A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the GOP's favorable/unfavorable rating is much worse than the Democrats - in fact it's been worse in every single poll they've conducted since the Republicans took control of the House in January of 2011.
So as the Tea Party/grassroots/anti-establishment conservative wing of the GOP has become MORE powerful, the GOP’s overall brand image has gone down, especially with indies. It is hard not to believe these two facts aren’t connected. And this raises the question: Will this be a drag on Romney? Or here’s another way to put it: How can this not be a drag on him? Help us out with this riddle: When was the last time a presidential candidate won when their party was viewed MORE unfavorably than the other side?