Poll: Republicans take lead on Congressional generic ballot

posted at 10:01 pm on November 13, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

An 11-point swing in favor of Republicans from last month’s Fox News poll:

What a difference a couple weeks makes. Republicans have a slim three-point advantage when Americans are asked about their vote preference for Congress in the latest Fox News poll. That’s an 11 percentage-point shift from last month when Democrats had an 8-point edge.

The poll finds “if the Congressional election were held today,” 43 percent of voters would back the Republican in their district and 40 percent the Democratic candidate.

That’s a reversal from last month when 45 percent backed the Democratic candidate and 37 percent the Republican (October 20-22, 2013).

Wow:

Adding to the dismal news from the Q poll on the honesty question, here are President Obama’s numbers from the Fox poll:

Half of voters believe President Obama “knowingly lied” when he repeatedly told Americans they could keep their plans under his signature health care law…

Seventy-nine percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 22 percent of Democrats believe Obama knowingly lied to get the law passed.

Furthermore, a 59-percent majority believes the administration knew ahead of time that people would be kicked off their insurance because of the law, and 55 percent think the White House has “tried to deceive” people about it. Some 38 percent say the administration has “been honest.”

The lack of trust extends to Obama’s recent apology to Americans losing their insurance because of Obamacare. While 38 percent of voters believe the apology was sincere, many more — 58 percent — feel it was “mostly for political reasons.”

On that point, another wow:

The Q poll had Republicans and Democrats tied on the generic ballot.

Remember when Democrats were going to run on Obamacare in 2014? Remember when the government shut down was going to bequeath unto Democrats permanent majorities from now until the end of time?

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Obamacare is the great uniter.

thebrokenrattle on November 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Legacy. Indeed. What. A. Fraud!!!!

Remember when?

Key West Reader on November 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

The lack of trust extends to Obama’s recent apology to Americans losing their insurance because of Obamacare.

He didn’t apologise for them losing their insurance because of Obamacare. He ‘apologised’ for Americans losing their insurance because they relied upon his assurances.

He’s not really upset that they’ve lost their insurance. He’s just sorry that those that lost their insurance are pissed off at him.

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Remember when Democrats were going to run on Obamacare in 2014?

You mean Sunday?

blammm on November 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Nobody snatched defeat from the jaws of victory like Republicans.

famous amos on November 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Oh don’t be such a worry-wart Dems, you know you’re dealing with the Stupid Party. Heck, they’ll probably start talking about voting on an Amnesty bill or just some general ticking off of their base or some such garbage right before the elections.

Ukiah on November 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Rep. Mike Doyle of Pittsburgh, an influential member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee told the administration officials that he would vote for the GOP bill if they couldn’t come up with better reasons for him to back the president, portending a dam-breaking vote on Friday if the White House can’t find a way to repair the damage it has suffered within the Democratic Caucus. He further suggested that if the White House can’t get the website fixed in time, the president will irreversibly lose the public’s trust on Obamacare, according to a source who was present.

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), like Doyle a member of Pelosi’s inner circle, complained about White House efforts to portray insurance cancellation notices as affecting just a small percentage of the population.

“You say it’s only 5 percent,” Eshoo told Simas and Hatch, “but it is much more than 5 percent in my district.”

Dana Bash, CNN’s chief congressional reporter, reported that Democratic aides on the Hill have told her the president’s allies in the House will be forced to support a GOP proposal on Friday to reduce the pain felt by millions of people losing insurance if the White House does not provide them with another option.

“The reaction on the Hill to these dismal numbers that were released – these initial numbers – a lot of Republicans I’m sure were saying ‘I told you so,’” CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asserted. “But Democrats were pretty disappointed, too.”

“Absolutely, they were disappointed,” Bash agreed. She revealed that Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) told her “the numbers were very low and disappointing” and “it’s bad.”

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Can some younger GOP members of Congress please make free market arguments to younger Americans. BIG Government driven, centralized, top down, authoritarian solutions are the opposite of how younger people live their lives.

Charlemagne on November 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

This PresentDuncy is Over.

Joe Biden

Ugh

Key West Reader on November 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I say Advise the fish-eyed fool preznit he don’t got no Consent.

viking01 on November 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

The terrorists are winning???

faraway on November 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

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The vote on the Upton bill should be delayed … but do not announce the delay until Friday morning.

