more telling is how the electorate view the two parties. 33% of the electorate view the Republican Party favorably while 61% view them unfavorably. For the Democrats it is 42% favorable, 53% unfavorable. but when one just looks at the independent voters, independents view Republicans 31% favorable, Democrats 30% favorable, Independents view Republicans 60% unfavorable, Democrats 61% unfavorable. The big difference is the Democrats have a far larger base than the Republicans, but both parties are not liked by 3/5ths of all independents.