It turns out Republicans are in a pretty bad way. Worse than I thought. How bad? Well there was a certain election recently that went sufficiently badly for them that a disturbingly large contingent seem to be stubbornly continuing to deny reality (I also can’t help but mention that “republicans deny reality” popped up as a frequently used search term on Google, before I could finish typing it). And it put a canned ham-like face on the problem, while bringing Rational People the most entertaining and psychically satisfying few moments of television we’re likely to witness in our lifetimes. But the disturbingly large contingent had been denying reality since well before the election.
But no, I’m referring to a new Pew Research Center poll – which actually allows us to answer the question of ‘how bad’ quantifiably – released today that describes an American public increasingly frustrated with how the GOP has been conducting itself. The high notes are that Obama’s job approval is at 55%, up from 44% in January, and the highest it’s been since May 2011 when he announced the death of Osama bin Laden; and only 32% say Republican leaders are making a serious effort to reach an agreement on the budget deficit, while 57% say they aren’t, and 11% don’t know. 55% say Obama is making a serious effort. Pew asked some interesting questions and got some interesting statistics, such as approval for raising income taxes on incomes over 250,000 in order to reduce the national debt and deficit – 69% approved. 77% disapproved of reducing funding for education, and 58% disapproved of reducing funding “to help lower-income Americans.” All good signs.
Greg Sargent of The Washington Post has drawn some even more interesting and infinitely more important conclusions from this poll, and the election, and the GOP’s rejection of reality, should he turn out to be right. And from what I’ve seen, he very well may be, which means the GOP is in a pretty bad way.