About that border crisis poll that shows Obama more trusted than the GOP…

posted at 9:21 am on July 15, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll will be setting the narrative for the rest of the day, and that narrative is not an especially good one for Republicans. While Americans are not happy with the president’s approach to the border crisis, this poll suggests that the public is even less happy with Republicans and want the GOP to pass the president’s $3.7 billion supplemental package to deal with the situation on the southern border immediately.

Overall, 33 percent of respondents said they approve of the president’s handling of the humanitarian disaster on the border while 58 percent disapprove. Those are terrible numbers, but they look better in comparison to congressional Republicans.

Of congressional Republicans, 66 percent disapprove of their handling of the border crisis while only 23 percent approve. A majority, 53 percent, support Obama’s proposed emergency spending package billed as being designed to “provide care for these children while their deportation cases are heard” and “speed their deportation hearings and to increase border security.”

It looks like the GOP is in a terrible position from these topline results. Why the pollster even thought to ask respondents about how the Republicans in Congress are handling the border crisis is a mystery if not for a desire to contrast the president against a more unpopular foil. A glance at the data, however, suggests that the president’s approach to the border crisis is in a far worse position with the American public.

Republicans in Congress, who receive poor marks from nearly two-thirds of the public, can attribute some of that antipathy to their own voters. “Almost as many Republicans disapprove of their party’s handling of the issue as say they approve, with negative ratings rising to a majority among conservatives,” reads The Post’s write up of the poll. 48 percent approve of the GOP’s approach to the crisis while 45 percent disapprove.

Only 22 percent of independents and 9 percent of Democrats approve of the GOP’s approach to the crisis. The president, meanwhile, maintains the support of 57 percent of Democrats who approve of his approach to the border crisis. 12 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of independents agree. If the GOP maintained the intraparty unity that Obama benefits from, their numbers would look similar to the president’s.

More interestingly, support for Obama’s handling of the crisis across racial demographics is shockingly weak. Only 27 percent of whites support his approach compared to 66 percent who oppose it. Just 55 percent of African-Americans back the president’s approach to this crisis – an unusually low finding for a demographic whose approval of the president Gallup currently pegs at 84 percent. Finally, a majority of Latinos – 54 percent – disapprove of Obama’s handling of the border crisis. Only 40 percent support his approach.

As for the support of the supplemental package, it is unclear why anyone would oppose it based on both the wording of the proposal put to voters in this survey and the absence of an alternative. Without a counter proposal, the fact that throwing money at a problem – money aimed at providing medical care to needy children, no less – only received 53 percent support is striking.

But digging into the numbers here is also instructive. Among registered voters, as opposed to all adults, 2 percentage points shifts from support to opposition (51/45). Two-thirds of self-described Democrats support the proposal along with 51 percent of independents.

35 percent of self-identified Republicans back the proposal. The most opposition to the plan comes from those who identify as “conservative Republican.” Among this group, only 29 percent support the supplemental package while 66 percent oppose it.

In a crisis, and the situation at the border is a crisis, a plan always beats no plan. Right now, while it is imperfect and many do not trust that the federal government will carry out the deportation of the majority of the unaccompanied migrant children at the conclusion of their expedited deportation hearings, the proposed supplemental package remains the only option on the table to deal with an acute catastrophe.

Why this pollster decided to gauge the nation’s opinion of how congressional Republicans have handled this situation, I have no idea. Beyond the fact that it serves to conveniently remind the public that the GOP is, as ever, more unpopular than Obama – a refrain you will hear for the rest of the day.


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I think that Obama’s manufactured border crisis is going to test and break the Limbaugh Theorem.

It’s Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s fault, and there is no avoiding it. And the People do NOT want amnesty, and will retaliate against any politician that supports it.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM

A joke of a poll since NO ONE knows what is in the plan!

aniptofar on July 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Republican leaders are AWOL. No doubt they are quietly scheming on how to surrender while claiming they are getting tough with Obama.

Wigglesworth on July 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I love that whenever a poll is bad for the GOP or bad for the DNC blogs from from both spectrum always have this need to dig in and analyze and show it’s not as bad as it seems. All it tells me is that it is bad and they are trying to make people feel better. Readers are not children and they don’t need bad news sugar coating.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Push harder.

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Rothman=GOPe propaganda tool.

