New Poll Finds Voters' Opinion Of Republicans Has Plummeted–And It's Jan. 6th All Over Again
Civiqs favorability poll finds The Republican Party at 26% Favorability and 64% Unfavorability, which match levels seen just after the January 6th attacks.
We're scarcely three weeks into the New Year and it's become very clear that the majority of Americans are not fans of the Republican Party.
In the days after far-right House Republicans led a rebellion designed to block their Leader Kevin McCarthy from the speakership, the online polling company Civiqs noted that the Republican Party's favorability rating plunged to just 26 percent and that its unfavorability rating spiked to 64 percent among registered voters, which is where the party's ratings remain as of January 15th.
These numbers indicate every sign that the party is in crisis and are reminiscent of the aftermath of the January 6th attacks, which is the last time the party's unfavorability rating was as high as 64%.
A graph showing the Republican Party's favorability and unfavorability over time is available below.
Another graph includes the same data but with an emphasis on net favorability.
The country's feelings toward the GOP become even clearer once you delve further into the data.
For instance, the data set below presents the party's favorability and unfavorability ratings in relation to age demographics and shows that the party's unfavorability rating is high among all age groups, particularly those between the ages of 18 and 34.
However, it also shows that the party is viewed negatively by a majority of voters aged 65 and above, a group the GOP consistently panders to and relies on for votes every two years.
And if you look even closer, you can see that according to the following two graphs, Republicans are viewed unfavorably by the majority of men as well as the majority of independents, two other groups the GOP often courts.
The line graph below shows that the GOP's drop in favorability among Republican men has been disastrous since November's midterm elections.
This group cost the GOP a 13-point hit since Election Day, from 75 percent then to 62 percent over the weekend of January 8, a sign that Republican men have been quite displeased with the party's failure to make its projected "red wave" a reality.
The GOP's favorability rating suffered a similar drop shortly after Trump lost the 2020 general election. The difference now, as noted by Daily Kos, "is that they will no longer have unified Democratic control of government to serve as a foil for their own incompetence."
And no one seems surprised.
\u201cWhen almost 3 out of 4 people think you're icky https://t.co/ApDgIItPRS\u201d— Alicia M Miller (@Alicia M Miller) 1673361481
\u201cGOP favorability rating in rapid decline as House Republicans flounder https://t.co/QWYZg79ZUK #GOPBetrayedAmerica #GOPTraitorsToDemocracy\u201d— THE BADGER! (@THE BADGER!) 1673379373
\u201cTheir rating is about to get MUCH WORSE!\u2696\ufe0f\ud83d\udc69\u200d\u2696\ufe0f\ud83d\uddfd\nRepublican Party hits highest unfavorable rating in nearly six years https://t.co/FKSW6G9fkR\u201d— Debs Kaye \ud83c\udf0a (@Debs Kaye \ud83c\udf0a) 1673341874
\u201cThey\u2019re just getting started \u2014> Republican Party hits highest unfavorable rating in nearly six years https://t.co/PY9r5q0GdW\u201d— Jim Witkins (@Jim Witkins) 1673326107
\u201cWhat a shame.\n\nThe party also notched a 65% unfavorable rating\u2014it's highest point in almost six years since the first year of Donald Trump's tenure.\n\nhttps://t.co/FbHtGv8sNz\u201d— Lafler Accof (@Lafler Accof) 1673373198
Republicans have been hemorrhaging voters for some time and older data sets from other companies show their loss is unsurprising in hindsight.
For instance, in late October 2022, mere days before the midterms, the Axios midterm dashboard showed issues such as crime, immigration, and inflation—issues that are typically favorable to Republicans—were in the bottom half of Google searches.
At the time, Axios noted that while issues like inflation, gas prices and immigration still maintained "a relatively high interest," they "have not spiked notably over the past week or so." Crime, for instance, had dropped from No. 10 to No. 11 on a list of most searched topics even though interest in crime remains relatively steady among Republicans, for whom it is a cornerstone issue.