Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Are the American people buying what the Tea Party is selling (and does it matter)?

A new poll suggests that the right wing lurch in Congress is not what the public had in mind.
Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, says these results are a “cautionary sign” for a Republican Party pursuing deep budget cuts.

He points out that the Americans who are most concerned about spending cuts are core Republicans and Tea Party supporters, not independents and swing voters.

“It may be hard to understand why a person might jump off a cliff, unless you understand they’re being chased by a tiger,” he said. “That tiger is the Tea Party.”
The survey ... also listed 26 different ways to reduce the federal budget deficit.

The most popular: placing a surtax on federal income taxes for those who make more than $1 million per year (81 percent said that was acceptable), eliminating spending on earmarks (78 percent), eliminating funding for weapons systems the Defense Department says aren’t necessary (76 percent) and eliminating tax credits for the oil and gas industries (74 percent).

The least popular: cutting funding for Medicaid, the federal government health-care program for the poor (32 percent said that was acceptable); cutting funding for Medicare, the federal government health-care program for seniors (23 percent); cutting funding for K-12 education (22 percent); and cutting funding for Social Security (22 percent).

Those numbers, GOP pollster McInturff says, “serve as a huge flashing yellow sign to Republicans … if they are going to start to talk about changes to Medicare and Social Security.”
But will it make any difference? Does it even matter that the people are dismayed? Look at Wisconsin....they will destroy it anyway.

Ideologues gone mad.


Counterlight said...

Naive optimist that I am, I'll put down a fiver that the Republicans will lose the House in 2012.

JCF said...

Oh, Doug: I WISH I could agree!

At the very least, can we PLEASE kick Michelle "If brains were dynamite, she couldn't blow her nose" Bachmann to the curb? C'mon, "Farmer-Labor" Minnesota, she's a DISGRACE to the Gopher State!