October 21, 2013

CNN's new poll after the government shutdown adds more evidence to the overwhelming conclusion that Republicans have hurt their brand so badly now that Americans don't want them to control the House.

...as a new poll from CNNshows in a fresh way that the shutdown fiasco badly damaged the GOP. Yet if there is anything that could squander these political gains for Dems, it is continued problems with the implementation of the law.

The CNN poll is remarkable. It finds that 54 percent of Americans think continued GOP control of the House is bad for the country, including 59 percent of moderates and 53 percent of independents. (Only around a third of both groups say it’s good for the country.) Even a plurality of seniors — a crucial midterm constituency, along with indys, and a group Dems are working to win over — says GOP rule in the House is bad for the country, by 47-46.

The poll also finds that Americans have more confidence in Obama rather than Republicans to deal with the major issues facing the country by 44-31. Among moderates, those numbers are 51-24; among indys they are 34-30; and among seniors they are 45-33.

That's a huge turnaround any way you look at it. Of course it's too early to say this will play out in the 2014 midterms because of the insane amount of gerrymandering, but it shows how Americans feel about the Ted Tea Cruz party. here's another really promising result as well from the poll.

The poll (which does us all a service by asking about the health law in a fine grained way) also finds a total of 53 percent of Americans either favor the law or think it’s not liberal enough.

Not liberal enough, wow! I guess there are more liberals in the country than Chuck Todd believes. Of course Democrats can reverse the results of this poll if they continue on with their insane quest to reform Social Security by implementing the chained-CPI approach. That would anger Americans to no end and destroy whatever advantage they now have in the minds of John Q Public.

Speaker Jon Boehner also took a big hit in the poll:

"We fought the good fight. We just didn't win," Boehner said at the end of the shutdown. And while he received a standing ovation at a closed gathering of House Republicans as the crisis came to a close, he may not see anything to applaud in the new poll.

"John Boehner fares just as badly as the GOP," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Sixty-three percent of all Americans think that Boehner should be replaced as Speaker of the House, a view shared by roughly half of all Republicans."

it's not helping his own standing as Speaker by appeasing to the Tea Cruz party and he's a pol who loves being Speaker.

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