GOP Suffers More as Americans Turn Anger on Washington

Friday, 04 Oct 2013 12:33 PM

By Dan Weil

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Public anger at the political dysfunction that led to the government's shutdown has spiked to record levels, a new CBS poll shows.

A total of 43 percent of Americans say they are not just unhappy, they are angry about the way things are going in Washington.

That represents an increase of 13 percentage points since March and is the highest percentage since CBS began asking the question in 2010.

An additional 44 percent of Americans say they're dissatisfied with the way things are going in Washington. Only 8 percent are satisfied and 2 percent enthusiastic.

Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.

The poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first two days of the shutdown caused by a failure of Congress and President Barack Obama to agree on funding. Just over 1,000 adults were questioned.

It showed that Republicans are losing the propaganda battle as the public's view of those in the GOP has turned more sour than their opinion of Democrats.

Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have used every opportunity to try to pin the blame for the shutdown on Republicans and the poll results suggest their tactic is working.

While a majority disapproves of how both sides are conducting budget negotiations, 72 percent disapprove of congressional Republicans, while 61 percent disapprove of Obama and Congressional Democrats.

A total of 44 percent put more blame on Republicans in Congress for the government shutdown, compared to 35 percent who point the finger at Democrats. An additional 17 percent blame both equally.

A Fox News poll conducted Oct. 1-2 shows that 59 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party, up from 46 percent about a year ago. Democrats' unfavorable rating has risen less — to 49 percent from 41 percent.

And Republican attempts to demonize Obamacare also appear to be faltering. The polls show the Affordable Care Act does not rank as Americans' chief concern.

A total of 73 percent think Congress' top priority should be to get the government running again, while just 21 percent think it should be to stop Obamacare from being implemented.

And 72 percent of Americans oppose shutting the government down over Obamacare, compared to 25 percent who support the idea.

Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.

But a poll from the conservative American Action Forum in 18 congressional districts, conducted Sept. 25-26, found that 55 percent of voters support the GOP attempt to delay Obamacare's individual mandate by a year through the budget.

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