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Scandal Backlash: 59% of Americans Disapprove of the Republican Party
By: Jason EasleyMay. 21st, 2013more from Jason Easley
The Republican Party’s obsession with Obama scandals is backfiring in a big way, as the party’s disapproval rating has shot up to 59%.
The latest CNN/ORC poll contained some great news for Democrats, and very troubling developments for Republicans. Over the past two months, disapproval of the Republican Party has risen from 54% to 59%. The Republican Party’s favorability rating has fallen from 38% in March to 35% today. This a net (-8) point swing over the past two months.
The exact opposite has occurred for the Democratic Party. Not only has President Obama’s job approval rating climbed, but his party is also on the upswing. The Democratic Party’s unfavorable rating has fallen from 48% to 43%. The favorability rating of President Obama’s party has grown from 46% to 52%. This is a net (+11) point swing for the Democrats.
The CNN poll focused heavily on the trumped up trifecta of Republican pushed Obama scandals. Judging by the numbers it appears that many Americans are viewing these scandals as more partisan bickering, which is not what Republicans wanted. Instead of being blamed for the scandals, President Obama’s masterful handling of the GOP’s partisan political maneuvers is resulting in a bounce in the polls.
An improving economy is also helping to give people a positive view of the president and his party, but two moments turned the Obama scandals into Obama windfalls. The president benefited from the fact that the Benghazi emails were edited by Republicans and leaked to the media. His strong and immediate action on the IRS scandal also appears to have helped him in the public eye.
Republicans would be best served by dropping these scandals and moving on, but that is not how the GOP rolls. Republicans have become the small tent, self destructive extremist party, so they will ignore all the warning signs in order to chase a political advantage that doesn’t exist. By misjudging President Obama and the American people, Republicans have set themselves up for another fall.
The more Republicans talk scandal, the more popular President Obama becomes. For this reason, the Obama scandals are quickly becoming another part of the Republican circle of fail.