Only 28 percent of Americans view the Republican Party favorably, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s the lowest rating for either party since Gallup began asking the question in 1992. The government standoff is driving the low approval, as the GOP’s favorability rating dropped 10 percentage points from last month. The Democratic Party rates better but not great: 43 percent view it favorably, down 4 points from last month. Not surprisingly, Americans now cite dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives as the top issue facing the nation, according to Gallup.
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