Washington, DC - Ipsos' December poll for Reuters shows that public opinion towards the Republican Party has recovered from 2008's low ratings, with 45% now favorable and 48% unfavorable towards the Republicans. The Democrats' ratings have dropped notably since their post-2008 election high of 61%, and are now on 43% favorable and 51% unfavorable.
When asked which party will do a better job in key policy areas, the Democrats are seen as better on education and the environment. Republicans are seen as better on dealing with the terrorist threat at home, taxation, reducing the deficit, and improving the economy. However, across the board, an increasing number of people are saying that 'both' parties would do a better job, underlining the public appetite for cooperation between the parties.
When asked about favorability towards various public figures, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee had the highest 'net' (favorable minus unfavorable) ratings from those included on our list, followed by David Petreaus and President Obama. Those with the lowest ratings were Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Rush Limbaugh.
The survey also covers public attitudes to a wide range of proposals for reducing the national budget deficit. You can download the complete topline in the right sidebar of this page.
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