A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has some fascinating numbers. There’s a majority (53 percent) who support moving forward with sequester cuts — or even more reductions. But just 29 percent say they agree with “most” of what Republicans in Congress want. Democrats and Obama also have much higher favorability ratings.
Here’s NBC’s Chuck Todd:
What’s more, the polls shows the Democratic Party beats the Republican Party on almost every issue — looking out for middle class (by 22 points), Medicare (by 18 points), health care (16), reducing gun violence (15), Social Security (14), immigration (7) and even taxes (3) and the economy (2). The only issues where the GOP holds the advantage in the survey are reducing the federal deficit (by 6 points), controlling government spending (16 points) and ensuring a strong national defense (26). More importantly, in the dozen issues we tested, the GOP’s numbers dropped in most of them even as the Dem number didn’t budge.
A Pew poll released yesterday adds to the woes for Republicans, who hold a majority in the House of Representatives but appear to have a message that isn’t resonating:
At a time when the Republican Party’s image is at a historic low, 62% of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.