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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Poll: Americans Don’t Want Republicans In Control Of Congress

Poll: Americans Don’t Want Republicans In Control Of Congress

As a result of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debacles, the GOP has put itself in a rather vulnerable position as midterm elections approach.

A USA Today/Princeton Survey Research Poll finds that 47 percent of Americans say that Congress would be changed for the better if every member were replaced in the next election cycle. This is an increase from before “wave elections” in 1994 and 2006, when 40 and 42 percent of Americans respectively wanted to re-elect the entire U.S. Congress.

Only 4 percent of respondents say that replacing a majority of elected leaders in Congress would actually make it worse.

Conservative voters’ view of their own party is clearly deteriorating — 52 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters agree that Congress would be better if a majority of the current members were replaced.

Respondents also agree that Republicans deserve the blame for the government shutdown, by a 39 to 19 percent margin — 36 percent say both parties are equally responsible. There’s little division among Democrats — 8 in 10 believe Republicans are to blame for the crisis.

Contrary to Republicans’ expectations, the Tea Party-led effort to topple Obamacare actually increased support for the president’s signature health care law.

CNN/ORC reports that 53 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act and hope to see its implementation continue. Prior to the government shutdown, that number was just 49 percent.

Similarly, a Washington Post/ABC News poll last month found that voters opposed the health care law by a 42 to 52 percent margin. That number has narrowed in their most recent poll, which finds that 46 percent support the Affordable Care Act and 49 percent still stand in opposition.

As Steven Schier, a political scientist at Carleton College and co-author of American Government and Popular Discontent told USA Today“This is a real warning about the GOP pursuing this strategy in 2014. The telling moment will come in January and February, when we face another debt limit and a possible shutdown.”

With budget talks commencing in three months and midterm elections only a year away, the GOP is in need of damage control. The numerous attempts to repeal Obamacare—a strategy a growing number of Americans oppose—is already alienating voters. And according to polling data, the Tea Party tactic of shutting down the government seems to be something they could pay for in House and Senate seats in 2014.

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  • 4sanity4all

    Is it that the voters finally get it, or the press is just recognizing that the voters get it? I thought that the Republican’s antics would bite them in the butt, and this survey indicates that voters will be snapping at their hindquarters.

  • TomJx

    I predict the Republucans will call the polls “skewed”.

    • Independent1

      Absolutely, skewed by the ‘Librul’ media!!

  • Independent1

    Let’s keep hoping Republican voters don’t have short memories come 2014 and, in fact, help sweep in a new Congress with Nancy as Speaker and with enough Dem control to keep ‘Mitch’ corraled, or even better, sweeping him out too!!!

    • dana becker

      I will be there to cast my vote. That is for sure.

  • charleo1

    The poll numbers can be interpreted a couple of different ways. As 52% of GOP, or
    GOP leaning, think that Congress would be better off, if a majority of incumbents
    were replaced. I think many of the GOP base think it was the fault of Republicans
    like Mitch McConnell, or especially John Boehner, that brought the bill to the floor
    that needed, and got, Democratic support to reopen the government, and raise the
    debt ceiling. I think many of the Righties are drinking only the hard stuff right now.
    And are still convinced, if all the Republicans had held together, and crashed on
    through the debt ceiling, and kept the government closed. Obama would have
    agreed to defund his signature healthcare law, sooner or later. So, I think the mid-
    terms on the Right, are going to be all about replacing moderate Republicans, and
    electing more crazies that would run the economy off a cliff, on general principal
    alone. Or, just because they could. I believe the feeling is still predominate, that if
    real hard core, Right Wing candidates are nominated, the States, and Country will
    elect them. Which proves, once Fox News screws up your thinking, it stays screwed.

  • TZToronto

    Many of those opposed to the ACA oppose it because they don’t want another expense they feel they don’t need. Since they’re healthy, why should they have to buy insurance. Well, since they’re young, why should they have to contribute to Social Security? Since they’re good drivers, why should they be required to have automobile insurance? Since they’re eating every day, why should their tax money go to feed people who are hungry and children whose parents can’t take care of them? Since their city didn’t get destroyed by a hurricane and flood, why should New Orleans get so much government money (from taxpayers) rebuild levees and to recover from Katrina? To those who don’t want to buy insurance, realize that the more people who participate, the lower the premiums will be.

  • Stuart

    Well, as usual, it’s a nationwide poll, which includes blue states. No indication of whether Republicans are losing significant support in red states, which is where it counts. If the red states don’t change, nothing will change.

  • docb

    Here is another reason that the repub baggers lies are no longer selling to the Nation:

    Many a day are biting the dust!