Poll: GOP Hurt by Debt Ceiling Debacle

It’s not difficult to see where the responsibility lies
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A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey on the debt ceiling debacle shows that Republican attempts to dodge responsibility are not working: Democrats helped by debt debate, Republicans hurt according to poll.

And the Tea Party’s favorable ratings have hit an all-time low, as people remember their leaders’ insanely nihilistic rhetoric (i.e. calling for the US to default on loans).

Just 33 percent of Americans approve of the Republican Party, while 59 percent disapprove in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday. That’s a net negative 10-percentage-point shift from less than a month ago, when 41 percent of those surveyed by CNN said they had a favorable view of the GOP while 55 percent had an unfavorable one.

At the same time, Democrats’ numbers have improved slightly, with approval and disapproval each at 47 percent. In July, 45 percent approved and 49 percent disapproved, an net 4-point positive change.

The tea party movement fares slightly worse than the GOP and has its most dismal ratings since CNN began asking about the movement in polls in January 2010. Thirty-one percent said they see it favorably while 51 percent see it unfavorably. In July, those numbers were 37 percent and 47 percent, respectively.

Of those surveyed, just 41 percent say they think the House member in their district should be reelected�— the lowest ever�— while 49 percent said the member does not deserve another term. A year ago, 52 percent supported reelection of their representatives while 42 percent opposed it.

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