You probably didn’t hear this one on the teevee today: President Obama has surged to a strong lead against a generic Republican in the generally notoriously conservative-skewing Gallup poll. From TPMDC:
According to the monthly survey, which was conducted from August 4 -7, Obama would win 45-39 against “the Republican party’s candidate.” The previous two polls from Gallup had the generic GOPer running strong with a 47-39 lead in July and 44-39 lead in June.
Despite widespread anger at Washington over the last month’s debt ceiling negotiations and a week of brutal financial news, several polls this week have suggested that Obama and the Democratic brand are hanging tough for now. A look at Obama’s approval ratings across all 50 states released on Monday showed him gaining ground in a number of critical states since the Democrats’ disastrous midterm election. A CNN poll on Tuesday showed the Republican party more unpopular than ever in the wake of the debt ceiling fight while Democrats are holding steady.
And here’s that CNN poll, which has really bad news for Republicans in the wake of the debt ceiling fight. Republican unfavorables in the CNN poll have surged to 59 percent, with just 33 percent favorable (Democrats are even at 47/47.) Meanwhile, the tea party is in even worse shape, with their numbers under water 51 percent unfavorable, and just 31 percent favorable. In other words, the tea party is down to its core supporters only, and nothing more.
Hostage taking has its price.
In the poll, only 41 percent of respondents said their congressman deserves re-election, with 49 percent saying no mas. And just 25 percent say most members deserve to be re-elected, with a whopping 70 percent saying they do not. Democrats are at 38/58 don’t deserve/deserve re-election and Republicans are at 31/64.