Poll: Fewer Republicans view own party favorably
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The percentage of those with favorable views of the Republican Party has dropped across the board since early this year, including sharply among Republicans, a Pew Research Center poll says. 
 
Fewer than a third of Americans, 32 percent, have a favorable impression of the GOP, a 9-point drop in the poll since January. Pew's survey finds that 60 percent have an unfavorable view.
 
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Positive views of the Republican Party have fallen 18 points since January among those who identify as Republican, from 86 to 68 percent. 
 
It has also fallen 8 points among Independents since then, from 37 to 29 percent. 
 
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party's ratings are closer — 48 percent favorable to 47 percent unfavorable — and Democrats' views on their party have remained steady, 86 percent favorable, during the GOP's dip.
 
Pew's latest poll was conducted early last week amid a nascent 2016 presidential race that has been dominated in the media by businessman Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE since he launched a White House bid in mid-June.
 
Trump, a Republican candidate, has enjoyed weeks of attention for his controversial comments on "rapists" and other criminals coming across the border from Mexico, fizzled business ties and intra-party jabbing. 
 
Despite the controversy, he sits atop a crowded GOP field in recent polling.
 
Pew's survey of 2,002 U.S. adults was conducted July 14-20 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 2.5 points.