Republicans Reach Pathetic Record Lows in Gallup Polling

boehner-thumbsupWhile on the surface most Republicans you hear from concerning the government shutdown will try to tell you that this is the fault of President Obama and Democrats—the American people aren’t buying it.

In what might be the best example of just how far down the GOP has fallen, Gallup recently released a poll showing Republican favorability at all-time lows.  

Republican favorability hit 28% this month, down from 38% in September.  Taking it a step further, Republicans also hit a record high for being viewed unfavorably at 62%.

Granted, both parties aren’t exactly popular, but Republican numbers are atrocious compared to Democrats (43% favorably, 49% unfavorably).

The key part of this is the massive drop for Republicans from September through now.  While they’ve maintained from the start that President Obama and Democrats are to be blamed for the government shutdown, it’s very apparent the American people are clearly blaming Republicans for the shutdown.

And rightfully so.

Maybe if Speaker of the House John Boehner would allow the House of Representatives to vote on a clean version of the Senate’s continuing resolution, and the bill failed to pass (it wouldn’t), then Republicans might have a leg to stand on here.  But all we have is John Boehner repeatedly saying there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s resolution—yet he won’t allow the House to vote on it.

Then don’t forget the shutdown is still in its early stages.  As time goes on, more and more Americans are going to get angry and the majority of that blame will fall squarely on the shoulders of the Republican party.  While there’s no doubt that some Americans will blame President Obama and Democrats, they pale in comparison to those blaming the GOP.

And for those who will try to claim that this poll done by Gallup is “liberally biased,” Gallup has historically been known to lean to the right when it comes to their polling results.

What this poll doesn’t take into account is the continued divide within the Republican party itself as the shutdown continues.  While some are firmly entrenched in the delusion that they’re “winning,” quite a few Republicans are well aware that this is a no-win situation for their party that will only get worse as time goes on.

I truly believe these next few months will be quite interesting to observe as the infighting within the Republican party grows.

Now, will these polling results make any difference?  Maybe a little, though I really don’t think Republicans know what the heck to do now that they have their shutdown.  There’s really nothing they can do where they come out of this situation looking anything but weak.

They’re not going to succeed in delaying, defunding or repealing “Obamacare” and that’s what they claim this shutdown “will accomplish.”  Except—it won’t.

Right now, what we’re witnessing is the pride of the GOP putting their own partisan ambitions ahead of the American people.  And that’s exactly what this Gallup poll shows us.

But will the GOP listen? Probably not.

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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  • Dan Crosby

    This country is screwed.

  • Tina Hamilton

    They are putting their huge egos before the American people and it is disgusting~

  • Sean Jones

    I see where this is going. The GOP will swoop in on the 16th and pass the CR and then say “See, we did what Obama couldnt do and WE reopened the government. Arent we awesome?” And their low information followers will buy it

    • gemma liar

      said perfectly sam!

  • fairness_rules

    So the republicans think they are winning concerning the shutdown? They also thought that as Obama was being re-elected president! They live in an alternate universe, I think.

  • Lorrie Crabtree

    The GOP makes me think of a dog that chases cars. What the heck is he going to do with one, if he actually catches it? I’m betting the GOP didn’t think they’d have to follow through on their threat to shut down the government, and now that they’ve had to put their money where their mouths are, they’re at a loss. There is only one way this is going to end… and that’s with the moderates in the GOP demanding to be allowed to vote on the clean CR. They’re probably going to be forced to remove Boehner as speaker in order to even get to that point.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    So? What bothers me is the 44% who think Obama is even PARTLY to blame.

    Let’s see if I have this straight…

    Two groups of kids play a game of basketball on the neighborhood playground, and just to make things interesting, they have a little wager; Losing team buys the ice cream. When the game’s over, not only does the losing team REFUSE to buy the ice-cream, but one spoiled rotten little brat on the losing team goes whining to his father, the rich industrialist, who proceeds to buy the land on which the playground is built, shuts it down, and schedules it for demolition…

    And you’re telling me that there people out there who HONESTLY want to blame the CAPTAIN of the WINNING TEAM?!!

  • Sandika