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The Republican party is more popular now than it has been in years

The Republican party is more popular now than it has been in years
LAS VEGAS NEVADA, DECEMBER 14, 2015: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at campaign event at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino the day before the CNN Republican Presidential DebatePhoto: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock

The president’s nominee for the Supreme Court is facing multiple accusations of sexual misbehavior. 32 people have pleaded guilty or been indicted in Robert Mueller’s investigation. Two GOP Congressman have been indicted. Credible accusations of corruption have become commonplace at the White House.

If this was a major consumer brand, you would assume that the public would be shunning it. Instead, voters are giving the Republican party the highest marks since January 2011.

According to a new Gallup poll, 45 percent of those surveyed view the GOP favorably, a jump of nine percentage points in a single month. The comparable figure for Democrats is 44 percent.

It’s not as if the public has lost its collective mind. Just Republicans. The upswing is due largely to the fact that party members and those who lean Republican are closing ranks around the GOP. Men and those people in households earning between $30,000 and $75,000 a year showed the biggest increase in looking kindly on the Republican party.

Those numbers could serve as a bit of cold water on the white-hot enthusiasm of Democrats convinced that a blue wave is coming their way in November. One of the Republicans’ biggest fears is that their supporters are disaffected and will sit the election out, while Democrats will turn out in unusually large numbers to register their dissatisfaction with President Trump.

Of course, willfully refusing to recognize the mess that the GOP has become under Trump–let alone the awful policies it embraces–is just one sign of how far gone the Republican base is. But other signs have been there all along.

During the 2016 primaries, one survey found that nearly a fifth of Trump supporters thought that the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, was a bad idea. More than a third wish that the South had won the Civil War.

As a reminder, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln, the founder of the Republican party. He probably wouldn’t do so well in today’s GOP.

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