AP poll: Voters don’t approve of Republicans, Democrats, or Obama

posted at 12:01 pm on October 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I considered adding this to my earlier Gallup poll post about the rise of third-party sentiment, but the numbers on Barack Obama stand out as a separate issue.  The Associated Press/GfK poll demonstrates a high degree of dissatisfaction with all sides in the shutdown, including with Obama, who still fares better than his own party:

Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a “throw the bums out” mentality in next year’s midterm elections.

The AP-GfK poll finds few people approve of the way the president is handling most major issues and most people say he’s not decisive, strong, honest, reasonable or inspiring.

In the midst of the government shutdown and Washington gridlock, the president is faring much better than his party, with large majorities of those surveyed finding little positive to say about Democrats. The negatives are even higher for the Republicans across the board, with 4 out of 5 people describing the GOP as unlikeable and dishonest and not compassionate, refreshing, inspiring or innovative.

It’s true that Obama gets the best numbers, but that’s damning by faint praise in this poll.  His strongest suit — likeability — is now down to 49/47, and it’s the only positive in the group.  Majorities now reject the idea that Obama is honest (44/52), reasonable (43/53), strong (41/54), or decisive (a whopping 38/58).  His previous status of being an inspirational leader has declined to 42/54.

Obama looks stronger than he is in comparison to everyone else.  Democrats and Republicans score much lower on all of these attributes, but Republicans easily score the lowest.  They’re about even on strength — 31/64 Dems, 30/66 GOP — but on the rest, Republicans score 10 or more points below Democrats.  On being reasonable, Democrats get 33% to the GOP’s 20%.

It’s not pretty for either party, but especially for Republicans who had hoped to gain a big swing in momentum by forcing brinksmanship on ObamaCare in the budget and debt-ceiling fight.  Whatever one thinks of the particulars in each poll this week, it’s clear that voters aren’t rising up against Democrats alone, or Obama in particular.  And that may have some unintended effects next year, unless the standoff gets resolved quickly:

The numbers offer warning signs for every incumbent lawmaker, and if these angry sentiments stretch into next year, the 2014 elections could feel much like the 2006 and 2010 midterms when being affiliated with Washington was considered toxic by many voters. In 2006, voters booted Republicans from power in the House and Senate, and in 2010, they fired Democrats who had been controlling the House.

This is probably what is driving the White House to bypass Harry Reid, and why the House and Senate Republicans are changing tactics and looking for a resolution with some face-saving gains.  No one’s winning this fight, and everyone has something to lose.


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ah, well, we simply lost this fight it seems. Looks like the defund strategy backfired.

eva3071 on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Hey if everyone is losing you must be doing something right.

Johnnyreb on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

A third party in America already exists, and they elect people to office from time to time at the local level: The Libertarian Party.

I don’t see a groundswell of support for the LP. Voters talk a good game when it comes to 3rd parties, but as evidenced by the Libertarian Party’s lackluster record, with occasional small wins, over the years, doesn’t seem like voters are really going to vote for it.

ericdondero on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

C’mon.

This poll is worthless. Come election time, the populace will say “My congressman/senator is ok, but the rest of the bunch should go.”

Bitter Clinger on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

No one’s winning this fight,

Ed, Ed, Ed. Sigh.

faraway on October 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Polls are only released to manipulate, not to inform. Haven’t we learned this by now?

mpthompson on October 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Primary ‘em all. Then get a bunch of newbies to pass term limits.

Everybody wins this fight.

ElectricPhase on October 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

The numbers offer warning signs for every incumbent lawmaker, and if these angry sentiments stretch into next year, the 2014 elections could feel much like the 2006 and 2010 midterms when being affiliated with Washington was considered toxic by many voters. In 2006, voters booted Republicans from power in the House and Senate, and in 2010, they fired Democrats who had been controlling the House.

Generic polls about congress are always misleading, particularly this far out, since the numbers vary widely from voter sentiment about their own individual congressman or senator, which is always much more favorable/less unfavorable.

