Both the Democrat and Republican parties are sinking to new lows of public approval, according to a new public opinion poll published by CNN.
The poll, conducted by SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), reveals a dismal prognosis for both parties going forward. The Republican Party maintains only a 30% approval rating among those surveyed. About 60% of those surveyed hold a negative view of the party.
Republican Party isn’t doing any better [than the Democrats], with just 30% of Americans holding a favorable view. That’s essentially the same as September, when the rating hit its lowest point in polling back to 1992, but down from 42% in March. A broad 6 in 10, 61%, have an unfavorable opinion.
The Democrats are not doing so well, either. Only 37% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Democrats, down from 44% in March of this year, and down from the same rate in November of 2016. 54% of those surveyed hold a negative view of the Democrat Party.
The rating includes low favorable ratings from some core Democratic groups, including nonwhites (48%) and people under 35 years old (33%). The numbers come amid recent feuds and divisions in the Democratic Party, as former interim chair Donna Brazile’s new book has unveiled new questions about infighting during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Additionally, 42% of independents say that they hold negative views of both of the major parties, with only 8% having a positive view.
Currently, 51% of those surveyed believe that Republican control of Congress is bad for the nation. That’s the lowest it’s been since the Democrats had control of both chambers between 2007 and 2010.
Nonetheless, in spite of the low approval ratings for both parties, they have each made progress in different times over the past several years. The Republican Party has the most governorships and state legislatures, and has even gained some former Democratic strongholds in Kentucky and West Virginia.
However, despite those setbacks, and the ultimate victory of Donald Trump in the presidential election last November, the Democrats are ready to strike back, and with an unseen vengeance. The state elections in Virginia are evidence of what we will be up against in the 2018 midterms and the 2020 Presidential election.
Turns out, Northam won it, by a large margin.
That’s far wider than the margin by which Ken Cuccinelli lost to Terry McAuliffe in 2013. But to make matters worse, the Democrats swept a huge number of seats in the House of Delegates as well.
Whereas the House was supermajority Republican going into the election, the next session will have a 50/50 split between Republicans and Democrats. And that number may even change as some races will likely be recounted.
It’s a shocking loss for the state party, and for the Republican Party at large.
The Senate is currently split between 21 Republican Senators and 19 Democrat Senators, so every vote is crucial. However, with the next Lieutenant Governor also being a Democrat, any tie in the Senate is effectively guaranteed to be broken by a vote to the Left.
Seeing the results pour in last night was simply devastating for Virginia conservatives. We all knew that the governor’s race would be tight, but no one expected the House of Delegates to be in play as much as it was.
Going into the next election cycle, in spite of terrible numbers for Democrat approval ratings, they have anti-Trump fury driving their voters to the polls. The time to prep for the next wave of elections is now.