Small wonder views of the two political parties are, on balance, negative—some of the partisan political faces most prominent in the news today engender overwhelming negative reactions according to the latest Economist/YouGov poll conducted June 11-14, 2011.
The posterboy for Facebook #Fail and Twitter #CreepyTweets, Rep Anthony Weiner (R-NY), is viewed favorably by 15%, unfavorably by 60%. Unfavorable ratings for Weiner stand at 48% among Democrats, 67% among Independents, 78% among Republicans, indicating contempt that extends across the aisle.
Gingrich scores almost as poorly: 22% favorable, 52% unfavorable overall, with unfavorable ratings of 40% among Republicans, 57% among Independents, 61% among Democrats.
Pelosi earns overall scores of 31% favorable, 48% unfavorable, but with positive scores, on balance, among Democrats (56% favorable-22% unfavorable), but majority negative among Independents (53%) and Republicans (84%). Republicans are slightly more negative toward Pelosi than they are toward Weiner.
Palin’s overall scores (34% favorable-52% unfavorable) are not much different than Pelosi’s standing, and much stronger among her own Republican party members (70% favorable-24% unfavorable) compared to Pelosi’s standing among her Democratic co-partisans. When it comes to Palin, the majority of Independents (56%) and Democrats (73%) express an unfavorable opinion.