Yesterday, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) made a startling admission about his party’s strategy to continue their government shutdown. He told the Huffington Post:
“I do think that what reopens shutdowns more than policy are polls.”
That’s funny, because here’s what the polls are saying:
POLITICO (10/7): “The Washington-Post/ABC poll, out Monday, found that 70 percent of Americans believe the Republican Party is doing a poor job handling federal budget negotiations, up from 63 percent just before the government shutdown began. Of those sampled, 51 percent disapprove ‘strongly’ of Republicans in Congress.”
Wall Street Journal (10/7): “Meanwhile, a Pew Research Center poll found more blamed people blamed the GOP than the Obama administration for the shutdown, by a margin of 38-30. These numbers have become more sharply divided since the last Pew poll two weeks ago, when respondents were split on who they would blame.”
ABCNews (10/9): “The Associated Press-GfK survey affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the shutdown, as happened when much of the government closed 17 years ago. …Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown.”
Christian Science Monitor (10/9): “The Republican Party is viewed favorably by only 28 percent of the American public, a 10-percentage-point drop in just the past month, according to the latest Gallup poll. It's the lowest favorability number ever recorded for either party by Gallup, which began asking the question in 1992. …‘The Republican Party is clearly taking a bigger political hit from Americans thus far in the unfolding saga,’ writes Andrew Dugan of Gallup, who notes that a month ago, the GOP had made up ground on key issues. ‘Thus, the Republican Party’s current strategy in the fiscal debates may not be paying dividends.’”
Now are you ready to reopen the government? The GOP shutdown is bad policy, and, as it turns out, the polls aren’t looking so good for Republicans either.