Thursday, June 11, 2009
GOP Falls Into Disfavor Among - Of All People - Republicans
RNC Chair Michael Steele has a tough road ahead
As polarizing as partisan politics are in the United States, of course Democrats are going to look with disfavor toward Republicans. And the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States shows that a significant number of independents also favor the Democratic party.
But a new Gallup poll has got to be disheartening to Republican leaders who are trying to reshape and reconstitute the GOP now that they've had time to lick their post-presidential election wounds.
The Gallup poll finds that four-out-of 10 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have an unfavorable opinion of their own party.
Now, of course every political party has members who feel disgruntled and disenfranchised. But compare that to the poll's findings that only 7 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents have an unfavorable opinion of that party.
Which means that the task of rebuilding the Republican party may be a more daunting one than the leadership had first expected.