This isn’t strictly New Jersey, except as vmars’ post below makes clear,the federal government shutdown perpetrated by (some of) our elected reps in Congress is all kinds of mess.
So, I had to flag this poll for you, just out from the Washington Post/ABC News poll:
Hallelujah, the Republicans – and particularly its minority Tea Party faction – are losing the hearts and minds of America. And that’s despite the efforts of people like Chris Christie to somehow equalize out the blame to both parties (though Christie, ever self-promoting, has proposed himself as the solution).
I think this is key, particularly since it becomes ever more obvious that Republicans in Congress are driven by their radical fringe, who claim ultra-patriotism even as they gloss right over key tenets of America like majority rules (have you seen TIME Magazine’s cover photo?) and why playing chicken with default deadlines is a bad idea. And be clear: GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan is PRO-shutdown.
Disapproval of how congressional Republicans have handled this budget dispute (read: deep fear that ACA will be a success) has shot up to 70%, up from 63% about a week earlier. But there’s strong indication that the GOP tantruming baby’s dirty diaper stinks things up for everybody within smelling distance. Approval of President Obama’s response is climbing, but so are his disapproval numbers – moreso (with 39% approving strongly). And 61% now disapprove of congressional Dems (up from 56%) with strong disapproval up to 45%.
Meanwhile approval of Pres. Obama’s response is climbing (Congressional Dems don’t get off easy either, though, proof that the GOP tantruming baby’s diaper stinks it up for everybody nearby;
WaPo cites a schism within the GOP as one reason for the wide unpopularity of Republicans in Congress. By 59 to 39 percent, self-identifying conservatives in the party approve of the way their party’s members of congress have handled budget negotiations in combined interviews over two weeks. But Republicans who identify as moderate or liberal split narrowly: 44% approval to 49% disapproval. By comparison, Obama’s support gets wider approval from Democrats spanning the party’s ideological wings. That’s 77% of Dems approving how he’s handled budget negotiations, with 84% of self-ID’d liberals approving. Moderate and conservative Dems approval of the president are up 11 points from last week.