Republicans Make Huge Gains In Public Approval Ratings, Media Hardest Hit
Gallup reported some really bad news for Democrats today…
Americans’ views of the Democratic and Republican parties are now similar, mainly because of their more positive ratings of the GOP. Since bottoming out at 28% last fall during the government shutdown, Americans’ opinions of the Republican Party have grown more positive and are nearly back to pre-shutdown levels. Over the same time period, ratings of the Democratic Party have generally held steady.
William Jacobson calls this a good sign for November…
Of course, the media is doing everything it can to downplay the significance of this.
Noah Rothman of Hot Air writes…
This is nothing but good news for Republicans and nothing but bad news for Democrats. So, how did the mainstream press report this shocking development?
“Democrats, Republicans Equally Unpopular,” read a US News and World Report headline.
“Republicans and Democrats are now in the same rocky boat. The GOP has caught up with its opposition in favorability ratings, but neither side has much to brag about,” Kenneth Walsh wrote. “The latest Gallup poll, released Thursday, finds that neither major party is very popular, but they are now roughly at parity after a lengthy period in which polls showed a considerable Democratic advantage.”
So, the collapse of the Democratic brand and the rebirth of the GOP’s is bad news for everyone? Sure thing.
What about Politico? “Dems, GOP in unfavorability tie,” their headline read.
“Americans have had a net negative view of both parties for much of the past four years,” their dispatch read. “Despite their party’s slightly worse rating, the survey is perhaps better news for Republicans, who have largely rebounded from the their [sic] public relations disaster during the October 2013 government shutdown.”
Of course. If there’s one thing the age of Obama has proved definitively, it’s that our supposed watchdog media is actively rooting for one team while trying to thwart the other.