A brand new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday evening shows that the American people are fed up over the shut down, and they blame Republicans. By a large margin Americans blame Congressional Republics over President Obama 53% to 41%. Since 47% of Americans voted for Romney in the last election, it looks like even many Republicans are blaming their own party as well.
What is worse for Republicans is that 70% of the American people disapprove of the Republican strategy of shutting down the government or threatening default to gut Obamacare. Furthermore, the number of Americans who approve of the Republican Party reached a new all time low today dropping 4% in one day over the previous all time low. Only 24% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the one-time party of Abraham Lincoln.
To put acid in the Republicans open wounds, Obama’s approval rating has gone up and worse, the poll found that the approval rating of Obamacare has gone up 7% after the shut down. The Republican premise of the shut down was that the American people want Obamacare repealed, defunded, delayed, or damaged. The poll does not bear them out.
Many Congressional Republicans have been going in front of TV cameras saying that the government shutdown is a good thing. A grinning and cocky Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said that the people “will find that they can actually get along with a whole lot less government than they thought.”
Representative Blackburn totally misjudged the American people. The poll found 73% of Americans believe that the shut down is “quite serious.”
If one puts these numbers in historical perspective, Americans in far greater numbers blame Republicans for this shut down than they did in the last shutdown under Speaker Newt Gingrich. Every question asked in this poll is worse for the Boehner-Cruz shutdown than the Gingrich shutdown.
The Koch Brothers must have seen this coming because on Wednesday they went public in an effort to distance themselves from the Republicans in congress—the very Congressmen they put in office.
Meanwhile, Tea Party Senator and father of the government shutdown said that his poll shows that the American people blame Obama and support. He probably has little credibility.
House Republicans met with President Obama Thursday. Before the meeting Speaker Boehner floated an offer they were going to present to President Obama whereby they would agree to a short term debt ceiling increase if the president agreed to negotiate over the budget. They did not agree to re-open the government. President Obama rejected that saying the government needs to be opened now.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said after the White House meeting that the White House staff and House staff are continuing to work on ideas to end this crisis. At least initially, Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor did not go to an open microphone blasting the president. President Obama released a statement saying that he and Republicans had a good meeting and they will keep talking.
Perhaps when Republicans realize what they have wrought, this disaster will end.