TXUS on October 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

party, but especially for Republicans who had hoped to gain a big swing in momentum by forcing brinksmanship on ObamaCare in the budget and debt-ceiling fight.

anyone who believed that this would happen this way is delusional.

Critic2029 on October 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

No one’s winning this fight, and everyone has something to lose.

And yet, on almost every media outlet, the American People are being harangued that the country’s ills are all the fault of those Evil Tea Party Republicans.

Sounds to me as if one side has more to lose than another…

CiLH1 on October 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I love the idea everyone is losing. Particularly in light of the recent news the country is getting more conservative on fiscal policies. That bodes well for replacing our professional politicians with people who really think most decisions should and must be made at the local level.

ojfltx on October 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Yea, let’s just keep going farther in debt and spend money we don’t have because of some junk poll. You do the right thing and things will take care of themselves. If not, the country will go down in flames. If we don’t stop this runaway train now we never will. Libs are delusional so they are a lost cause.

Ta111 on October 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

The American people have been told that they can have all these goodies without paying for them.

Suddenly they are starting to see that it isn’t true and they are getting pissed off.

This gives an opportunity for the Republicans if they want to take it to truly change the way DC operates.

But…they are almost guaranteed to throw it away…

18-1 on October 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

What is the result of Americans not approving of anyone Upon The Hill?

Gridlock.

I like Gridlock: nothing gets done.

And high time for that from the federal government.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I don’t see a groundswell of support for the LP. Voters talk a good game when it comes to 3rd parties, but as evidenced by the Libertarian Party’s lackluster record, with occasional small wins, over the years, doesn’t seem like voters are really going to vote for it.

ericdondero on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I’d suggest that their biggest problem is in defining what they’re really about. Some people view the Libertarians as primarily about legalizing drugs – which I’m really not fully in favor of. My personal impression is that they are also highly isolationist – which I also disagree with. Whether I’m right or wrong about those things – that is my perspective of them – which points back to their messaging.

The other problem with the Libertarian Party is their effect on national level elections. I didn’t like the Bush 1 failure on “read my lips, no new taxes” – but I didn’t want to vote for a Dem either – so I voted for Perot. Well, because of people like me, Clinton got in – so I won’t and haven’t made that mistake again – so I voted for McLame and Romney even though I wasn’t terribly thrilled about either one – but that didn’t work out so well either. So now what?

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Gridlock.
I like Gridlock: nothing gets done.
And high time for that from the federal government.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Yup. As long as they’re gridlocked, they aren’t harming us further.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Polls are one of the sand traps of governing.

They are indicative of emotion rather than reason.

Read a LOT of polling questions – these are not exercises in deep thought or products of probing discussions between pollsters & the public. They are literally the telephone version of a reporter sticking a microphone in someone’s face and say, “How do you FEEL about THIS?”

What polls NEVER tell anyone is – What is the flip side? – What happens if you completely change course 180 degrees?

Any adult with enough life experience can answer that question after a little thought.

Flip 180 degrees and a larger number of people will despise you.

Kind of odd none of the Hot Air editors are adding that bit of perspective … isn’t it?

PolAgnostic on October 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Generic dissatisfaction with congress does not mean the voters are ready to throw out their highly blue or highly red district congressman. If the president consistently gets down to 40% and under , that is much bigger deal than single digits approving of congress. Primarying Senators seems to have more success than primarying a House member.

mwbri on October 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The leftist propaganda is winning. If we can’t get around it, the country is doomed. The media is the enemy of liberty.

jawkneemusic on October 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Monday 14 October is a paid Federal Holiday to honor a slave trader that never set foot on the North American Content, killed thousands of Natives and it is being celebrated in the middle of a Federal shutdown and two days before default on all government payments.
Our Government is just so Grand and Benevolent.

jpcpt03 on October 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

PolAgnostic on October 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Far too often, the questions do not get to any real point.
Poll Q: How do you rate Congress?
My thoughts: Well, which part? I’m not thrilled about the House, but I think they’re doing better than the Senate.

Poll Q: Do you think the country is going in the wrong direction?
My thoughts: Ya, I think they should go further right. I hate what the Dems are doing, but the Repubs aren’t doing nearly enough. On the other hand, left-wingers may answer the same question the same way I did, but for a completely different reason – they want full-bore communism.
So what in he11 does that poll question really tell anyone?

