Shutdown: Polls are not very nice to Republicans. Any impact?

According to polls it seems that Americans blame GOP more for the shutdown, Americans even prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress to a Republican-controlled 47 percent to 39 percent (NBC News/Wall Street Journal  poll). How this may impact the current situation, what kind of steps so you expect from GOP and on the other side from Democrats? Read few comments.

Darrell WestVice President and Director of Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Republicans have lost the public opinion battle over the budget so they are in a weak bargaining position. Voters see them as extremists who engage in unfair bargaining tactics. This is one of the reasons Republicans are moving towards a resolution with President Obama.

Richard BenedettoAdjunct Professor of Journalism, School of Communication, American University

Several polls show the Republicans taking the heavier hit from the public than the Democrats. This will shake their solidarity and Increase pressure on their leaders to find a way out. Americans are getting increasingly angry and want this shutdown to end. The longer it goes on, the more Republicans will suffer.

Mark RozellProfessor of Public Policy, George Mason University

For the tea party Republicans who are from the most conservative districts, the national opinion polls do not matter too much. These members of Congress only worry about their own constituencies and as long as they remain popular in their own districts, they have no electoral incentives to compromise. Getting them to move from their firm stands will require pressure from party leaders, but the House Speaker has shown no inclination to do that so far.

National opinion polls do matter to the party leaders though, as the Republican “brand” is being seriously damaged by the government shutdown. So there is a real incentive for the GOP leaders to negotiate and find some face saving compromise with the president.

The polls do embolden the Democrats to stand firm and try to force the Republicans to compromise.

Robert Y. ShapiroProfessor, Political Science, Columbia University

The GOP leaders have been following this and I think this has led to their current willingness to extend the debt limit and engage in talks with Obama and the Democratic leaders. Obama and the Democrats need to be careful that while this some upper hand in any negotiations, they need to be careful they to overplay this and start losing their edge in these polls.

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One Response

  1. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT POLLS A LITTLE DEEPER–YOU WILL FIND THAT THEIR ‘SAMPLE’ IS WEIGHTED HEAVY WITH DEMOCRAT VOTERS AND HEAVY WITH GOVT UNION REPRESENTATION–GUESS WHAT THEY WANT-‘DONT TOUCH MY HANDOUT’

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