Republicans are experiencing something they haven't experienced in years. People like them. At least for the moment.
For the first time since 2005, a Gallup poll shows more Americans have a positive opinion than a negative one about the Republican Party.
The poll released Thursday showed 47 percent of those surveyed had a favorable impression of Republicans, versus 43 percent who had an unfavorable one. It might sound like a lukewarm endorsement, but compare that with their score in 2008, when 61 percent registered distaste for Republicans.
The party has been dragging in the realm of public opinion since before the 2006 midterm elections, when Democrats took back Congress, temporarily, during the Bush administration. Though Republicans made historic gains in Congress last November, they were still widely disliked by the public throughout the campaign season.
As for the latest uptick, Gallup warned that the party will have to sustain its support before declaring any kind of image rebound.
Democrats are currently pulling similar support, with 47 percent of people reporting negative views of the party and 46 percent reporting positive views. But Democrats' numbers have been trending down since 2009, while Republicans' ratings have been gradually trending up.
The poll of 1,032 adults was conducted Jan. 14-16. It had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.