You know, it’s almost as though the GOP has just thrown up it’s hands and said “Screw it!” with their hopes for 2016. With all that’s happened over the last year, most of which we’ve reported on through various degrees of snark, disgust and derision, the GOP is finding itself well short of any serious political hopes beyond 2014.
Lacking real-world efficacy, and apparently unswayed by the rationale of last season’s “GOP autopsy,” FOX and friends have officially doubled down on the utterly unelectable.
Today, FOX released the results of a national poll it took from December 14th to 16th asking the public (in the form of phone interviews with 1,027 registered voters) who it favored as presidential candidates in the 2016 elections. The poll was said to be random, conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research.
About 40% of those polled identified as Democrat, 37% identified as Republican, and 22% said they were independent or other.
The main thrust of the poll is this: While an approximately equal number of Americans would likely vote Republican as Democrat in the next election, Democrats have a very clear idea of who they’d vote for. Republicans, on the other hand, have no clue.
About 68% of Dems said they’d strongly favor Hillary Clinton over any other potential candidate, utterly crushing second-place Joe Biden, who had 12% of the poll. That much is no great shock, since we’ve been saying that for years. The Republicans numbers are far more telling, though:
- Chris Christie — 16
- Ted Cruz — 12
- Paul Ryan — 12
- Jeb Bush — 12
- Rand Paul — 11
- Marco Rubio — 8
- Scott Walker — 6
- Rick Santorum — 3
- Rick Perry — 3
So, unless the Republicans suddenly come up with a new wunderkind by 2016, we can expect a bloodbath in the elephant pen and a crushing loss to the pachyderms in the 2016 elections. You know when Chris Christie is your front runner, and Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush are tied for second place, you’ve pretty much given up hope of having an electable candidate. And since supporters of each are so often mutually exclusive, the GOP vote in 2016 will likely become more of a public protest than a real campaign.
So…shall we monogram your napkins now, President Clinton II?
While we could rightfully call FOX’s poll a victory dance for Clinton, it does contain some other rather fascinating information. For the most part, it hems and haws quite a bit on Obama and the ACA (phrased “Obamacare” in the survey questionnaire) popularity ratings or shortcomings. No surprise there. But here’s an interesting example of the Republican disconnect from reality.
Even with Obama’s approval ratings running at 41% in mid December (up 1% from last month), most Republican voters still believe that those who voted for Obama rue the day they did. About 71% of Romney voters said that Obama voters probably regretted their decision in 2012. The real number of Obama voters who regret the decision: 18 percent.
Also interesting is this fact: While only 16% of those polled said they approved of the job Congress as a whole is doing, 31% approve of the Democrats’ work performance, and 22% approve of the Republicans’. As a whole, Republicans in Congress were pretty much universally hated, rating just barely highest among white women under 35 years old, making less than $50K a year, having no college education and voting Tea Party.
Men, college graduates, people over 35, those making over $50K a year and independent voters tended to hate Congress the most. That’s especially relevant, given the fact that this is the Right Wing’s hardest-core demographic and party leadership…and that five out of nine of the Republican front-runners for nomination work in Congress.
It’s going to be a blue, blue decade …
H/T: Thanks, FOX!