Mr. Arrogant on July 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

So , impeachment is on, Noah Rove-man?

the_nile on July 15, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Breitbart has many great pieces on this border crisis, HA not so much.

Wigglesworth on July 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

In a crisis, and the situation at the border is a crisis, a plan always beats no plan.

And Noah, does this mean you’re on board with “The Plan?”

Walter L. Newton on July 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I think the Hippocratic oath applies:

“First, do no harm”

No plan is better than a bad plan

Lord Whorfin on July 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Right now, . . . the proposed supplemental package remains the only option on the table to deal with an acute catastrophe.

I guess Mr. Rothman is not familiar with the bill introduced by Cornyn and Cuellar? Perhaps he should read (or even glance at) Hot Air now and then.

Syzygy on July 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

More bad polls with the Dems looking safe in Senate races in MI and CO, according to the NBC polls out today. And before anyone says don’t believe the polls, they did very well in their 2012 state polls in the Presidential race.

For whatever reason, Obama’s unpopularity is not translating to any sense of the public wanting to give power to the GOP instead.

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 9:40 AM

How do we know that there are no alternatives to “the plan”? A Republican could be yelling at the top of his lungs, sitting in Lincoln’s lap at the Lincoln Memorial and the media would not pay attention.

I also blame right leaning blogs for the lack of education of the voter. They are content to be preaching to the choir while the left gets it’s message out.

Vince on July 15, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Why wouldn’t that money be used to send people back?

Dongemaharu on July 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

How many people polled actually know what the 3.7 billion is going to be spent on?

“Yes I think we should spend money on the crisis.” 3 billion, 10 billion, 20 billion…. Doesn’t matter. People simply think money will fix it. Therefore they will feel better and think that it is being dealt with. What’s actually in the spending bill? Will it even work? Are there other options? Who has time for these types of questions? The Kardashians are on……

jjjdad on July 15, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Build the damn fence.

Then we can talk.

IndieDogg on July 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM

A joke of a poll since NO ONE knows what is in the plan!

aniptofar on July 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Obama has done this before, speechifying about a “plan” or a “bill” with no specifics (Limbaugh Theorem).

Remember the “Pass this bill right away” theatrics of 2011? He went round the country browbeating Republicans to pass “this bill” (which he never specified at all) “right away”?

Now it’s “give me this 4 billion dollars… right away”.

This President has not earned that kind of trust. Indeed, the opposite is true.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Don’t blame me

The lsm doing their best to help dear leader

Good lapdogs

cmsinaz on July 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM

The Buffalo News front page headline below the fold:

“Obama enjoys good food, company and conversation”

mjbrooks3 on July 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

So what is the “Rothman Plan” Spend $4B so Obama and the public will like the GOP or something?

That $4B demand from Obama does not realistically the root causes of the the problem but God forbid passing a common sense approach when an effing WaPo poll says that the public is clamoring for expediting getting those empathy bears and soccer balls to the filty invaders on our borders!

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The Buffalo News front page headline below the fold:

“Obama enjoys good food, company and conversation”
mjbrooks3 on July 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Sounds like you wandered on e-harmony by mistake. Not that I would blame a little extracurricular activities when you look at the disgusting vile Yeti Obama’s married to.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

This poll is just as reliable as the one you posted last week that came from Tokyo Rove’s firm that said most in the GOP want Shamnesty.

See how that works.

Polls are for strippers and cross country skiers.

Jayrae on July 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Noah Rothman’s amateur punditry hour!

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

This poll is just as reliable as the one you posted last week that came from Tokyo Rove’s firm that said most in the GOP want Shamnesty.

See how that works.

Polls are for strippers and cross country skiers.

Jayrae on July 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Not this poll-denying nonsense again.

How did you not learn your lesson after 2012?

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Yeah, well when you’ve got asshats like Laura Ingraham (who is now opposed to ALL immigration, not just illegal immigration) blaming the GOP for this crisis, it’s a bit difficult to see how the GOP can win. I am so sick of agitators like Laura deflecting blame from Obama where it belongs. Here’s a clue for you all as to who is among those behind the swarm of minors overwhelming the system. Remember when the Obamas visited fasting illegal immigration activists at the National Mall? Do you know the name Eliseo Medina? Former SEIU guy? Coincidentally his twitter feed is all about blaming the GOP for this. (https://twitter.com/SEIU_Eliseo) Google his name for more. Among other sources, Discover the Networks has a dossier on him. If your intuition tells you this invasion was coordinated by Obama’s comrades in the world of Community Organizers you’re probably right. I guarantee you not a single one of these activists are in the Republican Party.

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Without a counter proposal, the fact that throwing money at a problem – money aimed at providing medical care to needy children, no less – only received 53 percent support is striking.

Mr Rothman,

I think it has been more than proven that you’re very much mistaken that there are alternatives to throwing money at the problem in a hapazard and irresponsible way.

And by the way this isn’t “let’s make a deal” where the White House thows out a plan and the only choices Congress has is to accept it or throw out a plan that is a counter proposal. You might have missed it on Schoolhouse Rock but Congress is a co-equal branch of government. They may well define and address the problem of those filthy invaders that do not involve spending billions coddling the illegals and virtually nothing to address the underlying causes.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Why this pollster decided to gauge the nation’s opinion of how congressional Republicans have handled this situation, I have no idea. Beyond the fact that it serves to conveniently remind the public that the GOP is, as ever, more unpopular than Obama – a refrain you will hear for the rest of the day.

Truth hurts.

libfreeordie on July 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Not this poll-denying nonsense again.

How did you not learn your lesson after 2012?

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Did you forget your sarc tag, fishy? Romney himself was supposed to be a shoo-in for ’12. And now we’re the HotAir pundits are discussing whether he should bother running again. Polls?

/PTOOEY

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Perhaps he should read (or even glance at) Hot Air now and then.

Syzygy on July 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

He’s to busy tweeting about how stupid the people who read Hot air are.

oscarwilde on July 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

When are we all going to quit biting around the edges and address what the REAL problem is with the GOP? It’s the problem that we should all know of, but are afraid to even talk about.

Okay, I’ll go ahead and say it: the Republicans are scared to death to oppose Obama on just about every issue because of his skin color and they don’t want to be accused of racism. There it is. That’s it in a nutshell.

Also, any thoughts of impeachment of Obama? Are you kidding? The Republicans would never, ever, want to attempt to impeach the first black president. Not going to happen.

Furthermore, they’re also scared to death of the certain riots that would ensue nationwide if they were to attempt to impeach him.

Okay. I said it.

Bob Davis on July 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM

How is the public going to feel when the NEXT

TarheelBen on July 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

When are we all going to quit biting around the edges and address what the REAL problem is with the GOP? It’s the problem that we should all know of, but are afraid to even talk about.

Okay, I’ll go ahead and say it: the Republicans are scared to death to oppose Obama on just about every issue because of his skin color and they don’t want to be accused of racism. There it is. That’s it in a nutshell.

Also, any thoughts of impeachment of Obama? Are you kidding? The Republicans would never, ever, want to attempt to impeach the first black president. Not going to happen.

Furthermore, they’re also scared to death of the certain riots that would ensue nationwide if they were to attempt to impeach him.

Okay. I said it.

Bob Davis on July 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM

That’s one explanation. I’m not so charitable, though. What you call fear, I call progressivism, plain and simple. The GOP doesn’t oppose Obama because that’s not their goal and never has been.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

WaPo is desperate to make the Demos and the Choom Gang look good.

formwiz on July 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

“The public” has already shown repeatedly that their opinions deserve no respect.

abobo on July 15, 2014 at 10:06 AM

How is the public going to feel when the NEXT 60,000 kids get here, and Obama needs ANOTHER 4 billion to deal with them?

TarheelBen on July 15, 2014 at 10:06 AM

How about this example of the Left’s whitewash of Cesar Chavez?
http://spectator.org/articles/59956/cesar-chavez-anti-immigration-his-union-core

onlineanalyst on July 15, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Right now, . . . the proposed supplemental package remains the only option on the table to deal with an acute catastrophe.

I guess Mr. Rothman is not familiar with the bill introduced by Cornyn and Cuellar? Perhaps he should read (or even glance at) Hot Air now and then.

Syzygy on July 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Could be because he was pre-occupied proof-reading his own post…or not:

Why the pollster even thought to ask how respondents about how the Republicans in Congress are handling the border crisis is a mystery

Republican in Congress, who receive poor marks from nearly two-thirds of the public,

More interestingly, support Obama’s handling of the crisis across racial demographics is shockingly weak.

the proposal loses 2 points shifts from support to opposition (51/45).

Barnestormer on July 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Barnestormer on July 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Maybe Rothman needs to go back to editing his alma mater’s school rag. *I* can get paid to do this kind of shit.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:09 AM

#ShunNoah

faraway on July 15, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Truth hurts.

libfreeordie on July 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Yes, such a wonderful truth for Obama where he gets a dismal 33% approval rating in this poll on how he’s handling the situation. Rothman is wasting his time parsing this crap because no one will be voting against Republicans come November. They will be voting against a moron in the WH that turns everything he touches to shiite. You can fantasize this is a win for the Feckless Wonder all you want, but Obama has the authority to put an end to this clusterfark almost immediately and he chooses not to. That is what voters will remember come November.

Too bad being stoned doesn’t hurt.

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

How do you want to celebrate the fast approaching anniversary of the above? With a continued cowardly refusal to address your own ignorance?

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

In a crisis, and the situation at the border is a crisis, a plan always beats no plan.

And BTW, sometimes no plan is the plan.

In this case, let us see a serious plan that puts border security first. If these filthy invaders are coming over the border and turning themselves in, who is coming over and is not? Mexican drug cartels? Terrorists? Not everybody is arriving in Obama shoes seeking a teddy bear and a cot.

Unless, of course, somebody can explain what these innocent “children” are doing with Muslim prayer rugs and Urdu dictionaries. Where stupid people clutch their pearls and only see a humanitarian problem that can be “fixed” by irresponsibly spending on bigger facilities for the invaders, I see a national security threat that needs to be addressed first.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Rothman is wasting his time parsing this crap because no one will be voting against Republicans come November.

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

A few of us won’t be voting for Republicans come November either. But you go right on ahead and take my vote for granted.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

… it serves to conveniently remind the public that the GOP is, as ever, more unpopular than Obama – a refrain you will hear for the rest of the day …

With Noah Rothman’s generous help.
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So, when does Rothman’s probationary period end? Does Hot Air plan on keeping him around?

Pork-Chop on July 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM

So, when does Rothman’s probationary period end? Does Hot Air plan on keeping him around?

Pork-Chop on July 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM

God, I hope not. But probably will.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The people who disapprove of the Republicans’ handling of the border crisis are as gullible as the people who believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act protects patients and provides affordable care. Do they really believe that the money will be used to expedite the processing and deportation of these illegals, or do they simply fall for the nice sounding words?

Kritikal on July 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Yes, such a wonderful truth for Obama where he gets a dismal 33% approval rating in this poll on how he’s handling the situation. Rothman is wasting his time parsing this crap because no one will be voting against Republicans come November. They will be voting against a moron in the WH that turns everything he touches to shiite. You can fantasize this is a win for the Feckless Wonder all you want, but Obama has the authority to put an end to this clusterfark almost immediately and he chooses not to. That is what voters will remember come November.

Voters will be choosing between a Republican and Democrat in November. So if the Dems are less unpopular than the GOP, that’s who wins. People have to get a grip on what the reality of the situation is.

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

The people who disapprove of the Republicans’ handling of the border crisis are as gullible as the people who believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act protects patients and provides affordable care. Do they really believe that the money will be used to expedite the processing and deportation of these illegals, or do they simply fall for the nice sounding words?

Kritikal on July 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I’d be a little more apt to support Republicans on immigration issues if it didn’t seem like the GOP was just waiting on the soonest opportunity to jump on amnesty like a starving squirrel would jump on the last nut on earth.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

People have to get a grip on what the reality of the situation is.

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

The reality of the situation is that the GOP is not your friend. America’s absolute refusal to “get a grip” on the reality of that situation will be the death of us.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Methinks these are the groups who are behind this surge of unaccompanied minors. How many Congressional Republicans belong to these groups do you think? I’m thinking —->zero<—–but I welcome evidence to the contrary. (http://fast4families.org/sponsors/)

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

A few of us won’t be voting for Republicans come November either. But you go right on ahead and take my vote for granted.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

If you look up and squint maybe you can just barely make out the point as it sails overhead.

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Rothman needs an editor, even if it’s just for syntax and spelling. How Salem and Hot Air could be proud of this is just mind-boggling. Of course, Rothman will never read this so he’ll never update the post.

ExpressoBold on July 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Voters will be choosing between a Republican and Democrat in November. So if the Dems are less unpopular than the GOP, that’s who wins. People have to get a grip on what the reality of the situation is.

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

politics are local, sport.

HumpBot Salvation on July 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Methinks these are the groups who are behind this surge of unaccompanied minors. How many Congressional Republicans belong to these groups do you think? I’m thinking —->zero<—–but I welcome evidence to the contrary. (http://fast4families.org/sponsors/)

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

That has precisely SQUAT to do with whether the GOP is interested in enforcing the laws on the books. If a politician expects my vote, the burden of proof is on THEM to show me they have my best interests in mind.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Voters will be choosing between a Republican and Democrat in November. So if the Dems are less unpopular than the GOP, that’s who wins. People have to get a grip on what the reality of the situation is.

mypalfish on July 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Yeah, no.

The dems are just about always less unpopular in these generic polls on the House, but you miss the point just like gryphon does. The only thing that matters in this poll is just how underwater Obama is. Congress is always underwater in these polls, but Obama is the executive with no clothes. Polling on congressional popularity is pointless because it represents what people think of the other guy; the guy they don’t vote for. And because of that the results tend to mirror people’s overall trust or distrust in government at any given moment.

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

No more voting for RINOS who are supporting AMNESTY for the 30 MILLION Illegals who are already here.

Realdemocrat1 on July 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Congress is less popular on this matter because Republicans want the madness stopped and nothing is being done by them to stop it, and Dems want them to pass amnesty and they haven’t done that yet.

The President lucks out because Dems don’t really hold him responsible. So his numbers get a bump from them.

So this is not to say the Republicans are actually worse than Obama on this mess, it’s just our own party holding them to account more than the other side is willing to hold their guy to account.

goflyers on July 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

It is muddled thinking to conflate amnesty (aka the path to citizenship lie) being pushed by the GOPe with any part of this issue of filthy invaders and the terrorists coming into the US with them.

Border security and what to do with the illegals already here are two seperate issues- each a debate of its own. Joining them and screaming that the only solution is to simply throw billions at the vile invaders is just wrong.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Even now on FOX NEWS O’Reilly, Kelly, Hannity, and the rest have totally steered left and support AMNESTY for the 30 MILLION Illegals already in the country. And once in a while somebody will pry that out of Hannity. All the while attempting to be tough on the Rule of Law and immigration law enforcement. DON’T BE FOOLED!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

If a politician expects my vote, the burden of proof is on THEM to show me they have my best interests in mind.

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

A politician will pander and throw up stuff that meets your criteria that it is all about you.

What we need in Washington is leadership that does what is best for the country. Sometimes that includes hard unpopular choices that are right for the country. Pardoning Nixon, for example. Launching Operation Iraqi Freedom is another. But how do you get leaders like that when there are so many spoiled children that only care about themselves and their interests?

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM

76% of Americans want Illegal Aliens deported and the Rule of Law re-established to bring back SANITY to our country. Right now, the only common sense group out there is the Tea Party.

Realdemocrat1 on July 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM

One of the few things I’ve agreed with Republicans on over the last several years is their denial of this request.

I don’t believe this poll at all. It’s garbage. What exactly is the rub against Republicans? That they won’t unquestionably fund $3.7 billion worth of American taxpayer money for foreigners who are victims of the presidents misadventures?

Give me a break.

So the president creates a border crisis and instead of meeting with Congress, a Congress by the way that despite the public’s opposition is amenable to a deal, and then he wants the American public to pay for lawyers and other facilities to keep the illegal aliens here?

Could the president stick it any harder to Congress and the American people for refusing to fully yield to his demands?

Every “deal” the president has ever made with Congress has come back to haunt them. When he could, the president just rolled over our other branches of government. He has been, in may cases unanimously, handed defeats by SCOTUS due to his gross overreach of executive authority.

The only leverage Congress has is funding, and it’s about time we drew the line.

I believe if the poll asked whether the $3.7billion should be used for an illegal alien crisis the president created or relief for the 93 million Americans who have given up looking for work, tax relief or a real jobs program- the results would be much different.

