Poll concludes that voters aren’t stupid; almost half believe Republicans are sabotaging the economy

According to a new poll released today, almost half of voters believe that Republicans are deliberately stalling efforts to better the economy in order to bolster their chances of defeating President Barack Obama.

Objections will be raised stating that this is a left leaning poll, but let’s revisit Mitch McConnell’s statement — which was not concerning the economy, job creation, or bipartisanship to secure a better economy — it was about defeating the President, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Republican leaders took at oath to defeat the President at every turn — which took place on his inauguration day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the latest survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling (PPP), in collaboration with with Daily Kos and SEIU, which results in 49% of registered voters believing that Republicans are “intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy” to ensure Obama’s defeat in November.

Half of all independents surveyed also believe that Republicans are sabotaging the economy.

Recent articles have been circulating which validate this premise.

The Guardian reports:

In recent days, Democrats have started coming out and saying publicly what many have been mumbling privately for years – Republicans are so intent on defeating President Obama for re-election that they are purposely sabotaging the country’s economic recovery. These charges are now being levied by Democrats such as Senate majority leader Harry Reid and Obama’s key political adviser, David Axelrod.

 Republicans have opposed a lion’s share of stimulus measures that once they supported, such as a payroll tax break, which they grudgingly embraced earlier this year. Even unemployment insurance, a relatively uncontroversial tool for helping those in an economic downturn, has been consistently held up by Republicans or used as a bargaining chip for more tax cuts. Ten years ago, prominent conservatives were loudly making the case for fiscal stimulus to get the economy going; today, they treat such ideas like they’re the plague.

Traditionally, during economic recessions, Republicans have been supportive of loose monetary policy. Not this time. Rather, Republicans have upbraided Ben Bernanke, head of the Federal Reserve, for even considering policies that focus on growing the economy and creating jobs.

How much vocal opposition to the stimulus have we read/heard? A lot, but Republicans were for it before they were against it:

“Ten years ago, prominent conservatives were loudly making the case for fiscal stimulus to get the economy going; today, they treat such ideas like they’re the plague.”

H/T: Talking Points Memo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731921527 Mary Aseltyne

    Like Honest Abe said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but, you can’t fool all of the people all of the time!” Mr Boehner, Mr Cantor, and Mr McConnell-take note

  • brianfryer

    I feel that the current two-party political system is ruining the economy — Republicans and Democrats alike.

  • Asdfas

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  • http://twitter.com/chadi7 Justin C

    So basically, the 48% of the people who are Democrats think Republicans are sabotaging the economy, the 48% of the people who are Republicans don’t agree with this, and the 4% of independents aren’t sure.

    • Sunil

      Actually, 70% (or 79%? I can’t read it properly) of Democrats think Republicans are sabotaging the economy. The other question was not asked and not answered.

      • Sunil

        oops, I mean: 70% of Dems think Reps are doing this. 70% of Reps disagree. and anywhere from 10% to 50% of Independents think this is happening. The PDF is very hard to read.

  • Gaegaegaeg

    nigga nigga nigga nigga nigga nigga nigga I’m one hundred percent nigga. You hate us cuz our dick is bigga.

  • TimothyWong

    I think good ol’ old school racism is all but non-existent in most of America but if I had to pick a category of people who still are, it would be these old rich white folks in congress. Especially the Republicans. I can hear the meeting now, “Hey guys let’s wrap up the voting on this bill. I gotta get home to beat my wife.”

    • Rstemmler24

      I think old school racism might be dwindling but we have a lot of new school racism. It’s more subtle and difficult to prove but it still exists pretty much everywhere is the US just maybe to a lesser degree say in NH as compared to AL. Ignorance breeds contempt and we have LOTS of ignorant people in this country.

  • David Holdaway

    I would be intrigued to see how the belief the republicans are sabotaging the economy correlates with how people voted in the last election. It could be that all the people who believe this are hardcore democrat voters or that many of them are themselves republican voters (or ex republican voters…). If it’s the latter, this strategy might backfire quite spectacularly!

  • frustrated with politics

    No, I hate you because you make dumb comments….

  • Ashley

    The image of the poll is too blurry to read. If we’re going to bother getting into an issue like this, I’d at least like to do my research and actually read the poll. Obviously, most people wouldn’t, which is probably why you thought you could just throw up a link to a crappy .PDF. No offense, but I don’t know who your source was, otherwise I’d complain to them for giving it to you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phill-Mugen/100000179462825 Phill Mugen

      Too blurry? How old are you?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LTRVSJTAFFCCYQWX7J44Q6YRTY D

      I suppose you could have used the Google machine to find the information you seek. You do know how to search for something on the Internet, don’t you?

      • ChessPlayer2486

        You do know how to type something else more contributory towards the discussion than what you’ve been typing, don’t you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phill-Mugen/100000179462825 Phill Mugen

    Conservatism is fine in some places. Evolving as a nation, as people, and making life better for the majority is not one of those places.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LTRVSJTAFFCCYQWX7J44Q6YRTY D

      I suppose you could have used the Google machine to find the information you seek. You do know how to search for something on the Internet, don’t you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phill-Mugen/100000179462825 Phill Mugen

    Please stop embarrassing your own.

  • http://www.jobwaltz.com JobWaltz.com

    Come on people – do you really believe this nonsense? If anything, Republicans (just like most people) want to maximize their profits and personal utility. If the Democrats’ efforts were a slam dunk to improve the economy, it would be self evident and the Republicans would be forced to go along with them by a demanding electorate. Instead, the best the Democrats can do is offer more of the same tired Keynesian, socialist and corporatist policy, which the GOP have a far easier time rejecting in favor of their own tired Keynesian, socialist and corporatist policy.

    • jay

      that makes sense

  • Lii Jeffrey3

    Where can I get more information on this subject?

  • Tedspiff

    So you’re telling me you give ANY credence to a poll by the Daily Kos/the SEIU? Please… And Obama is doing a fine job of stalling the economy on his own. His stimuli do and have done nothing worthwhile and can easily be connected to stifling private enterprise.

    • Blackninja504

      Do you serious believe that? Have you checked the US automotive industry. Record sales and profits. And that came from Obama stimulus…….

      • Jay

        no it didnt. bush initiated the automotive bailout.

  • DecentLinksPlease

    please upload a version of the poll that is actually legible. whoever OK’d this link for posting should be yelled at in public.

  • xan_user

    GOP mantra since 2008;
    “Sabotage, not solutions”

    Why else did the GOP’s highly supported policies that Obama continued with after the election (as a gesture of actual bipartisan compromise) suddenly turn into “kenyanism socialist programs hellbent on destroying ‘merica!”?

    Economists calling for a return to practices Reagan embraced are now labeled as “pinko fascists ” by those that constantly idolize and defend Ronny.

    When gas prices are too high the GOP insists over and over its Obama’s fault, but when they drop do they give him any praise?

    The ACA included the mandate that the GOP wanted, now its just “more big government infringing on our freedoms.”

    Even a child could see that the GOP is behaving like its still stuck in kindergarten.