Not only is the GOP primary making the Republican party look bad, it’s actually pushing Democrats toward President Obama. Back in December, 36 percent of Democrats felt their impression of the president grew more positive as they learned more about the Republican candidates. Now 49 percent of Democrats feel that way, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Republicans, on the other hand, have hardly experienced a change in their impression of the GOP since the primaries began. While only 26 percent say their impression of the candidates has improved, 30 percent say it has not changed. Overall, public opinion of the GOP candidate field is more negative than positive.