unfavorable opinion of Dems, a slight decrease. About a quarter of Americans have unfavorable views of both parties.
  • Self-identified Republicans are more than twice as likely than self-identified Democrats to disapprove of their own party, 27% to 13%, respectively.

This last statistic could be a sign that the government shutdown is more than an issue of partisanship, but in fact reflective of a civil war in the Republican Party. Libertarians and Tea Partiers are furious with the inability to repeal Obamacare and cut spending, and with House Speaker John Boehner‘s occasional willingness to find some sort of solution; and moderate Republicans are embarrassed by the minority of extremists who have exerted such influence on the party.

Boehner and other House Republicans, like budget chairman Paul Ryan and majority leader Eric Cantor, finally met with President Barack Obama at the White House last night for preliminary negotiations. While no deal was made, the talks reportedly led to “progress” and continued negotiations.

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