"Reason For Optimism? Two Sides Talking On Debt Ceiling", NPR Morning Edition, 10/11/2013:
STEVE INSKEEP: What prompted Republicans to change course?
MARA LIASSON: They were losing. They were just getting battered politically. And here's a pretty good example of what was happening to the Republican political position. This is a new Wall Street Journal-NBC poll. By a 22 point margin the public thinks the Republican Party is more to blame for the shutdown than President Obama. That's a bigger margin of blame than the Republicans received during the last shutdown in 1995. The Republican Party is now at record low levels of unpopularity. Only 24 percent of people have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party. The Democrats aren't doing much better, but at least they have a 39 percent favorable rating and they're not dropping like the Republicans. And here's the other thing. The president's approval rating actually went up in this poll.
Is this one for the misnegation files? Well, since the quoted statistic is that "only 24 percent of people have a favorable opinion of the Republican party", it seems more appropriate to call it "record low levels of popularity". But you could also say that "their unpopularity is reaching record lows", I guess, so maybe it's a just a question of which side of the slide you're looking at things from.
[Tip of the hat to Ron Irving]