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Polls are only released to manipulate, not to inform. Haven’t we learned this by now?

mpthompson on October 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

This…

Seven Percent Solution on October 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

This poll is worthless. Come election time, the populace will say “My congressman/senator is ok, but the rest of the bunch should go.”

Bitter Clinger on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

with a few notable exceptions that will prove the rule, this is correctamundo.

Sacramento on October 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Monday 14 October is a paid Federal Holiday to honor a slave trader that never set foot on the North American Content, killed thousands of Natives and it is being celebrated in the middle of a Federal shutdown and two days before default on all government payments.
Our Government is just so Grand and Benevolent.

jpcpt03 on October 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Columus Day is, in my view, the perfect federal holiday.
It celebrates a foreigner who didn’t know where he was going when he took off, didn’t know where he was when he got there, didn’t know where he had been once he got back, and did it all with someone else’s money.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Meh. Let the Democrats have whatever they want. Every Republican senator should vote present for the next month, and every Republican House member should vote present except for the number needed to let the Obama worshippers have what they want. When everything falls apart, I bet I do better than they do. Who is John Galt?

Darin on October 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

So all politicians in Washington are polling poorly and it is supposedly a losing proposition for those of us who favor a smaller federal government?

These polls are called “reality”. People should not like the politicans in Washington. People should have a rational fear of politicians in Washington. This is good news.

weaselyone on October 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Gridlock.
I like Gridlock: nothing gets done.
And high time for that from the federal government.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

That was the biggest motivator for me in 2010. Glorious gridlock.

I think it was PJ O’Rourke, who said that the 2010 elections were, in essence, Americans taking out a national restraining order against Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

I still think he was right.

Resist We Much on October 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Something that doesn’t show up in the media crowing over this poll is this:

A lot of the R negatives come from people like me-who will tell you that they ARE digusted with the REPUBLICAN PARTY, but not for the reasons the media would have you believe.

We are done with a conniving, progressive, establishment that wants power over us as much as anyone on the left.

We don’t wish to be RULED, not even (or particularly) by those who say they are on our side.

Primary time’s a-comin’!

questionmark on October 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I took a poll in my office and it showed 100% disgust with poll driven editorials.

DanMan on October 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

SURRENDER!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the partial government shutdown as part of a package that includes cuts in benefit programs.

Senior aides to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined the proposal at a late-night White House meeting Thursday with senior administration officials.

In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, the proposal includes an easing of the across-the-board spending cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replacing them with curbs in benefit programs that Obama himself has backed.

Among them is a plan to raise the cost of Medicare for better-off beneficiaries.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private deliberations.

PappyD61 on October 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Dogs and strippers want their polls back!

can_con on October 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I agree with questionmark. A percentage of the negatives for Republicans are probably from the conservatives who don’t like what the establishment is doing to those like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. These two and a few others are actually trying to fight the damage being done to this country.

Rose on October 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Atheist feeeevvaaahhhh !!!!

Eph on October 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

We should insist that all candidates for office sign a binding contract to only serve two terms of four years each. In this way our congress members wouldn’t have so much invested in making deals with one another and servicing the needs of the political class or the party over the needs of their constituents and they certainly wouldn’t fear holding a president to the rule of law.

Yes… throw them all out… and elect some people who want to serve the nation.. who will remember that they are public servants… and who put the needs and welfare of their constituents above those of party and personal ambition… who will remember that they serve as our proxy in congress and that the constitution is the law of the land…and who are not careerists.

thatsafactjack on October 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Hang on, Republicans are pretty riled at Republicans at the moment, so of course our numbers are in the toilet. Tea Party and Squishies hate each other, nobody’s happy with the status quo.

That’s not a reaction to the shutdown, it’s a cause of it.

S. Weasel on October 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Majorities now reject the idea that Obama is honest (44/52), reasonable (43/53), strong (41/54), or decisive (a whopping 38/58). His previous status of being an inspirational leader has declined to 42/54.

