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This chart offers a devastating illustration of Republicans' flagging favorability ratings

In case Tuesday wasn't already hard enough for Republicans rebounding from their health-care bill failure, Bloomberg published an absolutely crushing illustration of how Republicans' favorability ratings have fared since December. Spoiler: not very well!

A new Bloomberg National Poll released Tuesday found that from December 2016 to July 2017, President Trump's favorability rating fell from 50 percent to 41 percent; the Republican Party's overall favorability rating declined from 44 percent to 37 percent; and House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) took an epic nosedive from 47 percent to 34 percent, a drop-off even more drastic than Trump's.

In December 2016, the Democratic Party had the lowest approval rating of them all at 42 percent. But the party's favorability rating hasn't changed since then, and now the Democrats' still-42 percent favorability rating is the highest of them all.

The poll was taken from July 8-12 among 1,001 adults. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.