Polls Show the American People No Longer Consider the GOP a Viable Party

The poll numbers are in for the Republican Party after their shutdown temper tantrum earlier this month, and they spell very bad news for them and good news for the Democratic Party.

The latest CNN/ORC International survey, which took place between Friday, October, 18, 2013 and Sunday, October 20, 2013, discovered that 54% of the public believes that the Republican Party is bad for the country.  Consider that for a moment.  The Republican Party is not just unpopular.  The public does not just disagree with their stance.  The public believes the Republican Party is actually bad for the country.  That is also an 11 point increase from a poll taken last December, just one month after the 2012 election when the Republican Party kept their majority in the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, there is a certain amount of the public that still cannot see Republicans for the frauds they are.  38% still believe that it is a good thing that House Republicans are still in control.  That number is quickly diminishing.  Compared to last December’s poll, that is a 13% drop in support.

The latest poll results mark the first time since Republicans took back control of the House of Representatives in 2010 that a majority of the public does not feel confident with the GOP in control.

Things look even worse for Speaker of the House John Boehner.   Because of a total lack of confidence in his leadership, which was quite apparent during the shutdown, 63% of the public believes that he should be replaced.  Roughly half of all Republicans feel the same way.

During the shutdown, Republicans attempted to throw the blame on President Obama and their Democratic colleagues.  A majority of the public saw through their lies.  Republicans, realizing they were not winning the debate, decided they should take ownership of it, and start working on their spin.

At the end of the shutdown, Speaker Boehner said, “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win.”  What exactly did they fight for and lose, if they were not responsible for the shutdown in the first place.  If the Democrats were truly responsible for the shutdown, Republicans could have called the reopening a victory for them.  Instead, they came out with their heads up their posterior, and tried to say they fought a good fight.

This “good fight” they lost was all about ObamaCare.

ObamaCare has been a law for three years now.  There was nothing for President Obama or Democrats to negotiate with, as it was not a bill on the floor.  You cannot just simply start negotiating away laws whenever you feel like it.  If Republicans wanted to change the law, there are ways to go about that.  They could have offered amendments, brought those up for debate, gathered support and passed them.  Instead, they chose to waste time and money with 42 repeal attempts, knowing full well it would never pass the Senate or receive the President’s signature.

Further, what Speaker Boehner called a “good fight” put 800,000 federal workers and countless government contractors out of work, cost the government $2.4 billion and the economy at least $24 billion.

As the common idiom goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”  Apparently, a government shutdown skinks all ships.  In the CNN/ORC poll, only 12% of those questioned approve of the job that Congress is doing, only 2 points away from the lowest approval rating since CNN began their poll.  That leads to the question, who is this 12%, and what exactly does the Congress have to do to lose their approval.  86% give all federal lawmakers a “thumbs down.”

It is that number that is upsetting.  The media is so concerned about burning bridges with any one particular group, they feel it necessary to go with the line, and say it with me now, “Both parties are to blame.”

“The biggest change on that question is the 21% who volunteer that they don’t have confidence in either side — a remarkably high number that is roughly double its usual level,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

To put blame on both parties is simply disingenuous.  Democrats fought tooth and nail to come to a deal with Republicans.  Democrats gave Republicans all the budget cuts they requested and even continued the sequestration.  Republicans had agreed to the deal, until Senator Ted Cruz decided this was the issue he would destroy the Republican Party with.  Suddenly, the deal was off, and no amount of compromise would bring them to the table.  Thus, the shutdown occurred.  Where exactly is the Democratic blame in this?  That they were not willing to harm the people by repealing a law that was debated, voted on, passed through both the House and Senate, received the President’s signature, and was upheld by the Supreme Court?  Yet, the media continues with that story line, and both Republicans and Democrats are being brought down.  It is just the Republicans are sinking like a rock, and Democrats are still treading water.

Apparently the Republicans have not suffered enough, and are looking to put salt on their wounds, as they have vowed not to give up the fight to dismantle ObamaCare, and are pointing to the issues with the website as their excuse.  This will backfire even more on Republicans, because as the issues are resolved and people start seeing how much money they can save, more will approve of ObamaCare, as is starting to happen already.

The president addressed the debacle at an event Monday at the White House, saying there was no way to sugarcoat the issues that applicants have experienced.

According to the poll, just more than four in 10 say they favor the law, with 56% opposed to it.

Life is never black and white, and the 56% opposed to the law proves this to be true.

[O]f those opposed, 38% say they are against the law because they think it’s too liberal and 12% say it’s not liberal enough. That means that 53% either support ObamaCare, or say it’s not liberal enough.

With the 2014 midterm election still a year away, Republicans have plenty of time to rebrand themselves, just as they have for the past 5 when President George W. Bush left office.  Even with an “autopsy” of the party that took place after the 2012 election, Republicans refused to accept the results.  If Republicans decided today they would stop obstructing and work with the President for the good of the country, they may be able to gather back at least some support from the center-right.  However, we know better, as Republicans hatred for the President runs too deep.  As long as Democrats continue to do what is right, protect the progress we have made in this country, and remind the public every single day of what the Republican Party did to this country to prove a point, we should be able to regain the House in 2014.  Then, there is no stopping what we can achieve.


President Obama addresses Healthcare.gov’s rollout issues, and promises they will be resolved.  He also caught a fainting woman, and never skipped a beat.

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Salvatore Aversa attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in History in 2009. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Nicole and their Chocolate Labrador Godiva.