As GOP Continues to Wage Prolonged, Partisan Battles, American People are Turning Away From Republican Party
Republicans Would Do Well to Listen to American People and Work With Democrats to Get Things Done
“Long, drawn-out skirmishes over the debt ceiling, the supercommittee and the payroll tax holiday have led to a 64 percent unfavorable rating for Republicans, with their favorable numbers sitting at 29 percent, according to an internal poll conducted by GOP pollster David Winston in the final days of December 2011.”
Asked if they approve or disapprove of Republicans in Congress, 75% of Americans disapproved of the GOP. Only 21% approved. Disapproval is up from 63% in April of last year.
Asked “Do you think the Republicans in Congress have mostly brought the right kind of change to the country, mostly brought the wrong kind of change, or have not really brought much change either way,” only 12% of respondents said Republicans had brought the right kind of change. 31% of Americans said republicans have brought the wrong kind of change and 54% said Republicans have not brought much change.
Asked their preference of this year’s congressional elections, 47% of respondents preferred a Democratic-controlled Congress while 41% prefer a Republican controlled Congress. This is a complete reversal from August of 2011, when 47% preferred a Republican-controlled Congress and 41% preferred a Democrat-controlled Congress.
“The public is not assigning blame equally between President Obama and Republicans in Congress for the partisan gridlock over key legislation. In the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, 60 percent say Mr. Obama is attempting to work with Congressional Republicans to try to accomplish something; 27 percent say Republicans in Congress are making the same effort to work things out with the president.”