Lots of chatter about today’s Gallup poll finding that the favorability rating of the GOP has plunged to 28 percent, its lowest point ever, and the lowest point ever for either party:
Self-identified Republicans are more than twice as likely to view their own party unfavorably (27%) as Democrats are to see their own party unfavorably (13%). The GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans is up eight points from September, compared with a one-point rise in Democratic Party unfavorables among Democrats. These findings may be consistent with the widely circulated narrative that the Republican Party is internally splintered on how best to handle the budgetary negotiations.
Independents, meanwhile, remain unimpressed with both parties: Thirty-two percent view the Democratic Party favorably, while 27% view the Republican Party favorably.
Given the margin of error of these polls (typically +/-2-3%) we are right where the estimable John Rogers said we’d be.
As for that last part, I don’t worry so much about how self-described “Independents” view anything. A LOT of them anymore are really Republicans who will reliably vote for the next crazy bastard their party puts up. I’m far more interested in what self-described “Moderates” say, and there has been some recent positive movement on that front. I think one of the other FPers covered that recently, but I’ll try to find something to back that up. Or not.
UPDATE: Reports of a white male shooting at the Federal Building in Wheeling, WV. Unconfirmed reports that police engaged and wounded him. UPDATE II: H/t to VDE–he’s dead.