Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), two of the main architects of the government shutdown and cheerleaders for allowing default, are fond of saying they are simply following the “will of the people.” The question is, are they?
Recent polls would seem to indicate that they are apparently not doing the will of the people since both are seeing their approval ratings plummet.
In Utah, state polls show that Lee’s numbers have fallen from an approval rating among state Republicans in June of 71% to a favorable rating of 57% with a 51% unfavorable rating among Utahans in general with a 40% favorable rating. It would seem that the people of Utah did not send him to Washington to shutdown the government after all.
These numbers do not come from some “liberal” outsider poll, the poll that developed these numbers was conducted by Brigham Young University, an in state conservative organization.
57% of those polled say that they want him to compromise on the budget.
For his part Tail Gunner has gone from a nationwide favorable rating of 24% with 18% viewing him unfavorably in June to an October unfavorable rating of 36% with 26% giving him a favorable rating.
Clearly these men need to reevaluate their stance. Unlike them, the American people understand that refusal to compromise is not a matter of standing on principles, it is a wrong headed attitude as to how a government functions.
See Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks explain his take on this latest development in the video below.