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Gallup: GOP in Best Position Since 2005

Gallup's poll of registered voters finds that 51% of Americans have a positive view of the Republican Party, the GOP's best performance since 2005. The Democrats are at 45%, a drop from their 48% favorability rating in Gallup's September poll.

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According to Gallup, the newfound support for the Republican Party is manifesting itself in tangible voter shifts:

48% of Americans identifying as Republicans or leaning toward that party, compared with 44% Democratic identification or leaning. Recent Gallup polls had shown a fairly even partisan distribution, after the Democratic Party held advantages for much of 2019.

Republican President Donald Trump's approval rating is also enjoying a bump, with 49% of registered voters registering support and 50% declaring opposition. This is the president's best-ever performance in a Gallup poll.

On the economy, 63% of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, the highest number for any president since the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The president's approval rating on foreign policy, however, is underwater, with a minority -- 47% -- in support and a majority -- 52% -- in opposition.

Gallup ended their analysis of the poll by providing a dose of historical context:

If Trump's higher approval rating is being driven by Americans giving him credit for improvements in the economy, his support may increase over the course of the year, as it did for Ronald Reagan in 1984, Clinton in 1996 and Barack Obama in 2012. All of those recent presidents held office during periods of sustained economic improvement and were re-elected with job approval ratings of better than 50%.