New Poll Brings More Bad News for the Republican Party

obama-thumbs-up-4While on the surface the Republican party will act like everything is wonderful and they’re charged up about having full control of Congress, deep down things really aren’t that great for the GOP. They won all this power last November, not really because voters came out in huge numbers to support their ideologies, but because voters didn’t turnout to vote. So, while Republicans will certainly take the “victory,” deep down they know it’s a very hollow one.


They also know control of Congress means very little because:

  • Democrats still control enough of the Senate to filibuster a lot of what they want to do.
  • President Obama can veto everything and they don’t have enough power to override his vetoes.

So while they’ll undoubtedly pass a whole bunch of legislation because they have the power to push some of it through, they know that as long as President Obama sits in the White House they aren’t going to appease the far right with the legislation they want because he’s going to veto pretty much everything they send to his desk.

Then, more “bad news” continues to emerge as the economy continues to grow, gas prices are at their lowest levels in years, the Supreme Court is about to rule on gay marriage in the coming months (most likely deeming all bans on same-sex marriage illegal) and unemployment continues to fall.

You know our economic growth is getting nearly impossible to deny when Sen. Mitch McConnell is laughably trying to take credit for it.

There’s just not a whole lot Republicans can really get behind right now. Even their beloved Fox News had to issue several formal apologies after their anti-Muslim “experts” were soundly debunked by facts and reality.

And now a new poll has come out showing President Obama with an approval rating over 50 percent for the first time in two years.


What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, it’s simple. The more popular President Obama is nationally, the less power Republicans have to try to blame him for nothing getting done. Because let’s face it, nothing is getting done these next two years. And when nothing gets done, who do you think the American voters are going to blame?

  • An exceedingly more popular President Obama. – or –
  • A Republican-controlled Congress that promised change and ultimately brought the same “do-nothing” attitude it’s had since the GOP took over the House in 2010.

This is exactly what Republicans really didn’t plan for as they celebrated their victories last November – President Obama becoming more popular.

But it’s not just the president’s growing popularity, it’s also the fact that when American voters think of Congress they’re going to think “why can’t Republicans get anything done, they control both the House and Senate.” And as much as the GOP will undoubtedly try to blame President Obama for vetoing everything they try to pass, what they ultimately send to his desk is going to expose just how ridiculous their beliefs are. It was easy to run against President Obama this last election cycle, but they didn’t run for anything. And the reason why they didn’t run on what they plan to do is because many of their stances (anti-immigration, tax cuts for the rich, anti-minimum wage, anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage) are all unpopular with the majority of Americans.

So the last thing they needed was for President Obama’s popularity to start inching above 50 percent. And in most polls that I’ve come across, the president’s popularity has been climbing with no signs of it heading in the opposite direction anytime soon.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    First of all, Democrats will not use the filibuster because they are on record as saying it is terribly wrong to use that tactic. Liberals will hammer them just as mercilessly as they did the Pubs when they did it if they try.

    Furthermore, Liberals will not tolerate Obama using the veto because they are all-in against obstructionism.

    • Avatar

      Reality speaks different from your’s. I’m glad I’m not living in your own world…

      • Jim Bean

        It was pure sarcasm.

      • Avatar

        Really? You have reputation for long time and plenty of commenters include me, agreed that none of your comments are sarcastic enough.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        u busted him and he is stumbling backwards

      • DragonVerity

        Look, sarcasm or not, I am of the opinion that part of the problem that the Democrats, (Or liberals, which is for some reason tossed around like it’s a slur whenever people are trying to address the Democratic party. Fuck that noise I’m goddamned happy to be liberal. Also I realize those two are not synonyms so let’s not hear it.) have a major problem with being outspoken and opinionated about their point of view. It’s not aided by the fact that many of them don’t want to come across looking like giant assholes. PC bullshit. I think we need to take a hard look at snappy garbage like “Manufacture of the wondrousness of Obama” and tell everyone else to shove that BS right back where it came from. I wonder why we still hear the fuckin’ GOP singing all the praises of Ronald Reagan? Is it maybe because the goddamn party has been backsliding into a stuttering mass of hicks ever since he was the President? Methinks ’tis so!

      • Jim Bean

        At least nine times our of ten when I hear RR mentioned I see a Liberals lips moving at the same time. And policy comparisons aside, he was a statesman on the public stage while Obama is a petulant spoiled brat.

        The GOP comes up short (and always will) as long as the central plank in the Dems campaign platform is “If you vote for me, I’ll take money away from someone else and give it to you.” No other message can compete. No other message appeals to so many. It doesn’t matter if the promise is never delivered. No one wants to cast a vote for rolling up ones sleeves and going about addressing some nasty realities when some one is holding the carrot of ‘hope’ just slightly out of reach.

      • DragonVerity

        Typical bullshit. How about this, fuck the poor. Everyone fends for themselves. Abolish Medicare and social security. Lower taxes to almost ‘nil. Go to war with everyone. Make sure the war profits go to everyone with capital making the rich richer… Again, bullshit about RR, he is a fucking poster boy, and you know it. If I had a dollar for every time a Republican brought up Ronald Reagan I’d hate the poor too!

      • Fred Macarthur

        You are just a dirt bag Republican stooge along with JB on here to try to convince people your Lies are true so everyone else must be wrong, I seen you to spouting your bullshit all over these threads. either put up facts or F**k Off

      • DragonVerity

        Either you missed my point, or you were intending to reply to someone else. I am the Anti-Republican. I’m not even exaggerating.

      • Fred Macarthur

        it is quite possible this was intended for JB and someone else and i was mistaken

      • FD Brian

        “If you vote for me, I’ll take money away from someone else and give it to you.”

        As opposed to “taking money from all of you and giving it to a few of my friends”? Which is what we do when we go to war, give tax breaks to corporations, etc.

      • DragonVerity

        As if LOWER TAXES AND SMALL BUSINESS WITH NO OVERSIGHT is equivalent to fiscal responsibility. The environmental problems that we are facing can’t be swept under the rug, the disparity between the classes is not something to treat as though it is not happening. The Republicans are using ridiculous hot button issues such as gay marriage and abortion as a smoke screen while they continually block any actual reform and continuously interrupt the Democratic process. The only way Obama is even able to accomplish anything in his repertoire is through the use of executive actions which he has still performed less in recent history than every other president. He has outperformed Bush by a landslide. It’s not just Obama. It’s Democratic principals in general. Improve public education, TAX the RICH, even if they were taxed the same as the poor, without the breaks they get for having the affluence to weasel themselves out of paying every single avoidable fee, our economy would improve. Fund public education. Fund welfare. Get more active job programs for the unemployed in order to encourage able-bodied workers to integrate back into the job market. Let’s just see what happens in 2016 because I can almost guarantee that if a Republican gets in there, all of your proselytizing about the great wisdom of the party will be swept away in the Orwellian nightmare that this country is almost sure to fall in to. Yes I’m being dramatic. But the economy will suffer under a Republican I can assure you that.

      • strayaway

        “The only way Obama is even able to accomplish anything in his repertoire is through the use of executive actions which he has still performed less in recent history than every other president.” -DragonVerity

        Give an example of any Bush “executive action” that had the magnitude of Obama changing the immigration laws with executive edicts and giving 5M illegal aliens the right to stay here with Obama granted working papers in a larger variety of formerly US worker held jobs. Also, what part of the Constitution lets presidents change the law with “executive actions”?

      • DragonVerity

        Are you sure you wanna advocate deporting innocent families into a country that is a veritable hell? Fuck man, you must really be fun at parties.

      • strayaway

        Are you sure you want to support giving up the constitutional rule of law and replacing it with a de facto enabling act allowing this and future presidents to do as they please acting as dictators when Congress doesn’t give them their way? Something tells me you wouldn’t like it if a future Republican president makes big cuts in, for instance, Social Security and says he can based on Obama’s precedents. I blame this evolving executive branch coup, in large part, on Congress and the courts because they allow this to happen.

        Which countries were you referring to as “veritable hellholes”? One third of illegal aliens overstay their visas like most of the 9/11 fellows from Saudi Arabia. My sympathies are with US workers not legal or illegal aliens who displace them and lower everyone’s wages.

      • TiredofHypocrites1

        You mean the very same action the your demi-god Reagan and also H.W. Bush took. And don’t give me the whole “they were only cleaning up legislation” because they were not. And congress never saw fit to pass legislation for what Reagan did and it took over 2 years and 3 different votes for them to pass legislation to equal what H.W. Bush executive action.

      • strayaway

        I didn’t vote for Bush or Reagan because they were both for big government so you begin with faulty presumptions. I do however support the Constitution which says nothing about executives legislating, says all legislation is made by Congress, and that Congress is entrusted with the delegated power of making uniform naturalization rules no matter who is president. Would you support an enabling act amendment to allow presidents to override congressional laws?

      • boblgumm

        You must have forgotten Bush’s signing statements.

      • strayaway

        So what’s your point, that Obama can be a dictator because of something Bush did that paled in comparison?

      • Jim Bean

        Yes. Spend, spend, spend. That will solve everything.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        over the past 30 yrs,,,,,,,,,,,who has spent MORE MONEY: repubs or democrats???
        Ive got some silly facts here james; so proceed wisely

      • Jim Bean

        I defer to you. Show me your facts. Do NOT, however, try to chum me with any Bush war during Obama’s watch. Reason: he promised to surrender during his first campaign. That fact that he lollygagged about getting it done is one him. So are all the additional lives lost for nothing.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        geee; where to begin!! ok,,,,,,,,,, hows about the PCT% increases towards the DEBT accumulated by Reagan,,,,,,bush 1,,,,,clinton,,,,,bush 2,,,,, an Obama?
        please note– there is skepticism among economists who gets the lions share of DEBT from bushs stimulus. 85% of economists give that dubious ‘credit’ to the bush administration.
        again; james– we are looking at the more telling PERCENTAGES; so should I bore U with numbers or shall U fillin the blanks?
        ( example: when carter left; debt was at 1 trillion….. when Reagan left; debt was at 2.9645 trillion,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so: what PCT% increase would that be?)

      • Jim Bean

        Now your just being a clown.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        I didn’t think facts would assuage you
        ====================================
        again,,,,,,,,,,, please play w me regarding DEBT pct% increases since 1981!!
        unless,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, U wanna talk about maybe Kenya??? Benghazi??? ebola???????

      • Jim Bean

        OK, lets do it this way. Which is more? 150% of a trillion dollars? Or 100% of 10 trillion dollars?

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        james,,,ur spinning again: Reagan nearly tripled the debt,,,,, ( 296% and change) whilst bush 1

      • Kuzimo Gardner

        What Dumbass planet do you live on. As far as I know the only people giving away free shit is the Republicans. All the people I know struggle with everyday life, some are poor, some are not so poor, but none of them have ever gotten any free shit handed to them by Obama. They work their asses off for their families. They’re not handed free shit like tax cuts, or inheritances that don’t get taxed. Oh and BTW I wouldn’t mind having a tax hike for the rich if it’s going to keep police, fire and medical people employed and keep my city from looking like an apocalyptic nightmare. Here’s good example of Republican governing. KANSAS and good old boy Browback, talk about giving away free shit.

      • Jim Bean

        O-B implemented 13 tax hikes in 2013. Since then, who has gotten richer and who has gotten poorer and would you favor more of the same for a promise of more of the same in return?

      • glantern35

        A recent right winger said that instead of trying to slice the pie differently, the Dems need to work on making the pie bigger. If over the past decade ALL the profits went to the top 1%, what would happen with a bigger pie? It would also keep going to the top 1%. Screw that. Slice the pie differently, then start making it bigger. Then it will work for everyone.

      • Jim Bean

        I’d be with you if it had a chance. Obie said he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class. Then he Grubered us with a hidden ACA tax. He wants to Gruber the MC with a carbon tax. He’s proposed Grubering them with a cut to the 529 college plans.

        Every time the Dems launch another Robin Hood initiative its always the middle and lower classes that he loots. They just sneak in the back door in a ski mask when they do it.

        O-B has been President for six years since he promised to make Joe the Plumber share. Who has gotten wealthier? Who has gotten poorer? Who never learns?

      • Sean

        great comment !!

      • Cemetery Girl

        I do not have liberal/progressive views because if I do someone will take the money from your wallet and give it to me. (Big shock, I’ve worked for many years, paid taxes, and so has my husband.) I do believe that any civilization, any society, is only as strong as it’s weakest links. To be strong we can’t have people starving. We can’t have people unable to get healthcare. We can’t have people who want an education but can’t get a decent education. We need water we can drink. Simply put, we absolutely cannot have a decent society worth living in if having a minimum standard of living is something only some people can afford. (A notion shared by a Republican, Theodore Roosevelt, although realistically he was an un-Republican Republican.)

      • Sean

        A fucking men…exactly right.We dems,progs,libs whatever need to be as brutal to them as they are to our president.Vote, fire back against bullshit lies, bash Faux News and Grand Poobah Limbaugh every freaking chance we get,We have the brains let’s grow some balls!

      • DavidD

        Sounded more like your typical GOP ham handed nonsense of wishful thinking larded over with opportunism.
        You have to have talent to do sarcasm.

      • Jim Bean

        And wits to appreciate it.

      • DavidD

        Wit not wits
        .Try again

    • Di Kelley

      Also a difference between filibustering truly harmful legislation that has no chance of getting past the pres’ desk (The new anti abortion bill being one of that nature) as the democrats would do and filibustering helpful legislation like a budget bill (Both the Omnibus Budget Bill and the failed budget bill of 2013 prior to the one that finally passed two weeks later) as the Republicans have done. At least IMO

      • Jim Bean

        And away we go with the ‘filibusters are sinful when Pubs do it because the legislation they are filibustering is righteous and filibustering is righteous when the Dems do it because the legislation they are filibustering is sinful. The Left wing book of virtues. It can be read from front to back or flipped over and read from back to front. Whatever it takes to make a case that they hold the moral high ground.

      • Di Kelley

        The reason one filibuster is harmful and the other is not? The one the Democrats would engage in does not shut down the entire government and cost millions of average income middle class americans a lot of money, and in some cases create a situation where they have to choose between eating or having a place to live (A very good friend was in that situation during the last shut down) The ones the republicans participated in did.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        jimbo will not reply to that,,,,,,,he hates facts

      • Sean

        Yes, $24 billion almost as much as Haliburton made( $39 billion) helping Dick and The village idiot kill American soldiers

      • DragonVerity

        Fuuuuuck you, you just blatantly restated the exact same argument that instigated a well thought out reply from an opposing viewpoint and then blamed it for being a moral high ground. You haven’t done anything with this but reiterate and spin your wheels without saying anything. You want to talk about working across party lines? Nearly every case. The only two major examples of Obama fighting against the Republican agenda on anything are in the cases of Obamacare (which was legislated nearly to an unrecognizable state, and which many slobbering idiot Republicans want to be able to keep because they are too ignorant to realize that the affordable care act is what they have been placed on) and the recent immigration reform. Because we don’t deport families to a country in turmoil and throw nearly four million non-felonious men, women and children to wolves. Sorry, bud, not a country of bigots despite how you Republicans want to make us look.

      • Jim Bean

        Turn on your TV. In a little while Obama will fill us all in on his determination to ‘work across party lines’ on other things – such as taxes, Cuban relations, immigration, etc – the big things.

      • Paul Robinson

        That’s pretty much a given. It won’t make much of a difference, but Hell. why not? We’ll be another audience, in another year, watching another dog-eared drama between the usual suspects standing off in the usual decorum. If the Capitol was sealed water-tight, we might be sure that all those well campaigned hustlers would float as easily as what one would find bobbing on the surface of a toilet.

      • DragonVerity

        WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK!? That’s exactly what is happening, that is not sarcasm, you can’t use sarcasm to explain actual events. What is your point? Is it bad that he is trying to do that? Let’s not try to compromise or anything let’s just stand across a wall and fuckin’ shout at eachother. Don’t slap away a handshake.

      • Jim Bean

        My point before his speech is that he would talk about compromise and reaching across the aisle and how it was the exclusive responsibility of the Pubs to do the compromising and reaching.

        After the speech we can all agree that that is exactly what he did. He told us what he wants and how he’ll veto anything that isn’t just that.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      2014? kinda like 2010??
      wow– that had great effects on the country. ( see: presidential voting dynamics)

      • Jim Bean

        Your freaking boy promised you that he would make Joe the Plumber share with you. Six years later, here we are. He made Joe all the wealthier and you all the poorer. Now’s he’s regurgitating the same crap and you can’t wait to stand in line to lick his boots. Again.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        im poorer???? really???
        james o james O james!!! ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,my properties are all paid 4; my rentals full and churning passive residual income,,,my CASH businesses (a) self employed chef/ contractor of nightclub kitchens and (b) antique car/truck shows ( both in the tri-county area of SE Florida) are generating the usual cash income; (c) since jan 2009 my stock & option portfolio has gone up 578% ( sadly; as I only HOLD AAPL and CHL and BIDU over that time im responsible for capital gains on the rest) so unless my accountant and I and my bank are LYING 2 me—
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,im not “poorer” but im floored by your otiose concerns!!!
        lick his boots? nahhh,,,,,,,,,,,I just want to play him in basketball and/or “horse”
        ******************************************************
        shall we review how republican led states have financially done in that 6 yrs??? Hmmmm?
        lets start with Wisconsin and Kansas and Georgia and Mississippi,,,,, you may( of course) add in the GOP states which DID do well as they have about a million people in all of them combined—
        ,,,those silly “PCTs%” again

      • Jim Bean

        WOW!! And all this time I thought you were a pimp.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        more evasive jim bean dialogue,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        you ( again) lose…………

    • Guest

      May I remind you that the turnout for the 2014 midterms was at a 70 year low. Here in Indiana, for instance, the turnout was 28% of registered voters. And Indiana is a red state.The results were more of a repudiation of Democrats and did not represent an embrace of Republican ideologies, most national media pundits agree. It will be very different in November 2016, particularly after the GOP has had two years to drive the car into the ditch-again. I’ll make the popcorn, just as I did in 2008 and 2012.

      • Jim Bean

        I agree, the election results and turnout said “anything has got to be better than these Democrats.’

        As for driving the car in the ditch, the economy always swings up and down and back again and those cycles usually take quite a few years. Its likely to be stable or still on the upswing come November 2016 and it will be difficult to persuade sensible voters that all the credit for that goes to the Oval Office. The bigger factor in 16 will be whether women are really as smart as men and will vote for the most qualified candidate even if it isn’t the one with vagina.

        Regardless of who wins, we will no longer have a POTUS who hates it.

  • dstatton

    His approval rating will likely get a boost from tonight’s speech, and the GOP’s may take a hit after Joni Ernst’s reply. Those replies have not gone over well the lat few years.

  • Macdoodle

    Yes veto everything Barry so come 2016 the Democratic party can be seen as the party of no….the obstructionists.

    • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

      macdoodle showcasing his intellect again

      • DavidD

        He has intellect?
        I thought he just had a live GOP parrot shoved up his ass.

      • regressive whitetrash GOP scum

        naahhhh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, he doesn’t kiss parrots or place them rectally upon himself
        ====================================
        a cock-a-too maybe; he likes them up his bung

    • Nick Wride

      You must be a complete idiot not to recognize that the GOP has been the obstructionist party during the entire Obama presidency.

    • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

      Surely you jest!

    • Gregory Mason

      Funny you should say that

  • Paul Robinson

    Getting into a wee- wee contest over whether or not abuse of the filibuster is valid doesn’t really matter when both sides do it into the wind. There really is no reason why the Democrats should not do it. Whether the stand- off occurs or it doesn’t. it sends a message. It may be an odorous thing to do, but if it’s suitable for you to do it, then it’s suitable for us to do it. Anyone in a political party who strait- jackets themselves with ideology to the point of not taking action to demonstrate that they always ( one way or the other ) MEAN BUSINESS have no BUSINESS being in the Legislature.

  • Jim Bean

    Polls have been bringing bad news to Pubs for some time. The only exception was the poll conducted on November 4, 2014.

    • Daddycool67

      You mean the poll where only 30% of eligible citizens bothered to answer?

      You mean THAT poll on 11/4/2014?

      • Jim Bean

        36.3, actually – meaning 82% had no interest in helping the Dems retain the Senate. Voter turnout in 2012 was only about 57% and only slightly more than half those voted for Obama. Have your calculator handy?

  • John Locke

    Two fish are in a tank. One turns to the other and asks “How do you drive this thing?”

    • John Locke

      Just thought this thread needed a little humor.

    • Victor Wiley

      Well that wasn’t ……….==============Funny,,,,,,,,, you piece of white trash Republican————=== SCUM
      I suggest you use bigger words and try to sound important next time. You little tiny 160lb mantid. I am very important and I live in Pompano Beach, Fl see (352 yards) from the warm Atlantic……………. I am important and I had a rib removed so I can suck my own Penis.

      • John Locke

        Ummm…I happen to be a registered democrat actually. Not sure what in that comment led you to conclude I’m a Republican. Oooh he said tank. There’s no possible way he could be anything other than a militaristic second amendment loving republican. If you had any level of intelligence you might also take note that my screen name happens to be John Locke, who is considered to be one of the most influential enlightenment thinkers and the father of classical liberalism. Yeah, there was an actual John Locke before the name was taken and popularized by Lost. So how’s that? Big enough words for you?

      • Victor Wiley

        It was a joke, See the posts from regressive whitetrash GOP Scum all over this site. He is quite the piece of work that makes us look like radical disenfranchised society outcast. The post above was simply his posting style as he turns political debate into personal attacks and has a tendency to think he is Gods gift to women and society. Sorry about pulling your chain and thank you for your service to spreading the words of wisdom.

  • chapril

    Saw McConnell and Boehner on 60 Minutes tonight. It is the best thing they ever put on. Those two showed exactly how negatitive they are and how they’ll do absolutely nothing but hurt what is left of the middle and poorer people. They made asses of themselves and I know FOX peoipel probably do not watch that show (too much for their brains) hopefully the younger audience and any more middle of te road old school Repubs will take notice. I kow a lot of conservative Repubs do not agree with a lot of what is going on. We can only hope they do the right thing at the Polls in 2016.

  • Lloyd Revalee

    That first paragraph sounds just like everything President Obama says every time he speaks to the public.