Congress: 5 percent approval rating, Americans find the Tea Party to be a ‘gang of malcontents’

Polling for Republicans isn’t faring too well for their party. Of course, that’s not to say that Democrats and President Obama aren’t taking a hit too, but public anger is largely directed toward Congressional Republicans.

Ted Cruz is an interesting player in all of this, since he recently said that he has not ‘remotely hurt’ the GOP’s image.











The AP reports:

The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago. But the situation is fluid nine days into the shutdown and there’s plenty of disdain to go around. Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.

63 percent of the public believes Republicans are not doing enough to negotiate compared with 52 percent who believe President Obama isn’t doing enough. Sen. Ted Cruz, credited by many as being the driving force behind the GOP’s shutdown strategy, is only known by half the public, but among those who do know him, twice as many view him unfavorably as favorably.

The poll found that the tea party is more than a gang of malcontents in the political landscape, as its supporters in Congress have been portrayed by Democrats. Rather, it’s a sizable — and divisive — force among Republicans. More than 4 in 10 Republicans identified with the tea party and were more apt than other Republicans to insist that their leaders hold firm in the standoff over reopening government and avoiding a default of the nation’s debt in coming weeks.

Do you hear that sound? That’s the GOP/Tea Party digging their own grave. Solidarity for gravediggers!

Republicans refuse to shoulder responsibility for their own actions after screaming for a shutdown for years. If they own it and fix the mess, then watch the approval rating go back up. But that won’t happen.

There are consequences for the toxic actions the Tea Party has unleashed upon this country. We’re all witnessing the results, some of America is hurting because of them, not receiving welfare checks, nor are our fallen soldiers’ families getting benefits to help with funerals, which our country owes them.

  • Hank

    “….nor are our fallen soldiers’ families getting benefits to help with funerals, which our country owes them.”

    Legislation to prevent this was passed and signed by the President BEFORE the “shutdown” of 17% of the Government. If you feel the Republicans should “shoulder responsibility for their own actions” then (imo) you should also expect the Administration to “shoulder responsibility for their own actions” in the selective enforcement of this partial “shutdown” in such a manner as to exact the most damage on you, me, us, people, citizens of the U.S.

    We are ALL being harmed by what has become a class of the “Ruling Elite”. If you can’t see that, I’m sorry for you.

    • Anomaly 100

      Whoa whoa whoa there, Hank. Your last sentence sounds like you support Occupy. Has your account been hacked?

      • Hank

        No. “Occupy” (again imo) was stupid in that their stated goal was great over reach. And in the end, the whole thing finally devolved into something I don’t think anyone would be proud of.

        I found a line in a book I’m reading that I think applies and may be worth considering:

        “But the line between moral behavior and narcissistic self-righteousness is thin and difficult to discern. The man who stands before a crowd and proclaims his intention to save the seas is convinced that he is superior to a man who merely picks up his own or other people’s litter
        on the beach, when in fact the latter is in some small way sure to make the world a better place, while the former is likely to be a monster of vanity whose crusade will lead to unintended destruction.” ~ Dean Koontz

        Despite all the partisan, biased hyperbole, “Your” party is no less culpable. It’s just an exercise in partisan finger pointing while Rome burns on.

        • Anomaly 100

          And yet, you keep pointing the finger while shouldering no blame.

          • Hank

            I honestly don’t see how you can interpret what I have said that way, but if you do, you do. C’est La Vie!!

            BOTH parties share blame for the 17% “Shutdown” with the Republicans shouldering the bulk of it. Trying to impact the ACA in a negative manner was a loser from the start. Without the ACA, this President’s “Agenda”, indeed, his entire Presidency is forgettable…if not deplorable. PLUS, Universal Health Care has been a (pardon the expression) “Wet Dream Wish” for the left and liberals since forever. Once they got the Camel’s Nose under the tent, they would, did, will and ARE fighting tooth and nail to NOT lose any ground. Even me, as stupid as I am can figure that one out.

            But the selective enforcement. Applying the 17% “Shutdown” in a manner to cause the most harm to an undeserving public falls squarely in the lap of the Administration.

            I can’t make MY opinion on the matter any more succinct and clear than that. Regardless any other considerations, the people are the ones bearing the hurt. The “Government” has legislated themselves whole from any harm.

            That we can’t agree that is true is beyond my comprehension capabilities.

          • Anomaly 100

            Hank, I can add sooo many links here of Republicans screeching for a shutdown, then when it happened, some of them expressed their delight, they were so giddy.

            We do not own that. It was a premeditated collaborative effort that began years ago.

          • mea_mark

            Right now Boehner is responsible. It is possible, (just thinking here) that Boehner may be guilty of violating the constitution by not allowing a vote. A vote would at least allow congress to attempt to do its job. By not allowing a vote Boehner is not faithfully discharging his duties as an elected official, he is blocking the work of congress.

          • Anomaly 100

            So we can haz gallows built now?

          • mea_mark

            You mean they are not built yet? What is the hold up?

          • Anomaly 100

            I thought you were building ’em. I did the blueprints!

          • mea_mark

            I have been having interesting discussion over at about republicans violating constitution if your interested.

          • Anomaly 100

            I love that site!

          • rjcarter

            I’ve been wondering when the Civil War Amendments were going to be dredged up. The language has been floating out there for a while now — “anarchists,” “sedition,” “terrorists,” “unpatriotic.” I wonder who had the over/under in the 14th Amendment Section 3 pool?

          • rjcarter

            Keep it generic… I have so many tempting responses to your comment, supporting it, but I have no desire to have severe young men in austere black suits knocking at my door.

          • Anomaly 100

            Oh noes, the Men In Black!

          • Hank

            If Boehner is guilty, what about Reid??

    • rjcarter

      That’s what amazes me. These kinds of bills were passed and denied, and yet it’s the House’s fault that the veterans are being hurt.

      The Senate Dems have executed a strategy that’s designed to inflict maximum hurt on demographics that lean toward the Republican constituency. Veterans aren’t getting their payments — but you don’t see any cutbacks in SNAP. Harry Reid could at least extricate the party from this Obama Shutdown, but won’t, insisting on continuing his tantrum of “I want it all and I want it now.” The fact that he can lay this at the feet of the Republicans ought to be insulting to the intelligence of the country — but I’m beginning to believe that “Intelligence of the Country” is found only in myth, somewhere after basilisks and before unicorns.

      The next time I see a kid throwing a tantrum in Walmart that he wants something, obviously it’s time for me to start blaming the mother for not giving it to him.

      • kennyddd

        Have you considered therapy here it is as simple as I can explain it to some one who DOESNT want to hear reality Yopu mention the childs tantrum well lets say this child plays on a team that loses a game then loses again and then for a third time the parents and children of the losing team say well we don’t believe or recognize the scores and the losses We not only wont play anymore till EVERYONE in the league changes the score so they didn’t lose and if they don’t change the scores then they are going to take the only ball so no one eles can play You are the baby You are the bully You are the ones who can never admit when you are wrong You have put your hate about reason and rational fairness for your fellow humans You are sick and we are sick and tired of you creating so much suffering for every one eles keep watching only FOX and and Rush cause they speak to your hate and stupididty and then you will wake up one day and your party will be in the grave Hopefully you wont cause any more suffering because you cant help you HATE

        • rjcarter

          I don’t know quite how to tell you this, but I think you’re pregnant. You’ve missed at least nine periods.

          • Hank

            A couple of things here, understanding you don’t need MY two cents worth:

            First, liberals DO keep score that way and insist everyone else follows suit. That’s why we are raising a generation of children who recognize neither the joy of winning nor the pain of losing.

            And you just got to love someone that questions YOUR intelligence while talking about your “stupididty” while misspelling three letter words and apparently ignorant of things such as punctuation marks!!

            Your response was a classic!!

          • kennyddd

            typical looking at lil flaws in every one els while Yours is catastrophic sorry Im going blind so cant see like I use too but I know a hate filled hypocritical asshole when I see one

          • kennyddd

            lil baby You lost grow up and get over it

      • Wayland Yan

        The mother being the executive branch and the child the house Republican led Tea Party being the child you mean?

        • rjcarter

          Well, if the mother were the one demanding the child buy something expensive and accepting no compromises, then yes.

  • juicyfruityyy

    The Tea-baggers don’t care about the ratings. They are doing what the Coke Brothers are paying them to do. However, the few sane Re-thugs left, may have issues with the ratings. Their names will forever be linked to the 2013 #GOPshutdown. That 5% approval rating is being generous.

  • mrsgunka

    These idiots spent millions to be voted in to run our country. Our country is shut down. If any of us went to work work to shut the place down, we would be fired! Kick the bums out! With so many lawyers in Congress, you’d think they could draw up something to make it illegal for any group/person to be able to do this. We shouldn’t have to wait for an election to fire them. This is treason.

    • juicyfruityyy

      I think, if this continues. Our President, is going to have something legally done. He is not going to allow them to destroy our country. He has given them plenty of opportunity, to do the right thing.

  • WC

    Koch bottlers of corporatocracy media content are spilling over with phony poles and phonier pols.
    The Republican finger pointing reminds of kids caught in mischief. This time it is not a trivial matter. By now, almost everybody wont be bought off with stupid sound bites and phony photo ops. Except for the T baggers drunk on ferment and demented kool aid.

  • Z54

    Take a close look at that picture. Would you take anything that moron said seriously?

  • kennyddd

    They cant help them selves their hate trumps anything that might be rational or good for the country or even their OWN FREAKING FAMILYS Hate was all that motivated these people from the get go

  • Tom