Marcus Traianus on July 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

This is just another attack on the perceived WHITE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS who Obama and Holder absolutely HATE. They think we Americans deserve this…..

Realdemocrat1 on July 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

If so many people disapprove of the prezzy’s handling of the border situation, why do so many of them buy into the lie that the money will be used to take care of the kiddies who got over the border? The first thing on his list is to hire more lawyers and judges to rubber stamp their amnesty. No where is there any money going to build the damn fence.

Kissmygrits on July 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

WaPo is desperate to make the Demos and the Choom Gang look good.

formwiz on July 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

This ^^^^^

It’s WaPo. That means the integrity of the data is definitely suspect.

lineholder on July 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM

gryphon202 on July 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

YOU are part of the problem. YOU refused to support our Republican Presidential nominee. YOU refuse to support Republican Senate candidates. In short>>>YOU are a joke<<<<

Do you think this invasion would be occurring if we had a President Romney right now? How about ISIS/ISIL? How do we get the lawless Obama to enforce existing law when he purposefully flaunts it and (to name just one example) goes with his wife to visit fasting illegal immigrant activists/Socialists at the National Mall? Name ONE Republican who is doing this. And please, don't tell me "impeachment" is the answer, because that's not going to happen -there is no political will for it, and it's impossible when people like you don't do a damn think to demote Harry Reid and the Democrats whose votes would be needed for this ploy to succeed.

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Readers are not children and they don’t need bad news sugar coating.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM

…children are readers!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Heard about Mississippi? As long as the GOPe has declared war on Conservatives, don’t expect Conservatives to play the patsy on the path of blind faith same way they have done in the past.

Respect has to be earned. Tell that to the GOPe leaders!

lineholder on July 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

“think”=”thing”. You don’t do a damn thing to stop Harry Reid…

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Please proof read your posts before publishing.

Why the pollster even thought to ask how respondents about how the Republicans in Congress

diogee on July 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

billed as being designed to “provide care for these children while their deportation cases are heard” and “speed their deportation hearings and to increase border security.”

Treasonous liberal vermin propaganda, naturally. Less than a third of the illegal aliens are “children”, and O’Bozos $4 billion boondoggle does nothing to prevent their suffering and even death in making this trip.

But low-information nitwits are easy to fool in liberal polls/propaganda. Suckers.

Jaibones on July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Poor marks for Obama and Republicans on border crisis

Of course they’re all getting big disapproval numbers.

I think most of the public is just getting more PO’ed and cursing them all.
Joe and Mary Middle-America are sitting there in front of their TV watching the border collapse and they just want it fixed. It’s the job of the federal government. And what exactly is the federal government doing besides talking and flying illegals all over the friendly skies? Not much. Americans are witnessing a level of lawlessness never seen before and they want it stopped now. Period. End of story.
No surprise either that the majority would approve of Obama’s “emergency” funding request. It makes it seem like action is being taken and something is being done about it all. That’s it.

lynncgb on July 15, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Polls about what Congress – a large and amorphous representative body – are doing are generally meaningless in another way.

Everyone hates what “Congress” is doing. But THEIR Congressman is great and will be re-elected over 90% of the time.

BKennedy on July 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Do you support borrowing 4 billion dollars to support the 6xxl balding little darling children and Obama or are you a mean racist?

Yeah I thought you would stay that.

jukin3 on July 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

And Rothman is pitching in with his LIBERAL REFRAIN earlier in the day than most…..

Realdemocrat1 on July 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The only option on the table is ILLEGAL ALIENS SHOULD BE DEPORTED……IT’S THE LAW!!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Heard about Mississippi? As long as the GOPe has declared war on Conservatives, don’t expect Conservatives to play the patsy on the path of blind faith same way they have done in the past.
lineholder on July 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Yes I’ve heard of it. McDaniels has behaved very badly. He lost fair and square, and he’s ruining any chances of a a future career in politics. He’s also broke and he’s trying to raise money, by sending emails to suckers like you. Hold on to your wallets! You’re welcome for the advice.

*A fool and his money are soon parted*

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM

It’s quite apparent there is no leadership in Washington D.C. I firmly believe the Republicans will lose if they present no vision for the future, and that includes immigration. Since the President has asked for $3.5 billion, why don’t they take half of that and apply it toward their vision, send it to the Senate, have them throw it out or vote it out, and have Obama veto it. If it’s a good plan, it will show the Democrats for who they really are.

