Democratic leaders

The Democratic Party has clearly favored an obstructionist strategy. Instead of trying to find common ground with the president, they have decided to oppose everything he does, even if they previously favored it – such as in the James Comey firing.

As they push for impeachment, they are gambling that the American people will support their quest to remove the democratically elected president. But early indications show that strategy is failing miserably.

A new poll from Gallup shows the image of the Democratic Party among the American people has dropped significantly. All the while, the Republicans image has remained steady:

“The May 3-7 Gallup poll asked Americans whether they have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of each party.

“Forty percent of Americans said they view Democratic Party favorably, down from 45 percent in November. The Republican rating dropped one point, to 39 percent this month from 40 percent in November.”

And where is the biggest decline in support coming from? Self-identified Democrats:

“The decline in Democratic Party favorability is mostly a result of lower ratings from self-identified Democrats, Gallup said. And both parties’ ratings are below their historical norms.”

Gallup explains the implications of the poll:

“Americans are quite negative toward both of the major political parties at this time. Trump’s unpopularity and the GOP’s challenges in governing a divided nation have done little to weaken the party’s poor image further. But those same factors have also done little to cast the opposing party, the Democrats, in a more favorable light.

If anything, the Democratic Party’s positioning appears weakened, largely because its own supporters now hold a less positive view of the party. That could indicate Democrats are frustrated with the party’s minority status in Washington.

“Not since 2003 through 2006 have Democrats failed to control the presidency, House of Representatives or Senate. Prior to that, Democrats had control of either Congress or the presidency for more than 50 years.

“Next year Democrats will have a chance to change their minority party status in the federal midterm elections. Midterm elections are often a referendum on the president, so Democrats’ prospects for a strong showing are enhanced by Trump’s low approval ratings.

“However, if Democrats cannot improve their party’s image between now and November 2018, it may hinder their ability to regain some measure of power in Washington.”