Why give Democrats ANY political cover … yet.

Let them stew over the weekend while they consider what they will face when they go home to their districts for Thanksgiving.

This will also undermine Reid’s ability to play legislative games with the House bill … if the House doesn’t pass it, he can’t do sh1t.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senators will be getting more desperate …

PolAgnostic on November 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Time to write another autobiography, Barack.

kcewa on November 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Time to write another autobiography, Barack.

kcewa on November 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Dreams From My Presidency: A Story, well, no a lie actually

faraway on November 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Time to boost the fundraising…See ya – Preezy 404 Error

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Seditionizerists! Burn them all!

As for the vid, I’m not clicking on anything linked to that jackalope.

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Face it, These numbers are not just about Obamacare. They reflect a crisis in trust when it comes to the government. The kind of crisis last seen with Watergate. It took longer because we are more jaded but that is where we are. IMO the tipping point was the non-response to the years of lying about being able to keep our health plan. It will be affirmed when we can not keep our doctor and don’t save $2500.

I’m not saying there is the will to impeach the rat-eared bastard but Dem politicians will literally flee from events where they might be expected the same stage.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Republicans have a slim three-point advantage when Americans are asked about their vote preference for Congress in the latest Fox News poll. That’s an 11 percentage-point shift from last month when Democrats had an 8-point edge.

Historically, and even in 2009 before the tsunami in 2010, Republicans always are way behind in the generic congressional polls. In fact, this may be the first time in recorded memory that they are shown as leading, particularly this far ahead of the election.

Couple that with the employers — who Obama gave a mandate-delay to — that will be reporting in September 2014 the dumping of some 70 million employees from company-provided/supported insurance into the exchanges beginning in 2015, it may mean the wiping out of the entire Democratic Party, from the top all the way down. This is huge news, and I guarantee you there are some major panties in a panic on the D aisle tonight.

Let them twist, writhing, in the wind!

TXUS on November 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Saw Senator Cruz on tv today. Was his usual steady measured self.

I hope, after being so villified, he is feeling a little vindicated.

marybel on November 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Soon: Democrats shutdown government to stop the bleeding.

kcewa on November 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Barack Obama: Fellow Goa’uld … I mean fellow Democrats … we can transform a nation. We have the political power. We have the MSM. We have the IRS. We have the DHS. We have the NSA. We have the HHS. We have the lies. We have the Six Hundred Million Dollar Dysfunctional 404 Glitch Site. We have the capability to create the world’s first Zombie Nation. America will be that nation. Much better for us than it ever was before. Dumber, weaker, poorer, more dependent, more beaten down, more unhealthy and more subservient.

VorDaj on November 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Saw Senator Cruz on tv today. Was his usual steady measured self.

I hope, after being so villified, he is feeling a little vindicated.

marybel on November 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM

It’s because of Cruz that the democrats own this in the eyes of the public.

kcewa on November 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

The leftist Depends are overflowing as we speak.

Dick Durbin actually rode into work today in the back of a dump truck to catch it all.

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

All hail, Pharoah Misanthrope.

VorDaj on November 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Soon: Democrats shutdown government to stop the bleeding.

kcewa on November 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Because Barry-carding the WWII monument again stops the insurance cancellations?

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Senator Cruz should be walking around the Capitol building wearing a tee-shirt that says “I tried to warn you” on the front and “b1tches” on the back.

Defenestratus on November 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

President Obama is going to have to composite the crap out of this chapter in his memoirs.

myrenovations on November 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I’d like to revisit something I mention quite some time ago.

When I was on university campuses following Obama’s election in 2008 I saw several students who had actually gotten the Obama logo tattooed on their person.

There was a girl who had it on her ankle. A young man who had it on his upper bicep. Another with it on his shoulder. And a girl who had it on the center of her lower back, just above the top of her jeans… and those were only the one’s I saw.

I’m wondering, at this point, how many are ponying up the several thousand dollars for the minimum of 9 laser sessions to remove those tattoos, since turquoise ink is among the most difficult to remove.

Seems like a bumper sticker is a far wiser choice.

Experience, as it has oft been said, is the best teacher. LOL!

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I can’t get over my feeling that the Republicans will blow it. John McCain went from calling Cruz names to demanding repeal of Obamacare. He’s probably whipping together a Gang of ____ to fix everything as his springboard into his next presidential campaign.

