Congressional approval ratings are in the absolute dumps these days — regardless of party affiliation. That being said, the Republicans are especially taking it on the chin, being seen as the ones who orchestrated the government shutdown as well as pushing us closer to a default on our debts. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that the American people are fed up and ready to call a pox on both houses.
Of those surveyed, 60% feel they’d like to fire every single member of Congress, regardless of their political bent. Pollster Peter D. Hart conducted the WSJ/NBC poll and said, “We continue to use this number as a way to sort of understand how much revulsion there is. We now have a new high-water mark.” Of those polled, 47% said they also do not strongly affiliate with one party or another, and only 14% said they felt the country was going in the right direction.
While it’s true that both parties had bad news in the results of this poll, the GOP is taking it the hardest. A full 53% said the GOP deserves more blame for the shutdown than Obama or the Democrats. Respondents by about an 8% margin said they’d prefer a House controlled by Democrats. Perhaps most damaging in the poll numbers is the fact that GOP approval ratings were at 24% overall, and Tea Party approval ratings were even lower, 21%.
Clearly a large number of Americans are souring on the way the Tea Party has conducted themselves and the numbers are starting to trend that way. Just what it means for next year’s election is anyone’s guess, but one thing is certain. Democrats will be running non-stop ads that highlight the damage done by the government shutdown, the sequester and the wrestling over the debt ceiling. Those commercials could build quite a compelling case for a change in majority in the House, and it would appear Republicans are already building that case against themselves.
Watch this clip of HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski discussing the newest poll numbers: