With the country only a day away from defaulting on the national debt, House Republicans are scrambling to cover their butts after a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 74 percent of Americans blame the House Republicans for the Shutdown, and the resulting financial crisis.
Defaulting on the national debt just might cause another stock market crash and send the country, and the rest of the world, into another Great Depression.
The question is: will the House Republicans let that happen and then play the blame game? Or will they do something to avert a financial disaster.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that ¾ of Americans don’t like the risky way that the House Republicans are dealing with the looming deadline on the national debt.
The poll, released Monday, showed that even rank and file Republicans blame House Republicans for the mess caused by the Shutdown. A full 47 percent of self-identified Republicans across the country disapprove of the job that Congressional Republicans are doing.
What’s worse for House Republicans is that only 27 percent of Republicans “strongly approve” of the way House Republicans have handled budget negotiations.
When only 27% of your supporters like what you’re doing, you’re in trouble. Senator John McCain was right when he said, “We’re down to blood relatives and paid staffers.”
The poll found that political independents, who play a critical role in determining who wins the Shutdown, such as New York’s 23rd Congressional District, in the next election, are the ones who are most dissatisfied with House Republicans.
According to the poll, 76 percent of Independents disapprove of House Republicans. The approval rating for House Democrats is 8% higher, and the approval rating for President Obama is 18% higher.
That’s why House Republicans in damage control mode. It has nothing to do with financial responsibility. The seats of Republicans in swing districts are suddenly in jeopardy.