A new CNN poll finds that 55 percent of voters have a negative view of the Republican Party, tied for their second-highest unfavorable score since CNN began asking this question in 1992. The Republicans also achieved a 55 percent unfavorable rating in a poll conducted in April 2009, although the party’s all-time high, 57 percent, was recorded as the House of Representatives was in the process of impeaching Bill Clinton in December, 1998.
The news for Democrats is not any better. Some 49 percent of voters now hold a negative view of the party, according to the poll. Although this figure is slightly better than for Republicans, it matches the Democrats’ record high unfavorable rating of September 2010 and is part of an upward trajectory that has persisted for the past three years.
The combined unfavorable score for both parties — 104 percent — is also a record, and represents the first time that the figure has been above 100.
If you look through 538’s twitter feed, there’s a bunch of stuff about how the GOP governors have atrocious approval ratings, based on this. GOP governers are really, really conservative now, only very weekly correlated to state ideology. As a result, they have atrocious approval ratings in moderate states.
Dem governors in McCain states average 53% approval. GOP governors in McCain states average 46%.
Finally, there’s this. 538’s related tweet:
Another wave coming? Just 30% say they’d vote to re-elect their member of Congress. Figures comparable to 1994, 2010.
Finally, an entertaining guest post on Atrios.
Looking forward to 2012, with Romney in the White House, and the House and Senate with Democratic majorities. (Being a Republican Senate incumbent in 2012 doesn’t look like much fun at the moment.)
Voters have been throwing them out since 2006. It’s really all they can do. Hasn’t worked yet.
Summary: I have no fucking idea what will happen next year.