Some Good News For Shutdown-Weary Republicans

Silver linings for the GOP

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Speaker John Boehner in the basement of the Capitol on October 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The GOP has been taking a hit in the court of public opinion over the ongoing government shutdown and looming debt crisis, but a new poll shows it’s not all bad for Republicans.

The Pew survey out Tuesday echoes others in find more Americans blame Republicans for the Washington gridlock (47 percent) than blamed President Barack Obama (36 percent). But there’s some silver linings for Republicans, too.

Here are four pieces of good news for the GOP in Pew’s latest poll.

  • On the question of who is best able to handle the economy, more say the GOP (44%) than the Democrats (37%), with Independents even more strongly in favor of the GOP (46%) over Democrats (30%).
  • Roughly an equal number of respondents say the GOP (42%) is best equipped to run the federal government as say the Democrats are (39%). That’s a decisive shift from 2012 when the Democratic Party held a nine-point lead on the question.
  • Barack Obama receives the lowest favorability rating of his presidency, 47%.
  • Though a near record high of 58% Americans hold an unfavorable view of the GOP, that number—even after all the partisan battles of recent months—is unchanged from July. The GOP’s favorability ratings are slightly up at 38% from a low of 33% in July.
24 comments
Neosaigo
Neosaigo

Because people on the left doesn't like Democrats to run the government either, that is why the data looks that way.

Democrat's only sell point is that they are not Republicans these days, and it is understandable.

C4LCNCPLS
C4LCNCPLS

It's great to see the Republicans stand up and fight for a change.  If Obamacare is good for the public, it should be good for corporations, unions and congress.

DieterBaden
DieterBaden

"there’s some silver linings" #grammarfail

amadeus8888
amadeus8888

The whole Republicrats Vs. Demoncrats charade is a scam and fewer people are buying it everyday, like the discredited "news"papers and magazines like TIME that help perpetuate the scam. They're all on the same team, and you're not part of it. It is time to eject them all from office as soon as possible and to build a government that actually respects the Constitution.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

This is because polls matter.  Ask President Romney.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

Good news for the GOP in public polling = devastating failure of the public media.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Come default the same morons that think GOP is better at handling the economy better hold onto their hats. Yoho and Rand Paul clips on how great default will be should be played over and over.


jsfox
jsfox

The Republicans have done a good job messaging that they are the best fopr the economy. However, there isn't a single fact to support this belief. Historically they both increase debt and deficit by a greater margin than Democrats. The economy as a whole for all Americans has done worse under Republicans than Democrats and they have never ever shrunk the size of government. 



Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

 Interesting. Using those four bullet points we learn that the republicans have a slight edge on the economy ( both parties below 50%) and a slight edge on running the government ( both parties below 50%) and BHO has slipped to 47%.

Stipulating all that and still the republicans are at 38-58.

People sort of like the idea of conservative policies (or at least what they think are the conservatives policies), they just hate republicans.

ashcom
ashcom

This is hard to believe.  How can anyone approve of the DOP?????  Republicans in Congress are so anti-the U.S. Government, it is heart-rending.

As a moderate Republican of yore, I am beside myself with grief.

GumpChun
GumpChun

What polls is poor DEnver Hicks looking at? The GOP is at 70% disapproval in this, and a 23% approval rating. Nothing like the 38% that Denver cites. 

This sounds like Ted Cruz's poll, LOL.

The GOP are as popular as head lice. 

ApostasyUSA
ApostasyUSA

Preachers are effective at preaching from the Pew.

Question: How is a giving tax cut to a Wall Streeter who peddles exotic financial derivatives and stashing the moneys in tax havens creating jobs for America? We tried it the republican way of trickle down and it turned out to be fairy dust. 

See the bigger picture here is that the Republicans in general, have no policy positions to offer other than that of the tired rhetoric that, "tax cuts and deregulation" are the answer to the problems with our economy. It's obvious by now that cutting taxes for the rich did not create jobs and the war in Iraq was a huge unnecessary burden on the US taxpayer. There’s a huge chunk of the national debt right there. 

I think there is a reason the Republican Party cannot find a good candidate for president. No intelligent, moral person can stand in front of the world and say the ridiculous things needed to obtain the support of the radical and confused wing of today's Republican base of voters. 

It’s like Mark Twain wrote, “Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town?” 

No it's not, so start up the clown car, folks! It's gonna be a really fun ride. 

The party of Kochs from the south once again rear their ugly heads. They're still fighting the Civil War and are against everything. No healthcare, no Post Office, no abortions, no gays, no building of roads or bridges, no environmental regulations. However, the south has the highest divorce rate, the highest percentage of people on government entitlements, and relies on the government for subsidies and relief more than any other part of the US.

The Party of Fools is sinking fast!  Too bad so many Americans are chained to the deck.

Mallymai
Mallymai

@amadeus8888 They're not on the same team, they're just not on our team.  Both parties are lobbied by rich capitalists with widely divergent philosophies, not the "same team" at all.  But it is a government bought and sold by the rich, not by the people and for the people.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@shepherdwong  Certainly when it comes to matters of economics. Or social programs. Or national security. Or...

Fine, you're right. 

rickmonroe
rickmonroe

@jsfox Republicans are lethal to our economy. They have proven this countless times over the past 3 - 5 decades, but people believe the baloney from the media instead of ACTUAL FACTS.   I feel sorry for Republicans at this point, they are a dying breed, becoming faster and faster extinct.  This is one extinction I am looking forward to though.

Fritzie
Fritzie

@jsfox  When the Republicans say they want to shrink government, they only mean they want to deregulate the banks and lower their own taxes – and I guess TIME doesn't allow one to call them "illegitimate offspring" eh? Apparently not, although that's certainly what they are..

manlyman
manlyman

Yep. That ole economy is justa roaring! Ozombie alert!!

mkc0124
mkc0124

@manlyman All your comment did was highlight the fact that you don't know how to interpret the various economic data.  But you got in the rather predictable and trite zinger.  Your buddies at work will surely get a chuckle in the lunchroom tomorrow.  Yay you.

jsfox
jsfox

Quick, look up! That thing that just went screaming over your head was my point.

mkc0124
mkc0124

@manlyman You continue to dazzle with your intellectual prowess.  More, more!!