Exactly a week ago, Rush Limbaugh announced on his program that the Republicans were elected with a “mandate.” This mandate, according to Jabba the Rush, was to “stop Obama.”
A new poll from Pew indicates that Rush isn’t the only one who feels that way.
The report, which was published on Wednesday, is an accurate read on the state of the electorate given what we’ve seen so far, and there are a number of interesting features. For instance, there’s a larger number of people who are “unhappy” with the Republican sweep than at any point in the past (then get out and vote next time?), but the percentage that considers them happy with the sadists that got elected is still larger, and by a full 10 points.
The poll shows that about 21% of the population say that the Republican control is going to change the heading for the country. Opponents of the ACA are divided over the repeal, with 51% disapproving of the law and half of that 51% claiming the law should be thrown out altogether. Likewise, the Keystone Pipeline remains politically contentious, although the majority of Americans (a full 59%) favor building the pipeline.
The real interesting results, however, note that Republicans don’t really want the Republican Party to govern — they’d rather the Republicans focus their effort on stopping that Black man in office:
Well, at least they weren’t voting under any false pretenses of the GOP’s ability to govern. The GOP isn’t fit to govern a bake sale, leave off a government.
Relating to extremist Republicans, I’ve noted before that voices have been saying this victory was bad thing for the Republican Party. Pew has officially confirmed it, and here’s why:
Those figures highlight the growing schism between the different factions under the label “Republican.” It’s a tug of war between their extremist base and their inability to govern, and everyone is going to pay for it.
h/t Mother Jones