Election 2014

Welcome to Your Election Hangover, Democrats. Now Nobody Likes You, Either.

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Before and during President Barack Obama's terms as president, pollsters and pundits alike paid close attention to the terrible favorability ratings of the Republican Party. According to Gallup's polling, the Republicans haven't been able to get above 50 percent since 2006. They hit a devastating low just last year, dropping to 28 percent favorability, the worst since Gallup started asking in 1992.

In the wake of the midterms, Republican favorability has climbed out of the toilet, but it's still in a pretty yucky bathroom at 42 percent. But the big news from Gallup today is that the Democrats' favorability has crashed, dropping below the GOP to 36 percent.

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Gallup

Gallup analyzes:

Because of congressional Republicans' apparent political miscalculation in allowing the shutdown, some raised the possibility of a Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2014 midterms. But the speculation was short lived. While Republicans agreed to a compromise that ended the shutdown, the Obama administration made a number of political blunders, including the botched rollout of the federal government's healthcare website; a series of international crises in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria; the Veterans Affairs hospitals scandal; and a criticized response to the first appearance of the Ebola virus on U.S. soil. Whatever momentum the Democrats gained during the government shutdown was lost. The Democratic Party's image stagnated as Republicans' slowly improved, putting the parties at rough parity heading into the midterms.

The GOP currently has an image advantage over the Democratic Party; still, neither party is held in particularly high regard. This is yet another sign of Americans' dissatisfaction with their political system.

The reversal of fortunes is very recent, only going back to October, and it may only be temporary. Though deeper polling shows a drop in favorability of the Democratic Party by self-identified Democrats, it's a drop from 88 percent to 81 percent. That's actually quite a few percentage points, but the Democrats still largely love their party. The drop among independents is from 35 percent to 25 percent. The swing vote is not impressed.

So will the Republicans seize the day or fumble? And will Democrats start hashing out a post-Obama identity or wallow in complaints about how their dear leader is being treated or blame the voters for not showing up for them? Stay tuned.

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  1. Um…the shutdown is part of the reason why the GOP won this election cycle. They showed that there is some semblence of a backbone in their squishy, jello-like backs.

    1. There is new NYT article proclaiming ‘Lowest voter turnout in 70 years!’. Ok, you geniuses, why didn’t your cult like lemmings turn out? Is it because they, as dumb as they are, have finally realized that all your promises are empty lies and that your economic policies are shit?

      1. Oh no, those non-voters are a Silent Majority supporting Obama, don’t you know.

      2. I heard one analyst surmise that the “lemmings” really wanted to vote Republican, but just couldn’t bring themselves to do that so they abstained.

        1. That’s possible.

          1. And, if so, even worse for the Dems.

    2. Welch, Suderman, and the WSJ are locked in Full Retard on this point.

  2. A lot of people thought they were getting free health care. Then they were quite shocked to find out that not only were they not getting anything for free, but that they were going to pay more for insurance with crazy high deductibles.

    So in effect, except for in the case of a catastrophic health crisis, what you are effectively doing is paying everything out of pocket and on top of that paying more for nothing except subsidizing other people.

    My employer based coverage has went up 50% in cost and my deductible went from $1500 for me and my wife to $7000.

    There is a hell of a difference between paying $1500 out of pocket and $7000 for the average middle class family.

    None of this has ever really been covered in the MSM, at all. I think that the only cheerleaders left for this monstrosity are Krugman, Ezra Klein, and the new health czar. Everyone else now knows that this is a massive clusterfuck that is screwing over American people to benefit a few cronies and bureaucrats.

    1. ^This.

  3. So will the Republicans seize the day or fumble? And will Democrats start hashing out a post-Obama identity or wallow in complaints about how their dear leader is being treated or blame the voters for not showing up for them? Stay tuned.

    Whether you want to or not.

  4. “So will the Republicans seize the day or fumble?”

    Got me thinking about:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=055wFyO6gag

    I think in this instance the American people are Charlie Brown, Republocrats are Lucy, and honest government is the football.

  5. Roll on over dude, I mean like wow.

    http://www.anon-way.tk

  6. So will the Republicans seize the day or fumble?

    Fumble coming up in 3, 2, 1 …..

  7. “…the Obama administration made a number of political blunders, including the botched rollout of the federal government’s healthcare website; a series of international crises in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria; the Veterans Affairs hospitals scandal; and a criticized response to the first appearance of the Ebola virus on U.S. soil…”

    aka, Normal Progressive Governance – SNAFU!

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