Saturday, October 12, 2013

The polls for the Republicans just keep getting worse. This might be the worst one yet.

Here Ezra Klein of the Washington Post provides the highlights. (Or is that "low" lights?):

The latest NBC/WSJ poll is just a disaster for the GOP. The highlights: 

- By a 22-point margin, the public thinks the Republican Party is more to blame for the shutdown than President Obama. NBC's Mark Murray notes that that's "a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96." 

- Like Gallup, this poll shows the Republican Party at record levels of unpopularity. Only 24 percent have a favorable opinion of the GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Both are "all-time lows in the history of the poll." 

- Last month, voters preferred a Democratic Congress to a Republican Congress by three points. This month, it's up to eight points. 

- Obama's approval rating has nudged up by two percent. This is a similar finding to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, which found Obama's numbers slightly improved even as the GOP plummeted.

 - Despite the awful launch, Obamacare is becoming more popular. Last month, 31 percent said it was a good idea and 44 percent said it was a bad idea. This month, 38 percent think it's a good idea and 43 percent think it's a bad idea.

 - Most people don't know enough about Sen. Ted Cruz to register an opinion. But among those who do, Cruz fares poorly: 28 percent have as negative opinion and only 14 percent have a positive opinion. 

So to sum up the Republican strategy thus far has made THEM more unpopular than ever before, improved the President's popularity, and even helped improve the poll numbers for Obamacare.

Damn talk about the gang that couldn't shoot straight!

If they keep this up much longer Obama will see his poll numbers go through the roof, EVERYBODY will be clamoring for Obamacare, and the Republicans will be considered such damaged goods that they couldn't even get elected hall monitor.

In fact at least one of the President's supporters was so thrilled with this new poll that he sent Ted Cruz a fancy gift basket:  

Buoyed by a new poll showing that the current federal shutdown has whacked the Republicans and lifted support for Obamacare, one of the president's closest allies decided to thank the architect of the GOP strategy with a fancy gift basket. 

“Dear Ted,” said the card to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on the fruit and snack basket from 1-800-FLOWERS sent by Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change and the former Democratic Party communications director. “A Texas sized thank you!! Thanks to you, Obamacare is more popular and the GOP is less so. Keep up the Good Work!! Yours, Americans United for Change.” 

He added, “it's the best $90 we've spent.” The gag gift, which cost $91.98 including the service charge, is called “Fruit Gathering,” and meant for “your closest friends,” according to the website.

Hey maybe we should all start doing that. I wonder what will happen to Cruz's support among the Tea Party if his office starts filling up with thank you gift baskets from Democrats?

Could be fun to find out.


  1. LoveAndKnishesFromBrooklyn3:54 AM

    ...and the Dem's gift basket far surpassed the tacky little vending machine souvenir box that slithered down to Carnival Cruz from an admirer in AK the other day!

    1. Anonymous9:50 AM

      she's classless and a cheapskate...

  2. Anonymous5:56 AM

    Ok I'm sick of the "political snark". Ted Cruz is not funny. Sarah Palin is not funny.
    Rumor is political snark is what is keepin' her sorry ass around and out of jail.
    Enough. Throw all the bastards in Jail.
    Overturn Citizens United.
    Fire the teabags in Congress.
    Get the country rolling.
    The fact the dems are "rah-rah" this pisses me off as their stupid emails about "Sarah Palin's death panels".
    I notice now they credit the woman Dorothy? for that NOW (DP) but come on.
    Lets get serious!
    Never count yer chickens before they hatch!
    Until Palin and the tea party are gone along with fox news,
    Gift baskets are not needed! Especially from donations! Ted fuckin' Cruz can buy his own gift basket.

  3. Sounds like somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. If you don't keep a sense of humor...well, just don't lose it. You'll be happier for it.

  4. Anonymous7:58 AM

    Fresh -vs- SMOKED
    The Fruit Gathering Basket sure beats Palin's $40.95 "Arctic Sun Melody" processed gift. Sarah's cheap even with other people's money and to her good friend no less. (Box #2)

    1 pkg. Hickory Smoked Salmon
    1 pkg. Honey Smoked Salmon
    1 pkg. Creole Smoked Salmon
    1 pkg. Cajun Smoked Salmon
    6.5 oz. Canned Smoked Salmon
    7.0 oz. Fresh Canned Salmon
    3.2 oz. Alaskan Salmon Seasoning

  5. I think it's hilarious! It reminds me of when people sent money to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palins name.

  6. Anonymous9:20 AM

    I'm having a harder time laughing over all of this. Because of this shutdown I can't work which means I have no pay.
    M from md

  7. Anonymous9:22 AM

    It is probable IMO that more people have sought information about the ACA and have learned affordable health insurance is Obamacare. This is a fail for Republicans that more people are getting factual information.

    Most people are not buying the lies about a slimdown or that this shutdown is not hurting anyone. The 800k furloughed and working without pay employees are well aware they are out of a salary because the Republicans want to do away with ACA, a law passed. People are justifiably angry about the impact of the shutdown, BS distractions while disregarding the effects on people. Economic uncertainty from the shutdown is escalated by threats to not raise the debt ceiling.

    IMO the Republicans miscalculate the average intelligence of the
    people and keep doing the same thing, lying to win power instead of practical, logical reason and problem solving.

    Not once have I heard what the Republucans are proposing constructively except to stop Obamacare.

  8. Anonymous11:41 AM

    This is O/T but related:
    One-third of our fellow citizens BELIEVE that 'the Syrian conflict portends the end of the world.'

    I think AlterNet is doing a great job lately in bringing out stories about the different currents of belief flowing through our body politic and illustrating the negative consequences of a lack of critical thinking abilities.



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