ALL-TIME LOWS…. I’ve seen a few Republican blogs today crowing about the latest national polls, which show some lukewarm support for some of White House’s policy priorities. There are a couple of numbers, though, that should give them pause.
For one thing, President Obama’s approval ratings still look quite strong. In the New York Times/CBS poll, for example, the president’s national rating stood at 63% support, the same as it was a month ago. In the WSJ/NBC poll, Obama fared slightly worse, with 56%, which is still not a bad rating under the circumstances.
But what’s gone largely overlooked is the numbers for the Republican Party. Consider this tidbit from the NYT/CBS poll:
While Republicans have steadily increased their criticism of Mr. Obama, particularly on the budget deficit, the poll found that the Republican Party is viewed favorably by only 28 percent of those polled, the lowest rating ever in a New York Times/CBS News poll. In contrast, 57 percent said that they had a favorable view of the Democratic Party. [emphasis added]
The WSJ/NBC poll added:
25 percent hold a favorable view of the Republican Party, which is an all-time low for it in the poll. 45 percent hold a favorable view of the Democratic Party. [emphasis added]
CNBC personality Jim Cramer told Joe Scarborough this morning, “I think everybody wishes that Obama would just kind of go away for a little bit.”
That may apply to Cramer and the cast of “Morning Joe,” but given the “all-time lows” for the GOP right now, it’s probably not the president Americans would like to see “go away for a little bit.”