Trump touts poll showing Republican Party favorability highest in 7 years


President Trump early Tuesday touted a Gallup poll showing more Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party.

“Republican Party Favorability is the highest it has been in 7 years – 3 points higher than Democrats! Gallup,” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

{mosads}Gallup’s poll, however, showed 45 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the GOP, compared to 44 percent who have a favorable view of the Democratic Party, a difference of only 1 percentage point. The results mark a swing from previous polls in which Democrats had higher favorability ratings.

The Republican Party’s favorability has risen 9 points since a similar poll last September. It is the GOP’s highest approval rating in the poll since January of 2011, when 47 percent of Americans said they had a favorable view of it. That 2011 poll was conducted months after midterm elections in which the GOP swept back to power in the House.

Gallup also noted that the last time the GOP had a higher approval rating than Democrats was November 2014, the year in which Republicans took back the Senate majority in the midterm elections.

“No matter how much or how little party favorability affects elections, the fact that Republicans are more likely to view their party favorably than a year ago can be considered a positive indicator for the party, particularly if a more positive image boosts Republican turnout,” Gallup wrote.

The latest survey comes just weeks ahead of the midterm elections. Democrats hold a roughly 7-point lead over Republicans on a generic congressional ballot, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polling.

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