Yes, American voters are mad at just about everyone in Washington but most of the blame falls on the Republicans and their extreme right-wing agendas.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 74 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the budget and the government shutdown — an increase of 11 percentage points from the start of the furlough of employees and suspension of services.
Democrats stand at 61 percent disapproval — 13 percent below Republicans and a five percent climb from the start of the shutdown.
To make matters worse for Republicans, they have a disapproval rating of 47 percent within their own party and the approval rating is just two points over that — 49 percent and, more significantly, less than half.
President Barack Obama, on the other hand, has a disapproval rating of 53 percent — up three points since the start of the shutdown.
GOP political insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that internal polling shows pretty much the same level of disapproval ratings among voters at large and Republicans in particular.
“The high disapproval among Republicans creates the greatest level of concern,” one GOP pollster said. “When less than half of your own party approves that is a sign of trouble.”
Internal GOP polls also shows that affiliation with the extreme right-wing positions of the tea party hurts the party the most and the surveys find widespread and severe disapproval of Senators like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
“What we are seeing is a growing dissatisfaction among Republicans with the wing of the party that they see with too much influence on policy and actions,” says an aide with the Republican National Committee. “We are hearing the same things from party regulars back home. They say it is time to return to GOP basics and walk away from the extreme fringe.”
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