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Defenestratus on November 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

+ One Trillion

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM

You know… given the rise in the popularity of the GOP over this among disaffected Democrats… I think we’re going to need a bigger tent…a much, much, bigger tent.

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Now is time for the GOP to step it up.We can bury the Democrat Party and wrap them around Barry’s neck, if the GOP has the balls that is, don’t count on it.

jeffinsjvca on November 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Wasn’t long ago that King Barack was telling his fellow Democrats “Don’t worry, you have ME!”

GarandFan on November 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Senator Cruz should be walking around the Capitol building wearing a tee-shirt that says “I tried to warn you” on the front and “b1tches” on the back.
Defenestratus on November 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I’m glad Senator Cruz has more class – and political acumen – than to do somerhing so crude….

But in my secret thoughts, I very much like the visual.

marybel on November 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Senator Cruz should be walking around the Capitol building wearing a tee-shirt that says “I tried to warn you” on the front and “b1tches” on the back.

Defenestratus on November 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I prefer the “I’m With Stupid” t-shirt for whenever he gets put on air with McCain or Graham.

blammm on November 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Out: Camelot

In: FailaLot

faraway on November 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

This poster of Cruz is from the Planned Parenthood website. It was supposed to be an attack ad. Looks pretty good now!

kcewa on November 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Remember when the govt shutdown burned into the minds of all voters that Republicans were against Obamacare?

Thank you ted Cruz and to a lesser extent, Boehner!

FreeManOtis on November 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Agreed. The GOP can still screw this “gimme” up.

Bmore on November 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Senator Cruz should be walking around the Capitol building wearing a tee-shirt that says “I tried to warn you” on the front and “b1tches” on the back.
Defenestratus on November 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Lolz! How do you know he isn’t? ; )

Bmore on November 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

thatsafactjack on November 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

On the week after Obama’s election in 2008, I had all the feral hogs we’d trapped over the last month or so before then — we have a constant flow of ferals on the ranch — branded with the Obama logo and then released, for the deer hunting season. Anyone who shot a branded hog during the season got a bottle of Courvoisier and a box of fine Dominican cigars. My idea of a redneck protest.

TXUS on November 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

By the way, I suspect Ted Cruz going on the Tonight Show was a plus.

America got to see that he was articulate and did not have horns sticking out of his head.

KirknBurker on November 14, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I’m sure the GOP elite consultants like Eric “Etch-A-Sketch” Fehrnstrom are advising all the Republicans to never use the word ‘lie’.

Wigglesworth on November 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

What does Rove & Co learn from an 11 point swing after 6 weeks of ‘do nothing’? Moar Nothing!!

socalcon on November 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Well, you know, Cindy, everyone he talks to wants him to run. By everyone, Maverick means – his Dem friends.

socalcon on November 14, 2013 at 8:46 AM

It’s fitting that the legacy of the most apparently incompetent president is this train-wreck that I call (c)ACA (when libs complain that “Obamacare” is racist).

Axeman on November 14, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Oh, and this is a good occasion to remember that when Joe Wilson broke decorum and shouted “You lie!” it was about Abominablecare.

Axeman on November 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Legacy. Indeed. What. A. Fraud!!!!

Remember when?

Key West Reader on November 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Back in 2008-2009, HotAir commenter “TheBigOldDog” kept a running list and kept adding to it as new similarities came to light…

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — Santayana

* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audiences – Check
* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise – Check
* Creates his own new symbols of power – Check
* Associates with racists, hatemongers and violent radicals – Check
* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light – Check
* Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalitarian nations – Check (see German campaign poster for example)
* Wants Secret Police force – Check
* Somebody powerful people think they can control – Check
* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents – Check
* Seeks to replace God with the State – Check
* People adopting his name as their own – Check
* Inspires adoration art – Check
* Appropriates symbols of past German glory – Check
* Never plans on giving up power – Check (Obama to be president for the next “eight to 10 years”)
* A narcissistic megalomaniac – Check
* Brazenly Takes credit for other people’s accomplishments – Check
* Wants to build “youth” movement through Universal National State service – Check
* Acts as if in power before he is – Check
* Some followers believe him to be divine – Check
* Worshiped and aided greatly by the media – Check
* Has his own salute – Check
* Has thuggish supporters intimdating political opponents – Check
* Using the power of the State to silence critics – Check

TheBigOldDog on September 27, 2008 at 7:20 PM

That was all BEFORE Obama was elected.