Dumb asses! A little late now. Where were these people in November 2012?

GarandFan on October 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Ed…calm down…same with your buddy AP…

(1) Elections over a year away
(2) Opinions of congress, or parties are different than Presidents.

Everyone always says I hate congress, or I am angry at a political party, yet turn right around and say they like their congressman.

Comparing presidential approval ratings and congressional approval ratings is like comparing apples to oranges. Now if individual congressmen are doing polls for their own personal approval ratings in their districts (for Senators their states) then that would be different, but their not what this poll is about.

Remember worry warts….

The midterm election is over a year away.
The Presidential election is not until 2016.

Call down about what the polls say…this is not an election…

William Eaton on October 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

ah, well, we simply lost this fight it seems. Looks like the defund strategy backfired.

eva3071 on October 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Ms. Concern Troll, GOP leadership never had a defund strategy.

Wigglesworth on October 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

No one’s winning this fight,

Ed, Ed, Ed. Sigh.

faraway on October 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Obamacare isn’t the hill to die on, let’s just call it a loss and move on to amnesty. Hispanic voters are natural conservatives who are sure to vote against the welfare state.

sauldalinsky on October 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Poll shows only that most Americans fail to understand that a Government shutdown does NOT necessarily mean Government isn’t working. Shutdown can be great. And the natural result to Government actually working. But people are fast-food minded. “Just make it work again, damn it.”

Sorry but the public is kinda dumb.

In regards to O’s numbers … that he continues to enjoy even these ratings means doesn’t say much for the American people. The man is locking up park visitors against their will for gosh sakes. He vetoed military death benefits yesterday.

The polls will bounce back to “normal” when people have their nice little neat Government churning out the expected widgets again. And I’m not referring to the “free stuff” crowd either – I’m referring to decent people who think middle of the road is best.

LetsBfrank on October 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Hang on, Republicans are pretty riled at Republicans at the moment, so of course our numbers are in the toilet. Tea Party and Squishies hate each other, nobody’s happy with the status quo.

That’s not a reaction to the shutdown, it’s a cause of it.

S. Weasel on October 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

And it stands to reason that the converse is also true… that some Democratic negatives are due to Liberals wanting the Dems to go full on Socialist.

(This is also something that we forget to take into account when considering polls on Obamacare… that a probably not insignificant chuck of those who say they oppose it, do so on the grounds that it doesn’t go far enough)

So…..

Considering that (to put it one way) some self-labeled conservatives are adding to the Republican negative numbers and some self-labeled liberals are adding to the Democratic negative numbers… where exactly does that leave us?

I don’t think it is then a stretch to suggest that those two factors almost canel each others effects out and so the basic conclusions one can draw from the poll don’t really change.

Yes, Republicans are taking a beating over the shutdown fight. So are Democrats and the President… but the GOP is getting the worst of it.

Granted, this can be expected because of the way the media covers things (but… at some point, with all the ‘alternative’ media out there, don’t we reach a point where complaining about the media is more of a bogeyman than an actual cause for our failures?)

Long story short (too late)…

Romney (as usual) was right… we are an excessively polarized country and the “middle”, as it were, is shrinking.

What does not help conservatives is the insistence by some to become polarized within our own side. It allows the Left a perpetual plurality.

RightWay79 on October 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Hispanic voters are natural conservatives who are sure to vote against the welfare state.

sauldalinsky on October 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Is that a joke? They are the biggest supporters of Obamacare.

And, if Hispanic voters were natural conservatives, one would have thought that they would have shown it in their voting patterns in the past. They haven’t. They have voted for Democrats since the 1940s, at the latest. They didn’t even vote for Eisenhower. They didn’t even vote for Bush the Elder, who served as the Vice-President for the administration that gave them the last amnesty.

Resist We Much on October 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Is that a joke?

