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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A staggering 74 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way that congressional Republicans are handling Washington’s budget crisis, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday.

The poll finds that popular perception of the GOP has been declining since the government shut down on October 1. Two weeks ago, 63 percent disapproved of the Republicans’ handling of the budget dispute; that number rose to 70 percent last week, and 74 percent today.

By contrast, just 53 percent disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the crisis — essentially unchanged from before the government shutdown — and 61 percent disapprove of congressional Democrats on the issue, up from 56 percent two weeks ago.

Disapproval of the GOP strategy cuts across demographic groups, but Republicans should be especially troubled by their performance among women, who disapprove of their handling of the budget dispute by an overwhelming 77 to 17 percent margin.

Even among Republicans, 49 percent disapprove of their own party’s actions.

The survey is just the latest in a series of polls showing that the prolonged government shutdown and debt ceiling debate are taking a serious toll on the Republican Party’s brand.

The full results of the ABC News/Washington Post poll can be seen here.

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  • Lynda Groom

    There is an iceberg on the horizon…full speed ahead seems to be their plan. What strange times we are witness too.

    • JDavidS

      Lynda…The Chinese have an old blessing that says “May you live in interesting times”. It would seem that we are the recipients of that blessing. For better or for worse…

      • Jane Caspar

        That is not a blessing, it is an ancient curse.

  • Dominick Vila

    All kidding and partisanship aside, we should all be concerned about the damage being inflicted to the GOP by the Tea Party. Our country – every country – benefits from having more than one dominant party, which invariably ensures the voices of all citizens are heard and respected. The Tea Party is, literally, destroying the GOP and if the Republican establishment does not act soon and takes control of the agenda the GOP is likely to splinter into two parties and lose the legitimacy it has enjoyed since the Civil War.

    • Bill Thompson

      Moderate Republicans are scared to death of the money machine that stands behind the tea party. They know full well that if they open their mouths that they will face a primary and a ton of money will be thrown up against them. Their lack of courage will be their own undoing. I couldn’t agree with you more this is not good for America.

      • stcroixcarp

        The only way the republican moderates can gain credibility is to purge the tea party from their ranks. Force the tea party to form a third party. Boehner needs to strip the tea partiers in the house of their choice committee assignments and chairmanships. The Republicans need to take back their brand. If he goes down in flames because of these actions, at least he would be able to claim the title of an honest man.

        • Sand_Cat

          I think it’s far too late for the Boehner to claim any title that includes the word “honest” unless it is prefixed by “dis.”

      • CPAinNewYork

        I think that it is great for America, because it brings into clear detail the fact that we’re engaged in a class war: the rich versus the middle class and the poor. The rich, represented by the Republican Party, are outspoken in their desire to reduce or eliminate Social Security, Medicare and any other programs that exist for the belefit of the middle class and the poor.
        By making this distinction clear to all, the battlefield is put into clear focus. This is a zero sum game, in that there will be only one winner.

    • CrankyToo

      Who’s kidding? And how does one set partisanship aside in a political environment dominated by a minority of extremely partisan lunatics? I used to think your commentary was on the plus side of prescient, but lately I think you’ve lost it, Mr. Vila.

      Your concern for the Grand Old Party staggers my imagination! It gave birth to a scourge, named it “Tea Party” and raised it to be a petulant brat. Now that it’s matured into a contemptible bully, the once-proud parents are left wringing their hands and wondering how in the world they’re going to get control of it. And apparently, the only answer that’s occurred to them is to continue to encourage and enable it.

      I, for one, have nothing but disdain for the GOP. Their (so-called) leadership, from Boehner and McConnell on down the line through every member of their House and Senate caucuses, through Priebus and his gang of party apparatchiks, to Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Palin, Huckabee and the rest of their sleazy talking heads – they’re all low-life scum.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: keep doing what you’re doing, you Tea Party rat bastards, because the sooner you castrate the GOP, the sooner we can begin moving forward again as a nation dedicated to the common good.

    • neeceoooo

      The Tea Party think they are the only ones that count and therefore, other voices can not be heard even though they may be the voice of reason.

