As I discussed yesterday, Republicans are at a disadvantage politically over the sequester battle because the voters like and trust Barack Obama and his positions more than they like the Republicans and their views. Bloomberg released a poll last night which is consistent with other recent polls showing greater support for Obama and reduced support for the Republicans:
President Barack Obama enters the latest budget showdown with Congress with his highest job- approval rating in three years and public support for his economic message, while his Republican opponents’ popularity stands at a record low.
Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to a Bloomberg National poll conducted Feb. 15-18. Only 35 percent of the country has a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest rating in a survey that began in September 2009. The party’s brand slipped six percentage points in the last six months, the poll shows.
Americans by 49 percent to 44 percent believe Obama’s proposals for government spending on infrastructure, education and alternative energy are more likely to create jobs than Republican calls to cut spending and taxes to build business confidence and spur employment.
“The Republicans are not offering any new solutions,” said poll respondent Cynthia Synos, 62, a political independent who lives in the St. Louis suburb of Greendale, Missouri. “Their answer is always tax cuts and incentives for business. I’ve never heard them say anything innovative to spark the economy that would help the other 85, 90 percent of people that have to deal with the economy as it is.”
A USA Today/Pew Poll shows that most voters support Obama’s positions over those held by Republicans and that “just 22% of Americans, nearly a record low, consider themselves Republicans.”
And those automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, that are poised to take effect next week?
If no deal is reached to avert them, half of Americans say congressional Republicans will be more to blame. Less than a third would blame Obama first.
The Republican response to being on the losing end in this showdown is to do what they usually do–tell more lies. The Republican National Committee is now running an ad which distorts Obama’s words to falsely make it appear that it is Obama that supports the unpopular budget cuts due to sequestration which are likely to occur. BuzzFeed contrasts Obama’s actual statement with the out of context portion used by the RNC.
I’m getting tired of all the misinformation coming from the Republicans about the budget and sequester. If I wanted to be lied to and deceived I’d reread Gone Girl.