Proving, once again, that conservatives don’t seem capable of empathy, a surprising new poll by ABC News and The Washington Post shows that Republicans are 14% more likely to say they’ve been hurt by the cuts then Democrats, and of those who have, a whopping 60% disapprove of them. Republicans who have not been hurt by the sequester cuts only disapprove of them by a 42% margin.
These results indicate that personally experiencing the cuts trumps partisanship and ideology. According to ABC news, “Experience of the cuts even trumps partisanship and ideology: Among Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party supporters who’ve been harmed by the cuts, most oppose them. Support is far higher among those in these groups who haven’t felt an impact of sequestration.” While Republicans are steadfast in their opposition to any and all kinds of government spending even for the most vital of middle-class social welfare programs, they feel the pain of cuts to the welfare system even more than Democrats. This is probably due to the fact that red states taken way more federal aid and they contribute in taxes to federal coffers.
This is bad news for the GOP, who came up with, championed, and even cheered the passing of the sequester and its painful spending cuts. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say that they have personally been harmed by the sequester, and of those that have been harmed, a large majority of them disapprove of the cuts. It is possible that a large portion of conservatives that have voted for Tea Party candidates that promote these cuts will now feel a certain buyer’s remorse in 2014.
In general, conservatives are more likely to approve of harsh sequester spending cuts than liberals, but once the cuts affect them personally ideology completely goes out the window. 65% of conservatives impacted by the cuts disapprove of them.
This is typical conservative hypocrisy: Deriding others who receive government benefits as “takers” getting “handouts,” but then turning around and taking even more from the government than liberals and complaining about the cuts their very own politicians implemented. 42% of those who call themselves “somewhat” conservative, 36% of moderates, and 24% of liberals approve of the cuts.
Even though we liberals acknowledge the incredible hypocrisy of the Republican “takers”, we still fight for their welfare and benefits because we have empathy for all suffering Americans. Even though we pay more into it then we take out, we still support the liberal state and fight tooth and nail to maintain it.
The truth is, the only real “takers” in this society are the international banks and multinational corporations that are insisting the United States government to cut back on spending, yet take advantage of every single tax cut, loophole, and subsidy they possibly can.
Watch President Obama detail the painful consequences of the sequester on ALL Americans here: