Looking Bad for the #GOP:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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.
From NBC News
The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level.
By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.
. . .“These numbers lead to one inescapable conclusion: The Republicans are not tone deaf; they are stone deaf.”
Also Looking Bad: Congress
From Public Policy Polling
Hemorrhoids, toenail fungus, dog poop, and cockroaches all might be a little bit gross- but they're all more popular than Congress. Hemorhoids beat out Congress 53/31 with bipartisan support. On the other three there's a partisan split- Republican voters go for Congress while Democrats take the alternative but overall it's a 47/40 victory for dog poop, a 44/41 one for toenail fungus, and a 44/42 triump for cockroaches.
Now the news is not all bad for Congress. It's at least still more popular than serial killers (56/18 over Charles Manson), foreign enemies (51/22 over Syria, 49/28 over Vladimir Putin), and controversial celebrities (46/31 over Miley Cyrus, 42/33 over Honey Boo Boo, and 40/36 over Lindsey Lohan). Democrats at least take Honey Boo Boo and Lindsey Lohan over Congress, but Miley, well she's on her own. Congress also outpolls heroin (53/24), Anthony Weiner (50/23), the Ebola virus (47/28), and twerking (37/33).
Alas the list of things voters like more than Congress is a longer one. Much derided mothers in law (64/20), public radio fundraising drives (60/25), and even Wall Street (46/15) all do better than Congress by at least a 30 point margin. It's also only appropriate for Halloween month that witches (46/32) and zombies (43/37) outpoll Congress as well.
But perhaps the greatest indignity of all indignities...we found in May that Americans absolutely hate hipsters. But give voters a choice? They'll take the hipsters over Congress 42/33. But maybe you knew that, like 2 years ago.
Congressional approval now at 5%, lowest ever, beneath Ebola virus Somali pirates and Athlete's foot. Project GOP rebrand going swimmingly.
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) October 9, 2013
So based on the polls the GOP is basically down to these nasty trolls in my Twitter stream...— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) October 11, 2013
Fox/talk radio bubble MT @DemFromCT it seems the GOP really think the polls are wrong and the people will rise. Why?— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 2, 2013
Never seen a poll released before that essentially is a death knell for a political party. Wow: http://t.co/OgImx3csvF
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 10, 2013
BREAKING: Doing dumb things that people hate and are bad for the economy will make you unpopular. http://t.co/53NmcIiZdp
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) October 10, 2013
Zombies are winning, and I have to agree. pic.twitter.com/L5rLPzzNVL
— Tom Wellborn (@TLW3) October 10, 2013
GOP pollster Bill McInturff, who does the NBC poll, warned Rs last month this was going to happen: http://t.co/db2qZdKIcg
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 10, 2013
Poll: Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown over President Obama by a 53-31 margin http://t.co/cbXM94xbx7
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 10, 2013
BREAKING: Poll finds 28% approve of GOP and 72% are normal.
— Barracks O'Bama (@P0TUS) October 10, 2013
POLL: Bucket filled with vomit now has 23% higher approval rating than House GOP
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) October 8, 2013
More Americans believe in #bigfoot than approve of the #gop #shutdown #GOPfail #nowthisisscary pic.twitter.com/dq4MDFDAZB
— Tence (@TenceWolfe) October 10, 2013