Things have gotten really bad for the “party of the people.”
The Democratic Party, which historically has enjoyed relatively good favorability ratings with the public, is now less popular than in the last 25 years.
A recent poll shows that when asked how they feel about Democrats, only 37 percent had a positive view of them. The party’s “unfavorable” rating is 54 percent.
That’s the worst ratings for the party in 25 years and a stark contrast to nine years ago, when Barack Obama had just won the 2008 election and 60 percent of Americans felt good about the Democrats.
This bottoming out of Democrats comes as former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile exposed the corrupt practices of the DNC and their relationship with Hillary Clinton. Drowning in debt, the party agreed to let Clinton’s campaign essentially take over operations during the 2016 campaign, shutting out Bernie Sanders.
Brazile blamed her predecessor at the DNC, Rep. Debboe Wasserman Schultz and President Obama for ceding control of the party to Clinton’s presidential campaign almost one full year before Clinton even secured the nomination.
“If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead,” Brazile wrote. “This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.”
You’d have to go all the way back to 1992 to find the same negative sentiment with the public.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the Republicans are more popular. The party has almost always been less popular with the public – but that didn’t keep them from winning elections.
That same poll shows that 30 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Republican party while twice that – 61 percent – have a negative view.
But that number hasn’t taken the same downturn as the Democrats. The Republicans were even more unpopular in September. The last time 60 percent of Americans felt good about the GOP establishment was right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
There are plenty of hypothetical questions in the poll as well. Of course, few of them pan out on election day.
When asked if they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports President Trump or opposes him, only 35 percent of Americans said they would support the Trump-backer. That’s down from springtime, when 51 percent would support the Trump-endorsed candidate.
But there’s more bad news for Democrats: Back in September, 44 percent of Democrats said they were “extremely” or “very enthusiastic” about voting next year. In the latest poll, that number drops to 37 percent.
The poll had a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points. There were 32 percent Democrats, 24 percent Republicans and 44 percent independents in the poll.
That means the poll is weighted heavily toward Independents and slightly toward Democrats. In the latest polling, 45 percent of Americans identified as Democrats and 38 percent identified as Republicans.
What do you think? Do these polls indicate the collapse of the Democratic Party? Or are both parties in deep trouble? Sound off below!
H/T: The Daily Caller