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WP/ABC Poll: All Is Lost For GOP And Tea Party

From the Washington Post:

Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government

By Dan Balz and Scott Clement | October 22, 2013

The budget confrontation that led to a partial government shutdown dealt a major blow to the GOP’s image and has exposed significant divisions between tea party supporters and other Republicans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Doesn’t everything? And never mind that this is exactly what the Washington Post and ABC have been working toward for weeks. After all, the news media mostly use polls to see how well they have shaped public opinion.

The survey highlights just how badly the GOP hard-liners and the leaders who went along with them misjudged the public mood. In the aftermath, eight in 10 Americans say they disapprove of the shutdown. Two in three Republicans or independents who lean Republican share a negative view of the impasse. And even a majority of those who support the tea party movement disapprove…

Gee, could the fact that the TV networks nightly news ran 62 stories blaming the shutdown on the Republicans, and not one story blaming the Democrats?

And never mind that the Republican-controlled how passed numerous Continuing Resolutions and Debt Ceiling increases, in often bi-partisan votes. And that it was therefore the Democrat-controlled Senate that refused to even put their bills up for a vote, who shut down the government.

But, alas, no one teaches Civics anymore.

Overall, the shutdown produced widespread political fallout. Dissatisfaction with Congress, elected officials and the workings of the political system has increased. An overwhelming majority of Americans say the budget dispute damaged the U.S. economy and the nation’s image in the world…

Not Obama’s bungling in the Middle East. Not the NSA or IRS scandals. This non-shutdown shutdown hurt the nation’s image.

Congressional Democrats also sustained damage to their image. More than six in 10 respondents disapprove of how they handled budget negotiations, and unfavorable ratings of the party have risen to a record high of 49 percent. Still, President Obama’s overall ratings have held steady. Almost half of all Americans approve of the way he has handled his job, and an almost identical number disapprove.

Once again thanks to our news media keeping the public completely misinformed about who actually caused what.

There was little in the findings for the GOP to feel good about. The party’s image has sunk to an all-time low in Post-ABC surveys, with 32 percent of the public saying they have a favorable opinion and 63 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. Almost four in 10 Americans have a strongly unfavorable view of the GOP.

The tea party fares just as badly. Barely a quarter of the public has a favorable image of the movement, the lowest rating in Post-ABC polling

Why should the public be mad at the Republicans and Tea Party? Obama-Care is even more hated than Congress. And everyone says they want government spending reined in. Are people really so furious about a 17% government shutdown that only gave a few government workers two weeks paid vacation plus unemployment?

All of this ‘hatred’ has been completely ginned up by the Obama and the Democrats and their news media, who have been calling the Tea Party every name under the sun. This is astro-turfing, on a massive scale.

Asked who they consider responsible for the impasse, 53 percent of poll respondents cite Republicans, 29 percent blame Obama and 15 percent fault both sides equally. Republicans who support the tea party movement overwhelmingly blame Obama for what happened, but among Republicans who do not back the tea party, almost as many cite congressional Republicans as name Obama or both

Clearly, the Tea Party Republicans are the only people who were paying attention. Or who have any idea how our system of government is supposed to work.

What the survey cannot predict is how the damage to the GOP will affect its chances of winning control of the Senate or holding its House majority in 2014. Democrats have an eight-point advantage in House races among voters nationally, according to the poll, but based on history, that lead is not predictive of a change in House majority…

In other words, the Washington Post is warning their Democrat colleagues running for Congress not to believe a word of their polling.

Three-quarters of all Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way the political system is working, and four in 10 say they are very dissatisfied. That level of dissatisfaction is only a few points lower than it was in the late summer of 2011…

Apparently, they can’t be bothered to figure out how it is supposed to work. And they can’t see the man behind the curtain.

Today, nearly eight in 10 express some dissatisfaction with the way things are working in Washington and a third say they are angry. Republicans express more anger than Democrats, and tea party Republicans show the most.

Good. Hopefully, they will turn out in 2014. And punish the Democrats and the ‘moderate’ Republicans.

Americans say that both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are looking out more for themselves than the country, although they are more inclined to say that about the Republicans. Obama fares far better, with a bare majority saying that in general he is more interested in doing what is best for the nation…

Again, what abject and truly dangerous ignorance. For which our news media and popular culture and education system are totally to blame.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “WP/ABC Poll: All Is Lost For GOP And Tea Party”

  1. BillK

    There’s no fighting the media; the only question is what can be done to combat them.


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