The Washington Times - August 29, 2012, 02:14PM

Americans view Democrats and Republicans with near-equal skepticism going into this year’s party conventions, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The poll found that just 43 percent of registered voters have a favorable view of the Democratic Party, down 11 points from 2008 and its worst pre-convention rating since Gallup began taking the survey in 1992.

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The GOP is doing only slightly better, with 44 percent approval, which is 3 points better than in 2008.

The poll showed that voters’ impressions of both parties gradually have worsened since 1992, when Democrats and Republicans had approval ratings of 54 percent and 53 percent, respectively.

Democrats’ previous lowest rating was 48 percent in 2004, which along with 2012 are the only years over the 20-year span in which they were viewed less favorably than Republicans at the start of convention season.