Republicans view their own party less favorably after the Capitol riot, according to poll

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Members of Virginia National Guard walk by the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • The Republican Party's image has declined for a majority of Americans, according to a new poll.

  • Gallup revealed that most of the dip comes from Republicans themselves.

  • In November, 90% of GOP-identifiers viewed the party favorably. Now, the number is down to 78%.

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The Republican Party's image is declining nationally, particularly stemming from Republicans themselves, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Only 37% of Americans said they view the GOP favorably in a Gallup survey conducted from January 21 to February 2. That's a 6-percentage point dip from November, when 43% of Americans said they had a positive opinion of the party.

The drop mainly comes from GOP-identifying respondents, according to Gallup. In November, 90% of Republicans said they had a favorable view of the party. Now, 78% said the same - a 12-percentage point decrease. Democratic and Independent respondents' views remained virtually unchanged in both polls.

The new data tracks with recent reports that thousands of Republicans around the country are quitting the party. A New York Times analysis of voting records published Wednesday showed that around 140,000 Republicans in 25 states left the party in January.

The Republican Party's plummeting reputation comes amid a reckoning within the GOP, in light of former President Donald Trump's 2020 loss and subsequently, his supporters violently storming the US Capitol complex on January 6 to halt the election certification process. In the aftermath, many prominent Republicans have distanced themselves from Trump, with some even speaking out against him. The former president faces an ongoing impeachment trial, after the House, including 10 Republicans, charged him with "incitement of insurrection." Republicans are currently battling multiple factions within the party, and the biggest fault lines is whether it's time to move past Trump now that he's out of office and has had his Twitter and Facebook accounts locked.

In another recent political development for the party, Republicans lost control of the Senate after Democrats picked up two Georgia seats in a special runoff election last month. Republicans also recently grappled with the controversies surrounding a freshman lawmaker, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who has supported conspiracy theories on social media. The House, led by Democrats, ultimately rebuked Greene by removing her from committees.

Positive opinions of the Democratic Party have increased by three percentage points, according to the survey. Roughly 48% of Americans said they view the party favorably - an 11-percentage point advantage over the GOP. Gallup noted that Democrats usually have an edge over Republicans, yet a double-digit lead is rare.

Gallup interviewed a random sample of 906 adults in the US via telephone, and results were within a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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