The approval rating of the Republican party is as low as it has been in many years. The approval rating for the Republicans is in the mid 20% range. The number of Americans calling themselves Republicans is close to the same %. Obama's approval ratings have dipped into the mid to high 50% range. Those who are less excited with Obama do not see the Republicans having the answers. The Republicans do not have any leaders who resonate with the American populice except for Colin Powell. The choices of the Republican base, Palin, Limbaugh, Cheney etc, are not embraced by the general population. Without changes the Republicans could go the way of the Wig party. Change is not the Republicans strong suit.