Following the government shutdown, polls showing just how Americans felt about it are in no short demand. Most every poll I’ve seen puts the blame for the shutdown squarely on the shoulders of the Republican party.
But when looking at a few of these polls, some of them are telling a more problematic story for the GOP.
For example, take the CBS poll that not only showed Republicans taking a bigger hit than Democrats for the shutdown, it also showed just how unpopular the tea party is with most Americans.
While respondents to the poll gave Democrats a 31% approval rating for how they’re doing in Congress (which is, of course, not good), they only gave Republicans an approval rating of 18%. Though neither number is anything to brag about, the approval rating for Democrats in Congress is nearly double that of their Republican counterparts.
But there’s more.
When asked about tea party Republicans, those surveyed gave them an approval rating of 14%.
So, if Democrats are fairly unpopular, and Republicans are even more unpopular than that—tea party Republicans are about as popular as a giant pothole that screws your car’s alignment.
But the poll goes even further by showing that 60% of Americans don’t believe that the tea party represents the values of most Americans. However, when tea party conservatives are asked, they do believe their views represent most Americans.
But hell, the poll even shows that only 40% of Republicans surveyed have a favorable opinion of the tea party.
So what does this all mean? Republicans are in a lot of trouble.
As the tea party seems determined to push the Republican party more and more to the far right, the vast majority of Americans strongly disapprove of tea party ideology. Just look at the numbers. Americans really don’t like Republicans, but they can’t stand tea party Republicans. However, tea party conservatives love tea party Republicans — obviously.
So as most Americans disapprove of tea party policies, their antics and the group as a whole, it’s tea party Republicans which are poised to take full control of the GOP in the next few years.
And while tea party Republicans will continue to try to perpetuate this notion that their values are those held by most Americans (an idea that’s most likely a product of the very controlled information they get from the right-wing media) reality tells a very different story.
While tea party Republicans see Ted Cruz as a hero, his own polling numbers have recently showed that the more people get to know him, the more they dislike him. Which is a pattern that mirrors the tea party as a whole.
What all this adds up to is a giant problem for the Republican party. They’ve created a monster in the tea party which has the power to “primary” established Republicans to insert tea party-supported conservatives—yet these tea party Republicans are increasingly becoming extremely unpopular with the majority of Americans.
It really is sweet irony, as I’ve said before. The very thing Republicans created to try to rebrand themselves, and take down President Obama, might just be the very thing that tears their party apart.
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