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New Gallup Poll Finds Republican Party Less Popular Than Russia, China, Venezuela

200px-Hugo_Chavez_in_Brazil-1861.jpegThe new USA Today/Gallup about the state of the GOP is getting a lot of play today, but people seem to be burying the lede, fixating weirdly on who speaks for the GOP.

The question flummoxes most Americans, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, which is among the reasons for the party’s sagging state and uncertain direction.

A 52% majority of those surveyed couldn’t come up with a name when asked to specify "the main person" who speaks for Republicans today.

This isn’t a big deal. Who was "the main person" for the Democratic Party from 2005-2008 or from 2001-2004? The party out of the White House usually has this problem. The party out of the White House and the Senate and the House always has this problem.

Anyway, the poll’s key finding isn’t that the GOP doesn’t have a clear spokesperson, it’s that everyone hates them. The number one response to the question "what comes to mind when you think of the Republican Party," was "unfavorable." And,

In the poll, 34% had a favorable impression of the Republican Party, matching the lowest level in more than a decade. In comparison, 53% had a favorable impression of the Democratic Party.

Dissatisfaction with the GOP extends to within its own ranks. Among Republicans, 33% had an unfavorable impression of their own party. In contrast, 4% of Democrats had an unfavorable impression of their party.

34% is lower than Americans rate many countries we’re constantly told by wingnuts that we’re about to go to war with any minute, including Putin’s Russia, Chavez’s Venezuela and Communist China.

But the silver lining for the GOP is they’re still slightly more popular (34%-27%) than the Palestinian Authority.

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