If Republicans in Congress were listening to the majority of the American people:
- Gay marriage would be legal.
- Background checks would be required on all gun purchases.
- We would have sensible immigration reform.
- The government would have never been shut down last year.
Just for starters. There are several other pieces of legislation that would have been implemented into law by now if Republicans really did listen to the majority of Americans. But we all know Republicans aren’t listening to the American people. They’re listening to the right-wing radicals who’ve hijacked the Republican party since the United States dared to elect its first African-American president.
Well, for all their rhetoric about Obama and how the American people aren’t as “high” on him as they once were, they really have no room to talk.
For starters, the favorability rating of Congress hovers somewhere around 9-15% on any given week. Favorability ratings for Congress have, of course, plummeted since 2010 when Republicans took control of the House and tea party Republicans took control of the Republican party.
Now I know some will dismiss this as, “Well, that’s the whole Congress vs. one guy – of course their numbers are going to be lower!”
Which is fine, and might make for a more valid argument – except the leading Republican in Congress, John Boehner, isn’t exactly doing all that great himself.
A new Gallup Poll shows Boehner’s favorability rating at 32%. Meanwhile, President Obama’s went up to 52%.
To put my Texas education to work for you, that’s a 20 percent higher number of Americans who view the president more favorably than John Boehner.
Yet Republicans want to say that Americans overwhelmingly oppose Obama’s policies? Really?
Congressional favorability numbers are about as low as they can get and the most powerful Republican in Congress has a favorability rating 20 points lower than President Obama’s.
Now I know Republicans don’t like science or math – and polls like this consist of both – but that doesn’t change the fact that these poll numbers not only show that far more Americans favor President Obama (and thus his policies), but they overwhelmingly favor them.
But as always, these numbers won’t have any impact on far right Republicans. Reality doesn’t matter to these people. As I’ve said numerous times to them, it’s all about what they want to be real instead of what actually is real.