House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls on Republicans who hold the majority in Congress to return to Washington from recess to deal with urgent and unresolved issues like the Zika virus, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PEW: American Don’t Like Democrats

You’re probably well aware of the Republican Party’s unfavorable view among voters, and the “GOP Civil War” that has been taking place since the 2016 primary season. The media has gone to great lengths to make sure you realize that not all Americans love Donald Trump. The talking heads really seem to think Republicans are in trouble, and Democrats are poised to capitalize. They’ve given millions in free coverage hyping a 29 year old carpetbagger in Georgia, trying to convince us that he will somehow pull off an upset in a race where the Democrat is polling even with the poor guy that Tom Price demolished in 2016.

Unfortunately for Democrats, numbers don’t lie. According to a poll released by Pew Research, a majority of Americans now view the Democratic Party unfavorably.

About half (51%) of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Democratic Party, while 45% have a favorable view. In January, slightly more had a favorable than unfavorable view (51% favorable to 45% unfavorable).

The drop after election day is largely due to Democrats that are upset with the party. Interestingly enough though, the drop has happened months after the election.

Seven-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (70%) now express a favorable view of the Democratic Party. However, these ratings of the party among its backers are now lower than at any point since December 2014, after the Democrats’ midterm election loss.  As recently as January, 82% of Democrats and leaners held a positive view of the Democratic Party, and fully 87% did so in October.

You would expect this type of favorability drop after the revelations that Democrats rigged the primary to favor Hillary, or even after Hillary failed to beat Donald Trump. However, the Democratic Party has slipped underwater during Trump’s administration. This suggests the Democrats’ handling of Trump and their actions in Congress has caused the drop.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Elizabeth Warren’s pointless theatrics in the Senate, and it seems that the drop in favorability coincides with her nonsense. It would appear that the American people–Democrats included–expect Chuck Schumer and his band of misfit toys to actually work with the President.

Meanwhile, the party faithful are upset with new chairman Tom Perez and frustrated by the party’s inability to win Kansas’ special election. In fact, Perez was recently booed on his “unity tour” (video below), and Jon Ossoff is running as far away from the Democratic Party as possible in Georgia’s special election, campaigning on budget cuts and reducing government waste. As long as Democrats continue on this path, Republicans have little to worry about.


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Sam Thomas

Sam is a youth minister, writer, political activist, and an avid fly fisherman. He coaches debate at Clark Atlanta University where he was named the 2016-17 Georgia Parliamentary Debate Coach of the Year.

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