The favorable rating of the two major parties is now almost equal, according to Gallup. Democrats now have only a two point advantage. From Gallup:
One of the few things Democrats had going for them this election was even though President Obama is unpopular, the voters really disliked the Republican party. Unfortunately for Democrats, the Republican brand has steadily improved since the government shutdown and is now basically on par with theirs.
The poll even found that Republicans have the edge among Independents, with 36 percent of Independents having a favorable rating of Republicans, while 35 percent rate Democrats favorably.