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Poll: Positive views of GOP for first time since 2005
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Some good news for the Republican Party: A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds more Americans view the GOP positively than negatively for the first time since 2005.

The survey shows the GOP now has a 47% net favorable rating, following its successes at the ballot box in November when Republicans took majority control of the U.S. House, made gains in the U.S. Senate and won key governorships in states such as Ohio and Wisconsin.

By comparison, 43% of Americans have a negative image of House Speaker John Boehner’s party.

Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones writes that if the upward trend continues for Republicans, « this will indicate the party has completely recovered from the downturn it took beginning in 2005. »

The view of the Democratic Party, meanwhile, has improved slightly. The poll showed 46% of Americans viewed Democrats positively, compared with 47% who have a negative view.

Still, those numbers are among the worst Gallup has recorded for Democrats since 1992.