Resist We Much on October 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Yes.

sauldalinsky on October 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Monday 14 October is a paid Federal Holiday to honor a slave trader that never set foot on the North American Content, killed thousands of Natives and it is being celebrated in the middle of a Federal shutdown and two days before default on all government payments.
Our Government is just so Grand and Benevolent.

jpcpt03 on October 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

well, they were all ‘slave traders’ back then, show me a single so called ‘explorer’ who didn’t bring human ‘specimens’ from the ‘exotic’ places they ‘discovered’ back to Europe…as for why celebrate Columbus here, that’s mainly because the early US was fighting with England, not Spain. John Cabot is the one who actually ‘discovered’ Newfoundland(as in landed there actually) and claimed it for England (1497?? though the exact year is debatable) thus paving the way for England’s colonization of most of North America. So the American colonialists instead turned to Columbus as their hero, not England’s Cabot. Hence the capital’s name, that’s District of Columbia, not District of Cabot :) I think I too prefer the former :)..

jimver on October 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Monday 14 October is a paid Federal Holiday to honor a slave trader that never set foot on the North American Content, killed thousands of Natives and it is being celebrated in the middle of a Federal shutdown and two days before default on all government payments.

Our Government is just so Grand and Benevolent.

jpcpt03 on October 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Columus Day is, in my view, the perfect federal holiday.
It celebrates a foreigner who didn’t know where he was going when he took off, didn’t know where he was when he got there, didn’t know where he had been once he got back, and did it all with someone else’s money.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

One of his sons later wrote that the monarchs didn’t expect him to come back, which is why they made their offer to him so generous!

Del Dolemonte on October 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Hispanic voters are natural conservatives who are sure to vote against the welfare state.

sauldalinsky on October 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Not sure I would call them that-after Reagan passed his amnesty bill as President, the number of Hispanics who became Repubs barely moved.

Del Dolemonte on October 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

And, if Hispanic voters were natural conservatives, one would have thought that they would have shown it in their voting patterns in the past. They haven’t. They have voted for Democrats since the 1940s, at the latest. They didn’t even vote for Eisenhower. They didn’t even vote for Bush the Elder, who served as the Vice-President for the administration that gave them the last amnesty.

Resist We Much on October 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Think about this though – look at that same equation with respect to Catholics and Democraps (and interestingly enough, most Hispanics are Catholic). When you look at the principles of the Catholic church, you would think they should be the most conservative voters out there, and yet Catholics have voted heavily Democrat for many decades.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

The messaging from the GOP is weak and is causing people to think of them as uncaring and unlikable. If they messaged efficiently, this would change. With the ObamaCare debate, it would have been better to frame the employer waiver as the main driver. Why should big businesses get a waiver and not individuals, which this law was passed to serve? On the issue of immigration, why should we legalize illegals when we have the lowest workforce participation rate in 40 years, black unemployment sits at 13% and 80% of the jobs created under this administration being part-time workers? Do they realize that for every part time job created, that a full time employees hours were cut? With the message of education, you need to look no further than Louisiana, where this administration is suing them for daring to create vouchers for 91% of black students in failing schools. Why should they be trapped and why shouldn’t the decisions be made by the parent(s)?
Until the messaging changes, they deserve all the negativity that the Democrats and the media are throwing on them.

djaymick on October 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Columus Day is, in my view, the perfect federal holiday.
It celebrates a foreigner who didn’t know where he was going when he took off, didn’t know where he was when he got there, didn’t know where he had been once he got back, and did it all with someone else’s money.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

He actually invested his own money too in his first expedition…of course that wouldn’t bave been enough, but he did put his money where his mouth was…and in fact, all explorers were funded by one European crown or the other, why do yout think they sent them tnere to begin with, cross-cultural communication? :)…

jimver on October 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

One of his sons later wrote that the monarchs didn’t expect him to come back, which is why they made their offer to him so generous!

