While 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.
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