One thing that I know is the Republicans are harder on their candidates and party more than the democrats are. It’s almost like a self police type of deal where they govern themselves in a more responsible way. Democrats not so much. From past history, many of you have seen disgraced Republicans leave office or resign from city seats because the party had deemed their deviant acts or words as damaging to their brand.
Democrats usually rally behind their crime-ridden leaders unless the situation is so unbearable that they can’t support them (ie., Jesse Jackson Jr and Anthony Weiner.) In the case of Weiner, liberals were still going to support him to stay in office until he lied about it and more evidence came out that he was a pervert and that sealed his fate.
Below are polls held by Gallup on negative statements regarding both parties. Gallup identifies a trend in this survey: “Republicans are much more likely to criticize their own party for its style or approach than for its substance.” Just 33 percent of Republican respondents found nothing about their party worthy of criticism.
26 percent of Republican respondents, 17 percent of independents, and 22 percent of Democrats identified “unwilling to compromise” as the most apt critique of the GOP. 21 percent of all adults agreed with this criticism of the Republican Party. “Protecting the wealth, not the middle class” was the next most popular criticism of the Republican Party. 12 percent of adults agreed with this statement.
Compare this to self-identified Democrats who, following President Barack Obama’s reelection victory, find little to criticize within their own party. 51 percent of Democrats either found nothing worth criticizing in their own party or expressed no opinion on the question. Just 6 percent of Democrats found their party “inflexible” or “unwilling to compromise.”
The top criticism of the Democratic Party, advanced primarily by Republicans, is that the party is committed to spending excessively and increasing the budget deficit. 14 percent of adults agreed with this statement, a total buoyed by the 23 percent of Republicans who agreed with this statement. Only 10 percent of Democrats agreed with this criticism.