Del Dolemonte on October 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Ya – which kind of touches on the reality of Columbus’ courage in making that initial voyage. The serious truth is he had a hypothesis for where he might end up, but he really did not know what they were actually going to find – if anything – so he was in reality risking his life (and his crews of course) to attempt to prove his theory. They just didn’t expect thee to be 2 whole continents in the way.
And many people of that era seriously thought he would actually fall off the edge of the earth.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

From the Gallup / Ventura thread, where I stated that my post was mostly just an old joke:

I figured it probably was. And it is funny, on its own. In serial with that drivel from jpcpt it came across a little bit toxic, though. But I treated his post differently than yours.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

jpcpt03′s post looks like the politically correct (but factually incorrect) garbage the libtards are pushing in our schools these days.
I just chose to respond with a bit of humor.
My wife and I have had some major discussions with our boys over some of this garbage from the schools – like Columbus being a genocidal maniac. Despite what they push in the schools these days, Columbus was not the worst person in history – from ANY part of the world; and the natives of this hemisphere were NOT totally passive, peace-loving, love-your-enemies, coexist types either.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Zero’s popularity will tank, now that there is proof he was involved in the IRS scandal:

http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/10/irs-white-house-officials-that-shared-confidential-taxpayer-info-had-155-white-house-meetings/

Obama is a fraudulent president.

dogsoldier on October 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

2014, most all out, out, out.

If this charade is real then Pelosi deserves the hammer.

Schadenfreude on October 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

It’s amazing how adamantly you guys will dismiss any poll you do not like but hold any one that you do like up as the absolute gospel that MUST be paid attention to and adhered too.

When Obamacare was passed the majority of polls showed a pretty even split of in favor/not in favor, gravitating anywhere between 40-60% in favor/against in all the varying polls taken over its time of debate.

And you guys used THOSE polls as GOSPEL to say “The American people are against this!!! So you can’t do it!!!”

When polls go against you guys, the hard core conservatives though(and drastically more so in the negative direction), “Eh, polls are meaningless, all propaganda. The American people are stupid. Who cares what the polls say?”

It’s hypocrisy at its finest.

But tell me, if the country is majority conservative and agrees with you and your AM radio, why do you score the absolute lowest out of anyone in regards to approval ratings? Why hasn’t there been the groundswell of support for the shutdown tactics like you were hoping for?

Could it be that maybe, just maybe, you’ve been lines about your size and popularity by people who’s sole job is to tell you what you want to hear, and that you’ve held on to it all as tightly as you can because it IS what you wanted to hear?

Nah… Of course not.

I for one, cannot wait for your rude awakening. I want to see the Conservative party form and abandon the republicans so bad I can taste it. I dare you. Of course, you’ll still just blame everyone else for your failures, but we’ll all know the truth and your delusions of grandeur will finally be squashed.

People want a functioning adult government. Not this bs we’ve got now. For some reason you all can’t accept that though.

Genuine on October 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

A poll of 1,227 people? That’s almost .0004% of the population! This must be important!

I’m sure cherry-picking poll results and blowing them out of proportion had nothing to do with the Presidential election catching Hot Air with its pants down.

Constantine on October 11, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Genuine on October 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Man, you’re boring…

jimver on October 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

To say that the voters don’t approve of Republicans these days is like saying that mice disapprove of cats. The GOP is at the lowest point of any party in the history of polls!

MJBrutus on October 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

To say that the voters don’t approve of Republicans these days is like saying that mice disapprove of cats. The GOP is at the lowest point of any party in the history of polls!

MJBrutus on October 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Actually, that makes total sense.
The libtards hate Republicans because of all the lies they’re told by the Dems and the media, and the conservatives hate the Republican party, or at least the RINO establishment part (which is most of it now) because they’re caving in to the Dems.

dentarthurdent on October 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

You do not get 20% numbers unless your own base does not like you.

Of course, what Republicans will take away from this is exactly what they should not take away. They should take away that they need to get their base on their side, but what they will do is work to sideline the base yet again and capitulate and give the democrats everything.

Let It Burn, add fuel as required to make sure it is done.

astonerii on October 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

And when you consider that the poll was probably weighted (D) this is really, really bad news. The press is doing the same thing with the polling now as they were during the campaign last year. They’re skewed to tell a story!

Boats48 on October 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Got pulled to task by some about Columbus Day. That is good. This hit is really to the Government. Should we be having a paid holiday in the middle of a shutdown facing a fiscal failure? To celibate a person that had nothing to do with us?

jpcpt03 on October 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM