New PPP Poll Shows How Wildly Unpopular The Republican Party Has Become

louie gohmert republican partyIn 2010, voter apathy and conservative anger allowed Republicans to retake the House of Representatives. In the nearly 5 years since then, the GOP has shut down the government, launched one politically-motivated investigation after another, and has done everything except for actually govern. Last year, voters unconscionably gave them the Senate as well, and things haven’t gotten any better.

In fact, Congress has become so dysfunctional under Republican leadership that a small band of right-wing conservatives pushed House Speaker John Boehner to resign – and then promptly torpedoed his assumed successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. At this time, it looks like becoming the next Speaker of the House is a job that nobody in their right mind would want, potentially leaving the position open for a lunatic like Louie Gohmert or something much, much worse.

This is a Republican Congress that has become so extreme, former vice presidential candidate and Ayn Rand worshiper Paul Ryan is considered to be too liberal for the ideological purists who will try to dictate the choice for Speaker. Not to mention Ryan wants nothing to do with the position; even if he could get the votes needed, he knows that it would be completely toxic to his future aspirations for higher office.

It’s no wonder that a recent poll by Public Policy Polling found that the GOP has gone so far to the fringes, Mitch McConnell is now slightly more popular with Democrats than he is with his own Republican base. Yes, really.

The departing John Boehner has a 21/64 approval rating and that actually makes him popular compared to Mitch McConnell who comes in at 14/64. McConnell’s become so toxic to the Republican base that he’s actually a little bit more popular with Democrats (17/59) than he is among voters in his own party (14/67).

One thing Congressional Republicans haven’t helped themselves with recently is their war on Planned Parenthood. By a 12 point margin, 49/37, voters say they have a higher opinion of Planned Parenthood than the Republicans in Congress. That includes a 45/35 edge with independents.

Congress on the whole has its requisite atrocious approval rating at 11/82. (Source)

It’s not just the war on Planned Parenthood that has hurt Republicans, the whole Benghazi witch hunt has backfired horribly on them as well. To moderates and independents, they’ve proven that they’re incapable of governing, and to the Republican base – they’ve proven that they’re incapable of delivering on promises.

Republicans in Congress have promised their base that they would repeal and replace Obamacare. They’ve tried over 50 times to defund it, only to have their attempts fail every single time. They promised the rabid Hillary Clinton haters that they would get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi, and all they’ve done is give her ammunition for her presidential campaign while finding themselves looking at a potential ethics investigation for all their time and trouble.

The GOP was absolutely giddy over the doctored Planned Parenthood videos and launched an investigation that they’ve been forced to admit found nothing. The only thing that resulted from the investigation is that Planned Parenthood will no longer accept reimbursement for costs on fetal tissue donations, along with presidential candidate Carly Fiorina revealing herself as a liar for claiming to have watched video footage that did not exist.

For all of their faults, Democrats have managed not to let the lunatic fringe of the party take over like Republicans have. Currently, a billionaire who believes vaccines cause autism and a former neurosurgeon who believes evolution is a lie and claims Jews could have prevented the Holocaust by owning guns are the leading presidential candidates in their primary polls.

There’s no need to make up stories about the GOP or be needlessly hyperbolic here; this is exactly how far the Republican Party has divorced itself from reality while trying to stay politically viable in the United States. As I’ve said before, they have to choose between continuing to appease an angry and aging base, or trying to shift back to the center – even if it costs them a few elections in the process.


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  • colleen2

    The “lunatic fringe” of the Democratic party wants to have more than 6 primary debates. Poll that

    • OMGface

      Thankfully, my side of the isle is not infested with that, yours is, now, more than ever. Doesn’t bode well for anyone of your ilk.

      • colleen2

        I am shocked you are capable of booting your computer.

      • OMGface

        Forget, having BUILT it. Tho I did end up spending way more than originally planned. You pitiable dunce.

      • colleen2

        No honey, disgust and envy are not the same thing. They really aren’t. I’ll bet if you seek professional help you will be able to move out of your mom’s basement within a year or two. Meanwhile, I really have no interest in further conversation. You are too sick and you couldn’t pay me to try to make it better.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        OK… I give up… posted one several hours ago and it’s in the mod bucket “pending”

        Without the “offending word” which I meant in the form of a verb, not an insulting noun, meaning “to gripe,” I’ll go ahead and edit it, and hope it gets through the strange filter apparently set up here…

        Well, isn’t that just special…

        I’d offer 3 things to you, our latter-day Bill Buckley upthread, and those among my personal circles, who’d unfortunately never choose to consider any other point than that touted by a certain self-described “Fair and Balanced” network, and fellow-travelers… yet you have not one bit of nuance, nor do any of you part from the “party line,” and still consider yourselves as thinking for yourselves.

        1) “Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind”

        2) If you create the monster, you’ll have no reason to complain when it turns about and destroys you.

        3) Should you folks somehow, but not impossibly, get every single thing you think you want, it’s a safe bet that you’ll find the having orders of magnitude less enjoyable than the wanting and griping about it.

        And, yes, I’m another that was surprisingly able to boot my computer.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        N.B. — Obviously it made it through….

        *scribbling furiously*

        On FP, a word that starts with ‘b’ and ends with something you scratch, even when used as a verb is unacceptable and may cause your comment to sit in the bit-bucket (carefully checked that one for spelling *whew*) for a whole day at a time…

        *tucking notepad back in pocket*

  • Erica McClellan

    I’m so sick and tired of the least educated, least realistic, most insane people thinking that everyone else should pander to them. Their ignorance is NOT as good as others’ educations; and dumbing down education in this country to meet the lowest common denominators needs has me absolutely livid.

    • OMGface

      I ditto! We are now 28th in literacy in the world. Imagine that!!! It’s HEAD EXPLODING.

    • Hugh Everett

      Least educated? My degrees are in chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, and chemistry. My income is probably higher than anyone you know.Republicans simply want dependent democrats to get jobs and quit mooching off taxpayers. We want to end democrat welfare as you know it. Is that too much to ask?

      • Howard Sands

        It wouldn’t be too much to ask, if it was anywhere near the truth. have you not been paying attention? Republicans “simply” want to legislate based on the bible, the “simply” want to deny women the right to choose, they “simply” want to roll back equal rights, they “simply” don’t believe in Climate Change. I could go one. But I simply won’t.

      • Hugh Everett

        Why do Republicans want to reduce means-tested welfare, food stamps, govt assistance for single mothers, public sector pensions? Why do minorities vote overwhelmingly Democrat? Why do exit polls show poor people voting Democrat and affluent people voting Republican?

      • FD Brian

        would it be too much to ask your republican friends to move all the jobs they shipped to china to line their own pockets back to American so the people you despise can get jobs? You forget that the republican party has helped put those people into dependency. And while you probably sit back and call them all lazy, many of them work, they work hard jobs with long hours for little pay. And as funny as it may sound, the republican party offers no solution other than to stop handing it out. I can only assume they want to stop handing it out so they can then start building more prisons for their private prison buddies.

      • rfshunt

        What role did your education play in the success you claim to enjoy? After you answer that, consider this: the right wingers are busy describing democrat’s plans to expand availability to higher education for everyone as “giving away free stuff”. What happens if they succeed in pricing education out of the reach of most American families?

        While you’re pondering that, here’s another thing to contemplate. Red states consistently get more in federal tax money and pay less in federal taxes.

        Who exactly is it that’s “mooching”?

  • OMGface

    Good news! The PP poll reveals not everyone in the electorate is a brainwashed dunce. Right now, more than ever, I’ll take all the good, hopeful news available.

  • Dear dear GOP,

    You reap what you sow.

    • OMGface

      Pithy and brilliant.