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Positive views of Republican Party slide since November: poll

The Republican Party’s image among American voters has ticked downward since the November elections, according to a new poll. 

Thirty-seven percent of respondents in the Gallup survey said they now have a favorable view of the party, down from 43 percent in November. Positive views for the Democrats Party, meanwhile, rose to 48 percent during the same time period, an uptick from 45 percent in November. 

The GOP’s decline has mainly been caused by its own members, the poll found. Just 78 percent of voters who identified as Republicans now say they view the party in a positive light, compared to 90 percent in November. 

The last time the Republican Party’s favorability rating dipped below 40 percent was in January 2019 during a government shutdown amid gridlock in Congress over a government spending bill and funding for former President Trump’s requested border wall. The lowest Gallup has ever tracked the GOP’s approval rating was when it fell to 23 percent in the fall of 2013 after a similar shutdown over congressional debate of the Affordable Care Act during former President Obama’s tenure. 

The November elections handed Democrats the White House and a slim majority in the Senate, while they maintained control of the U.S. House. 

Republicans in both chambers have been divided over whether to embrace Trump’s unproven claims of an election “stolen” from him and how much influence he should have over the party moving forward. 

Following a riot by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 10 House Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump on one article of inciting insurrection against the government. 

During the first day of his trial in the Senate on Tuesday, six Republican senators voted with Democrats in the upper chamber, saying they believe an impeachment trial of a former president is constitutional. 

The Gallup poll was conducted Jan. 21 through Feb. 2 with a margin of error of 4 percentage points. 

Updated at 7:52 a.m.

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