24% of Americans View Both GOP and Democrats Unfavourably



24% of Americans now view both GOP and Democratic Party unfavorably
Pew Research Centre


According to a survey by the Pew Research Centre, the share of Americans who hold unfavourable views of both the Democratic and the Republican parties have grown.

24% of the American public have expressed unfavourable opinions of both political parties, which is up from 19% in January this year. 

The rise in dissatisfaction with is not evenly spread among the populace, however. It is largely concentrated among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, who have become increasingly critical of the Republican Party. 

The share of Republicans who view the GOP unfavorably has more than doubled since January, from 12% to 27%. This increase in dissatisfaction could help us understand the sudden rise of 'outsider' Republican presidential candidates, such as Donald Trump.

Currently, 36% of independents express unfavorable opinions of both parties, as do 22% of Republicans. Among Democrats, the figure is only 9%.


Thumbnail image: Donald Trump. By Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Samantha Smith

Pew Research Centre

Published Date
August 21, 2015