    • CPAinNewYork

      I think that you’re missing an essential point: No political party is essential to the nation. Political parties die frequently. Remember the Liberal Party in England? Winston Churchill was a mamber before he became a Conservative. If you have a sense of history, you know that there was once a Whig Party in the United States. It died out from irrelevancy and the new party, the Republican Party, was created in 1854 to take its place.

    • 4sanity4all

      Well, if the normal Republicans cut out the malignancy that is the Tea Party, then we will continue to have two parties. Conservatives will not abandon the Republican party if they stand up to these terrorists. If they do not, then they deserve what they get.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Considering that Moderate Republicans are also among those dissatisfied with Congressional Republican performance, the only ones happy are the Tea Party types. At least, they will be until the government shutdown hits the rest of them. I have already watched interviews with people who expressed regret for supporting these guys because of their effect on small businesses and farms that are dependent on government information in order to keep running.

    • CPAinNewYork

      The assholes who vote the Tea Party line deserve what they get.

      • Lovefacts

        Unfortunately, what they get we all get also.

        • edwardw69

          Not necessarily. They may get more than they bargained for: 3 million veterans, many of them disabled. Many of them combat trained or combat veterans. And they probably all know a tea party kook who is stopping their pensions. Think about it, kooks.

  • Budjob

    I just cannot believe that a handful of screwball,nutcases could bring the entire country and congress to its knees!This is totally disgusting.The T-party has to be put out of commission one way or the other!!!

    • CPAinNewYork

      It shows what can happen when so few reasonable people vote. The crazies vote their people in and take over. All we need is for the reasonable citizens to vote against the politicians that pander to the extreme right.

      • 4sanity4all

        Although to be fair, most of these lunatics did not present themselves to the voters as extreme hostage takers. I don’t think people really knew what they were going to get, except in a couple of cases. But I sure hope they learned something for the next election. I suppose many Republicans thought they were voting for normal Republicans, because with even Republicans disapproving of what their party is doing, I don’t think they were hoping for this.

  • Buford2k11

    this is all on Boehner…he knows it…we know it…and he fails the Nation once again…

    • highpckts

      They have already sidestepped Boehner! They saw him wavering so they, in the middle of the night, last week, passed a motion that only Cantor can put a bill before the House! If you can’t win, cheat!!

  • highpckts

    But you know what? When it comes time to vote every incumbent will be voted back in because each district sees the other district as being at fault! Not theirs!

  • highpckts

    I would like to see National elections for ALL persons of congress! That would take care of gerrymandering and payoffs! Let everyone speak, not just their own district!!

  • Bryan Blake

    Many of The Founders saw political parties as the second greatest threat to the prosperity of the Government instituted by the Founding Documents and the rights of We The People. The other great threat was the solidification of the colonial 1% into an American “landed gentry” that would hijack our government for their direct service and benefit. The Founders were Correct about both fears.

    With the rich and ultra-rich owning the Republican Party and at least the Corporate Wing of the Democratic Party the People’s interests and prosperity are irrelevant. We have devolved into being ruled by an insensitive, intolerant and corrupt Political Class. This corrupt political class prompts me to reexamine the designation of “the world’s oldest professions.” Tribal chiefs, their witch doctors and in-house muscle vilified a “simple profession” while elevating their own evil practices as socially acceptable.

    So the rich and ultra-rich have thousands of years of history in the oppression of We The People. Today in America they primarily use the GOP. They financed The Tea Party and their money put virtually all of them in office. Last week the financiers publicly blinked. The Koch brothers, in particular, sent an open letter disavowing any notion that they were connected with shutting down the government over Obamacare. In particular they and their fellow rich and ultra-rich political activists politely demanded that the US not default on its debts.

    In short, its alright to deny We The People our rights and prosperity. But it NOT alright to even threaten the Divine Rights of these rich and ultra-rich to their freedoms and prosperity (mostly embodied as things We The People are denied).

  • rhallnj

    But republicans say no biggie because these are national polls including places like S.F.