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The GOP’s image slips several notches – even among Republicans

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump at the Georgia World Congress Center in February. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump at the Georgia World Congress Center in February. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Angry rhetoric in a tortured race to the White House has a price, and this is it. From Pew Research Center:

The Republican Party’s image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall. Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view. Unfavorable opinions of the GOP are now as high as at any point since 1992.

In October, 37% viewed the Republican Party favorably and 58% viewed it unfavorably. The decline in favorability since then has largely come among Republicans themselves: In the current survey, 68% of Republicans view their party positively, down from 79% last fall.

By contrast, public views of the Democratic Party are unchanged since October. Currently, 45% of the public has a favorable impression of the Democratic Party, while 50% have an unfavorable opinion.

The key is in that second paragraph. Even Republicans have grown more dissatisfied with the state of their party. You have to wonder if per-capita alcohol consumption at a political conventions has ever been measured. And whether Cleveland is about to shatter that record.