There was a lot of bad news for Congressional Republicans in the Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday. Not only does President Obama have his highest approval ratings in 3 years, but by a margin of 2-1, Americans say the Senate should vote on Obama’s Supreme Court pick. Yikes.
But wait. It gets worse. While Americans pretty much despise everyone in Congress, they like Democrats more than they like Republicans. Here’s how it breaks down: Democrats have a negative 32-62% approval rating, which as sad as it is, Quinnipiac notes it is is their best since October 1 of 2013 when they had a negative 32-60.
So it looks like the Republican efforts to prove that government sucks by obstructing anything President Obama wanted to get done and obstructing government in general, down to refusing to fund the government at times, has rubbed off on Democrats a bit, but not as much as the being the Party of No has clung to Republicans.
Hold on to your hats.
Republicans scored a whopping negative 15 – 81% job approval rating, which the poll analysts note is “virtually unchanged since December.”
Could Republicans sink any lower? Not really. There will always be the diehard fans, but they’ve even lost some of the “We will always love George W Bush” fans with these numbers. And now that they are petulantly refusing to do their jobs, jobs that even a majority of Independents agree they should be doing (confirming Justice Merrick Garland), things don’t look so good this election season for Republicans.
We haven’t even addressed their top of the ticket problem, but in truth their Donald Trump/Ted Cruz problem is the same as their Congressional approval problem. Republicans have allowed the extremists to take over and the American public is not impressed.
“Let’s face it: Both parties are deeply unpopular, but the Democrats are the least reviled,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, explained.
It would be fair to say that Democrats and many Republicans hate the corporate takeover of Congress, for which they blame both parties. But for shutting down the government, throwing tantrums that hurt the American people, wasting taxpayer money on ridiculous and already debunked witch hunts against Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood and so much more, the public hates Republicans the most.
This poll and others like it also bode poorly for the Paul Ryan as Hail Mary presidential nominee, but shhhh… don’t tell anyone. Republicans are quite sure that Paul Ryan, who lost as Vice President in 2012, could win as President in 2016.
The false both sides do it argument could only float Republicans for so long. Now that Donald Trump is here and Mitch McConnell is trying to pass a turd off as gold in the Senate with inaccurate and easily disproved claims to justify his refusal to even give Merrick Garland a hearing, “both sides do it” is looking like the weak tea it always was.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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