Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Weekly Tracking Poll: Republicans Remain Deeply Unpopular

It’s true, Pres. Obama’s poll numbers have dropped 7 points since June.  The healthcare debate was bound to do that. If a decent version passes, his numbers will go back up again. The public respons to Getting Things Done positively. It responds to news dominated by Washington fighting negatively–no matter the content of the fight.

Obama’s numbers will also improve as the economy revives.

If I were a Republican elected official or strategist, I wouldn’t take too much delight in less popularity for Pres. Obama: He’s still at 62% popularity (well above W at this point in his first term and statistically even with Clinton at same point).  Further, Congressional Republicans are at 10% popularity and, considering that the public wants the healthcare bill they are trying to kill, “success” could hurt them badly.  Congressional Democrats are down to 40% popularity, but much of that is due to the “Blue Dogs” kissing up to the healthcare industry instead of doing what they were elected to do.


July 31, 2009 - Posted by | U.S. politics


  1. Let’s see, endorsing the “birthers,” killing healthcare reform to “hurt the President,” numerous family values men getting caught with another woman (or man), and total negativity will get you a 10% rating every day.

    Comment by Ralph | July 31, 2009

  2. Surprise, Republicans are at 10% popularity in a DAILY KOS poll. How about some major nonpartisan polls?

    Pew – Obama approval 54% Disapproval 34%
    Gallup – Obama approval 54% Disapproval 40%

    Gallup records show George Bush in the mid-50’s at this point in his first year of office.

    But no, Congress is not faring well, especially Republicans. Looks like the Blue dogs have become the fiscal conservatives.

    Comment by K Gray | July 31, 2009

  3. And don’t forget the “deathers,” the new group of Republicans who are spreading the lie that Health Care Reform includes the killing of the elderly. Consider the following quotes.

    REP. VIRGINIA FOXX (R-NC): “Republicans have a better solution that won‘t put the government in charge of people‘s health care, that will make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans, and that insures affordable access for all Americans, and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.”

    REP. PAUL BROUN (R-G): “A lot of people are going to die. This program of government option that‘s being touted as being this panacea, the savior of allowing people to have quality health care at an affordable price, is going to kill people.”

    RUSH LIMBAUGH, TALK RADIO HOST: “People at a certain age with certain diseases will be deemed not worth the investment, and they will just—as Obama said—they‘ll give them some pain pills and let them loop out until they die and they don‘t even know what‘s happened.”

    Who wouldn’t approve of birthers and deathers and C-Streeters?

    Comment by Mike Kear | August 1, 2009

  4. But Kay, Daily Kos doesn’t run that tracking poll, they just report it. The poll is done by Research 2000 which had some of the most accurate polling during both the ’06 and ’08 election cycles. Pew and Gallup are both reputable firms and they do show Obama at a lower approval rating than R2K does. But every poll out there shows Congressional Republicans in ultra low territory–even for Congress normally. Congress usually polls poorly–since the early ’60s. Earlier this year when Congress passed the stimulus and other legislation, it had ratings in the upper 40s, very high for Congress. And Congressional Dems were very high.

    If a strong healthcare reform bill passes and other legislation passes, Congress as a whole will rebound–as will Obama. Again, the public likes results.

    As for the Blue Dogs as “fiscal conservatives,” I beg to differ. A robust public option that forces healthcare insurance companies to compete and lower prices is MORE fiscally responsible than their insistance that the “death by spreadsheet” bandits be allowed to keep gouching us for ever poorer coverage. Single payer–while more expensive to set up–would actually operate the most effiently.

    So, I think the Progressive Caucus is actually more fiscally responsible.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 1, 2009

  5. Not familiar with Fox but Broun and Limbaugh are of the lunatic fringe. Broun’s father was a respected Democrat in the State Sen for years and a very reasonable man. Too bad that apple fell a long way from the tree.

    Comment by Ralph | August 1, 2009

  6. Agreed, Republicans are unpopular and have not even found effective spokespeople. But Research 2000 is partisan (liberal) and its presidential approval poll is an outlier. I’m not sure why.

    I’m frustrated that I have to read the healthcare reform bill for myself, and when I do, I find surprise after surprise. The only places I find true information (not spin) are in blogs which cite original sources (the bill itself, CBO reports, studies).

    I’m frustrated by the spin, myths and hyberbole from both sides — that this will save money, that it casts off the elderly, that your private health plan will be unaffected, that everyone will be covered — when the facts and the bill itself plainly show otherwise.

    Who knows what yesterday’s committee compromises are, or what they mean? We don’t, and most of Congress doesn’t seem to either.

    No wonder Independents are growing.

    Comment by K Gray | August 1, 2009

  7. Well I suppose that I am a Blue Dog Democrat (and a Southerner). I got tired of the Far Right running the Republican party. Republicans are in serious trouble, because they have a dearth of ideas. Most of them just like to denigrate Obama, Biden and Democrats in general. And they need some leaders – the ones that they have do not impress most people.

    Comment by Paul | August 1, 2009

  8. Hey Paul, you may be the new power demographic!

    Comment by K Gray | August 1, 2009

  9. I voted Obama and I did so for what I thought were good reasons. As for Republicans, I would be concerned if I was one of their party leaders. They have to become a force (somehow someway) outside of Dixie to remain viable or else they go the way (at some point) of the Whigs-remeber them ?

    Comment by Paul | August 2, 2009

  10. Obama’s polls lowering don’t necessarily mean people don’t want health reform, but that maybe he’s not pushing hard enough for true universal coverage.

    Comment by Steven Kippel | August 5, 2009

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