Someone call up Newt, I’m sure he has a plan that will work, will look good, and won’t leave the Democrats much room for demagoguery.

bflat879 on July 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Without a counter proposal, the fact that throwing money at a problem – money aimed at providing medical care to needy children, no less – only received 53 percent support is striking.

No it’s not striking–the government might spend 1% of those funds addressing needy children–the other 99% will be wasted. That is typical of the government, and you, being a pundit. should know that, Mr. Rothman.

zoyclem on July 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I see you are perfectly capable of looking into the mechanics of a poll, Noah.

Good. Remember, Noah, so can many of us. Don’t try to play us with any more contrived polls designed to promote the Republican establishment and diminish the base.

Just play it straight with us, Noah. Yes, you’ll get plenty of disagreement, but you’ll get some respect too, respect that you won’t get by trying to push a junk poll that supports your position again.

As for this poll, pffft.

Sessions says Obama is going to jam another big amnesty policy down our throats. This poll appears to be just another attempt by his tools to plow the road.

novaculus on July 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Why was there no question directly asking who is trusted more? If asked about each individually, I would also say no. I don’t trust Obama AND I don’t trust Republicans. However, especially in the present circumstances, I would definitely say that I trust Republicans MORE than Obama.

All this poll really shows me is how much more brainwashed and devoted Democrats are than Republicans. Republicans in general are FAR more likely to doubt and mistrust members of their own party than Democrats are, especially conservatives.

Paperclips on July 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Hey look, Rothman updated his post… without comment.

ExpressoBold on July 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Polls.., you generally get what you ask for.

MT on July 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Why did they ask about Republicans? That’s easy – because they knew in advance that 0bama would look bad and they CAN NEVER REPORT negative info about 0bama without including the “BOTH PARTIES ARE BAD” mantra ….

djl130 on July 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM

“Right now, . . . the proposed supplemental package remains the only option on the table to deal with an acute catastrophe.”
-pro-illegal alien amnesty Noah Rothman

I guess Mr. Rothman is not familiar with the bill introduced by Cornyn and Cuellar? Perhaps he should read (or even glance at) Hot Air now and then.
Syzygy on July 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Rothman must be too busy watching MSNBC. He has to prepare his next rebroadcast of MSNBC material in order to tell us why Republicans ought to defensively choose their strategy out of fear of what MSNBC hosts might say about them next.

YOU are part of the problem. YOU refused to support our Republican Presidential nominee. YOU refuse to support Republican Senate candidates. In short>>>YOU are a joke<<<<
Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

No, the attacks on conservatives that you and others engage in is a big part of the problem.

bluegill on July 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

A majority, 53 percent, support Obama’s proposed emergency spending package billed as being designed to “provide care for these children while their deportation cases are heard” and “speed their deportation hearings and to increase border security.”

The GOP should pass a big bill for all the illegals be sent back and 99% of the money for the purchase of plane tickets. Then let the Dems in the Senate veto it…and we can move on…

William Eaton on July 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Why this pollster decided to gauge the nation’s opinion of how congressional Republicans have handled this situation, I have no idea. Beyond the fact that it serves to conveniently remind the public that the GOP is, as ever, more unpopular than Obama – a refrain you will hear for the rest of the day.

It is the Washington Post and ABC – two of the original obama-fellators. No other reason to trash the GOP is needed. (And I’m no fan of the GOP.)

earlgrey on July 15, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I love that whenever a poll is bad for the GOP or bad for the DNC blogs from from both spectrum always have this need to dig in and analyze and show it’s not as bad as it seems. All it tells me is that it is bad and they are trying to make people feel better. Readers are not children and they don’t need bad news sugar coating.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM
Readers are children. That’s how the fool in the Whitehouse got elected. Alot of LIV’s.

Ta111 on July 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

No, the attacks on conservatives that you and others engage in is a big part of the problem.

bluegill on July 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Oh please. Don’t tell me you’ve drunk the tea too. Most of these clowns are libertarians posing as “conservatives”.

Buy Danish on July 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I wonder how many of the people questioned in this poll were from the border states. Results would be different.

31giddyup on July 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

According to Boehner and Goodlatte, theres nothing impeachable here so you all just move along and be good little subjects.

cthemfly on July 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM