The bad news for the Republican party keeps rolling in. Two new polls were released this week and show that not only is the Republican party in bad standing with the American people, but their number one target, "Obamacare," is actually becoming more popular than they are.
A CNN/ORC International survey and a Washington Post-ABC News poll were both released this week giving great insight into how the American people view the government, both political parties and who they blame for the recent government shutdown. According to the CNN/ORC International survey, 54 percent of the American people think it's a bad thing that Republicans are in control of the House of Representatives, which is an 11 point increase from last December. Of the people who support Republicans leading the House, only 38 percent think it's a good idea, representing a 13-point drop from the end of 2012. Digging deeper into the House of Representatives, over 60 percent of those polled think House Speaker John Boehner (R) should be removed from that role, with only 30 percent standing by the Speaker to remain in position.
President Obama's approval numbers have remained lower than he would like, but are still in better shape than congressional Republicans, The CNN/ORC poll has the president's approval rating at 44 percent, but other polls, such as the right-wing leaning Rasmussen, poll his approval at 51 percent as early as last week. While the President Obama's numbers are low, he is still stronger in the eyes of Americans than his Republican counter parts. The poll shows that 44 percent have more confidence in President Obama, with only 31 percent showing more confidence in congressional Republicans.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll also shows problems for both parties, with Republicans taking the hardest hit. Following the shutdown, Democrats have had to deal with backlash as well. A record 49 percent of those polled disapprove of how Democrats handled the budget negotiations. Republicans took it on chin however, with 63 percent saying they have an unfavorable opinion of the party and only 32 percent giving them a favorable review. What makes matters worse for Republicans is that 40 percent have a "strongly unfavorable" view of the party.
What throws salt on an already wide open wound is that the Affordable Care Act, despite numerous computer glitches, is actually gaining in popularity. The new CNN poll shows that while "Obamacare" is still more unpopular than popular in the eyes of the American people, the trend line is starting to change. Just over 40 percent favor the new health care law, while 56 percent are opposed to it. The poll does dig deeper and shows an interesting statistic.
"Of 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."
Normal rhetoric promotes the idea that the American people are against "Obamacare" because it's a "government takeover" of the health care industry, but that is not the case. If you add the supporters of the Affordable Care Act to those who want the program to be even more liberal, the majority of the country would be in favor.
With the 2014 mid term elections only a year away, the Republican party must change their image and brand if they plan to repeat the success of the 2010 midterms when the Tea Party wave swept into Washington. If the party continues on its current trajectory, the Republican party will continue to fall into disarray.