Forty-five percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party — its most positive image since January 2011, shortly after the red wave election that gave the party control of the House, a new poll found.
In the Gallup survey released Monday, the GOP’s September rating was a 9-point gain from the same month least year, when it registered 36 percent favorability.
The Democratic Party notched a 44 percent favorability, the poll found.
The 45 percent figure is a high-water mark for the GOP since January 2011, when 47 percent said they viewed the GOP favorably in the wake of a midterm election that swept the GOP into power in the House.
"No matter how much or how little party favorability affects elections, the fact that Republicans are more likely to view their party favorably than a year ago can be considered a positive indicator for the party, particularly if a more positive image boosts Republican turnout" in the November midterm elections, Gallup’s Jim Norman wrote.
Gallup noted the GOP favorability rating for the last decade has averaged 39 percent while the Democrats have averaged 44 percent.
According to Gallup, there was only one other time in the last decade that the GOP notched a significantly higher score than the Democratic Party. In November 2014 — when Republicans captured control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House, 42 percent rated Republicans favorably compared with the Democratic Party favorability of 36 percent.
The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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