The government shutdown has been bad for all Americans, but it is hitting the Republican party the hardest.
When the government was shut down following the inability of Congress to come to agreeable terms of a deal on October 1st, the American people decided to cast blame. Republicans were hoping that Democrats would feel the most pain in the aftermath, pointing to the uneasy feeling of the Affordable Care Act by the American people and the high national debt. Despite the hopeful aspirations of the GOP, their plan doesn't seem to be working out too well for them.
According to the most recent Gallup poll, Republicans are watching their approval rating hit historic lows.
"With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992."
While Republicans are struggling with their public image, President Obama is having success and from an unlikely source. A new Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll was released over the weekend and shows the president's approval on the rise. Rasmussen, a right-wing leaning poll, reports that President Obama's approval is now over the critical 50 percent threshold, sitting at 51 percent.
President Obama isn't just watching his approval increase, he's also watching the approval of his health care law improve. According to a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, 38 percent of the American people think 'Obamacare' is a good idea, which is a sharp 7-point increase from the previous month. It’s the third-highest popularity rating in its history and comes at a time when the president needs it to be supported.
The United States government is less than a week away from not being able to pay its bills and Americans are still scratching their heads wondering what will come next. If polls are to be believed, the Republican party needs to get their act together, bite their tongue and pull back their radical demands.