That cuts to the GOP’s basic challenges finding political footing : Only 20 percent of Americans now identify themselves as Republicans, the fewest in 26 years. Just 19 percent, similarly, trust the Republicans in Congress to make the right decisions for the country’s future; even among Republicans themselves just four in 10 are confident in their own party. For comparison, 49 percent overall express this confidence in Obama, steady since August albeit well below its peak.
The Republican Party’s difficulties are shown in another result as well; in an early assessment of preference for congressional candidates in 2010, the Democrats lead by 51-39 percent.
If you click on the pic above you can view party identification poll results for the past year at pollster.com. If this trend holds up the GOP might want to start thinking about changing their mascot to the woolly mammoth!