Both the Republican and Democratic parties have seen their image among Americans take a hit in the past few months, according to the results of a new Pew Research Center survey.
The poll found that 57 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party, while 40 percent hold a favorable view.
Americans were more evenly divided in their views of the GOP in January, when the party was viewed 49 percent unfavorably and 47 percent favorably.
The decline in the Republican Party's favorability rating is partly due to a notable drop in the percentage of Democrats and Democratic leaners that view the GOP favorably.
The image of the Democratic Party has also worsened in recent months, as the party is now viewed 51 percent unfavorably and 45 percent favorably.
The results reflect a reversal from January, when 51 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the Democratic Party and 45 percent had an unfavorable view.
Seventy percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents have a favorable view of the party, but that is down from 82 percent in January and is the lowest since December of 2014.
The poll also examined which party Americans think does a better job dealing with certain issues, with Republicans holding their traditional advantage on terrorism.
Republicans were also seen doing a better job on gun policy, while the two parties were about even on their handling of the economy, trade, and taxes.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party made sharp gains on several issues, including foreign policy and immigration.
The Democratic Party also holds significant advantages on dealing with the environment, abortion, healthcare, and education.
The Pew survey of 1,501 adults was conducted April 5th through 11th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
by RTT Staff Writer
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