Gretchen's Take: Political unrest not hurting party images

Even with all of the seemingly political unrest this election cycle -- a new poll out about political parties and our like or dislike for them caught my eye. Turns out the images of the two major parties have not suffered because of a wacky primary season.

Forty-four percent of you still see the Democratic Party in a favorable way with 36-percent still liking the Republican Party, and surprisingly -- that hasn't changed much from March of last year when the numbers were 42-percent and 36-percent.

I also think it's important to throw the recent approval ratings for President Obama, which have been higher recently. Gallup poll projected the President’s approval rating at 52-percent approval, Rasmussen poll at 50-percent, and Fox News at 49-percent.

Why is that important? History has shown when a sitting president's approval rating is high -- its good news for the same political party to win the White House. So, will it be true this time? In a year when not much of anything has seemed to follow political norms -- who knows!