According to the latest Gallup poll, the Democratic Party’s image is as strong as it’s been in recent years, with no measurable impact from the contentious primary. And a new Bloomberg Poll shows the Republican Party tanking under Donald Trump.
When I was nine, my mom brought me with her to the Democratic Party Headquarters to make calls for Michael Dukakis. It was the night before the election and I convinced my first voter to pick my candidate. Education was her issue and I was a public school fourth-grader. Check and check. On the way home, my mom heard all about it. I’ve been hooked ever since.
When I was eleven, I requested to be dropped off after school several days a week to write letters on behalf of Jesse Helms’s 1990 U.S. Senate opponent, Harvey Gantt (who would have been North Carolina’s first African-American Senator since Reconstruction).
By the time Gantt ran against Helms again six years later, I’d convinced my high school to give me vocational credit for volunteering daily at the Buncombe County Democratic Party Headquarters.
The Democratic Party isn’t perfect. Partisan politics can be brutal. But there’s no question about which party better represents my values and ideals.
That’s why Gallup’s latest poll results are especially gratifying.
Despite hearing for months about how bad my party is, not just from Republicans, unfortunately, but from a candidate vying to lead it, the Democratic Party’s image is solid.
According to Gallup, “Democrats rate their own party more positively than Republicans do — 89%, compared with the GOP’s 76%. The Democratic Party also has higher favorability among independents (38%), whose ratings of the Republican Party are 10 percentage points lower.”
A new Bloomberg Poll paints an even starker picture for the GOP:
Just 32 percent of Americans view the Republican Party favorably as it prepares to formally nominate Donald Trump for president, the latest Bloomberg Politics national poll shows, the lowest level recorded since the poll’s inception in September 2009. The Democratic Party, by contrast, is seen favorably by 49 percent.
That’s a good thing.
UPDATE (6/23/16): In the aftermath of the Orlando mass killing, Congressional Democrats have used a filibuster and a sit-in to get Republicans to budge on sensible gun reform — to no avail. Apparently, there is no massacre gruesome enough for the GOP to stop doing the NRA’s bidding. Another reason I’m proud to be a Democrat.