Less than three months into Obama’s first term, the list had grown to also include:

* Songs written to glorify him performed by children – Check
* Takes control of large comapnies and the economy as a whole – Check
* Attacks the very business leaders who supported his rise once in power – Check

TheBigOldDog on April 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM

And about a year ago, on the post:

Finally: The Obama Spangled Banner
posted at 2:30 pm on March 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I suggested that TheBigOldDog’s list should be amended to now include:

Followers fly a flag with his image – Check

Pay attention to history, and see these flags.

If anyone thinks that what happened in the Third Reich could never happen here… Think again.

ITguy on November 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The lack of trust extends to Obama’s recent apology to Americans losing their insurance because of Obamacare.

He didn’t apologise for them losing their insurance because of Obamacare. He ‘apologised’ for Americans losing their insurance because they relied upon his assurances.

He’s not really upset that they’ve lost their insurance. He’s just sorry that those that lost their insurance are pissed off at him.

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I like how Phyllis Schlafly explained it:

Contrary to reports by the media, Obama did not apologize for lying to the American people. He did not say he was sorry for lying to us. He said he is “sorry” that some people find themselves in a “situation” based on his “assurances” that were “not as clear as we needed to be.”

That’s tantamount to saying it’s our fault that we misunderstood. In fact, Obama did make it perfectly “clear” that we could keep our health insurance and our doctor. He did not say he was sorry for giving us false assurances.

Obama’s assurances were as clear as could be.

And when others doubted Obama’s promise that you would be able to keep your plan, Obama went out of his way to slowly, clearly emphasize exactly what he meant.

As Resist We Much has duly noted, Obama promised you could choose to keep your plan, and if you CHOSE to get the so-called “better” Obamacare plan, it would be 14% to 20% CHEAPER!

THE PRESIDENT: …
One thing, Jon, you shook your head when I said that people would be able to choose the better plan because the notion was, well, people are mandated. Actually, any insurance that you currently have would be grandfathered in so you could keep it. And so you could decide not to get in the exchange the better plan — I could keep my Acme insurance, just a high-deductible catastrophic plan — I would not be required to get the better one. If I chose to get the better one, it would be 14 to 20 percent cheaper than if I were going into the individual market. I just wanted to clarify that issue.

http://www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=gdj5bEXZ_0E&s=4368&e=4405

Full Transcript at WhiteHouse.gov

ITguy on November 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I like how Phyllis Schlafly explained it:

Here’s the link to Phyllis Schlafly’s column:

http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/president-lied-to-us.html

ITguy on November 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

With all this deliciousness going around, is anyone else concerned about the popcorn harvest this fall? I’m wondering if they’re going to be able to keep up with conservative demand!

dominigan on November 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Cruz should be wearing a shirt that says ‘I told ya so’ on the front and donate to my website on the back. He knew he couldn’t stop the law, that the votes weren’t there but he sure did put it on the front burner in a big way(see shutdown) on the very day of the rollout. CK must have been too busy writing his book to figure that out.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Of course dear leader lied to get re-elected. He had nothing else of consequence to run on. The economy was still in the tank, more people were unemployed no matter how he conned the figures and small businesses were closing every day. Besides that, his lips were moving and he had to read the extended version of the disclaimer from notes to get it correctly.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

What I want to know is do the people who say “maybe if we throw more money at it” care that this was passed with BUDGET RECONCILIATION rules!?!?

Let’s pass a law without funding and call it “budget neutral” and then let’s pass the funding totally separate deal!–for that law because “it’s the Law of the Land, now”, and so many people we hurt by this crap sandwich are hurting now, that we just need to fix it.

How is it Americans have become so blind to being royally shafted?

And they have to lose their healthcare to see it coming???????

I feel sorry for all the people who have lost healthcare and will lose healthcare to see what was in this law. But dammit people, use a little more vigilance the next time!

Axeman on November 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

One week too late to have won in Virginia.

51 weeks too early to matter when it counts in 2014.

Still time to screw the pooch on this.

The vote tomorrow will be the commencement of that process.

Carnac on November 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM