During and after the government shutdown, the committed leftists and other assorted hysterics hailed the demise of the GOP. Democrats rejoiced at their prospects in 2014, pretending that a government shutdown was the worst thing that could happen to a nation. They believed the GOP was dead in the water, but as it turns out, the only thing more unpopular than the government shutdown is Obamacare.
As Democrats continue to go down with the sinking ship that is Obamacare, the latest polls indicate that they have surrendered their projected 8-point lead over Republicans that they enjoyed two months ago.
Further, the polls indicate that President Obama, once the superstar of the Democrat Party, has become so unpopular that he is dragging down the approval ratings of Democrat congressional candidates.
A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that President Barack Obama may be dragging down Democratic congressional candidates, and that the 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be a low-turnout event, with only three in 10 registered voters extremely or very enthusiastic about voting next year.
Two months ago, Democrats held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked respondents to choose between a Democrat or Republican in their congressional district without identifying the candidates. That result came after congressional Republicans appeared to overplay their hand in the bitter fight over the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling.
But the Democratic lead evaporated, and a CNN poll a month ago indicated the GOP holding a 49%-47% lead. The new survey, conducted in mid-December, indicates Republicans with a 49%-44% edge over the Democrats.
The 13-point swing over the past two months follows a political uproar over Obamacare, which included the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov and controversy over the possibility of insurance policy cancellations due primarily to the new health law.
As Obama and his merry band of tax-and-spenders tried to paint the government shutdown as a product of Republican recalcitrance, the fact is that the partial government shutdown served as a greater illustration of what is on the line in 2014. While the inability of our government to function as it should was certainly unfortunate, the government shutdown was necessary to show Democrats that things in Washington must change if we are going to survive as a nation. Unfortunately, Republicans were unable to muster the courage to stand strong and caved to Democrat demands once again.
Though Democrats hoped that the move would spell doom for the GOP’s midterm prospects, the polls indicate that while the shutdown proved unpopular with voters, the people have lost patience with the big-government proponents who repeatedly assured America that an augmented government can provide for the people, but have failed across the board to do so.
Democratic voters seem particularly unenthusiastic about voting, and that is likely to benefit the GOP. Thirty-six percent of Republicans say they’re extremely or very enthusiastic about voting. That number drops to 22% among Democrats.
Another GOP advantage is the President’s standing with the public: 55% of registered voters say that they are more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who opposes the President than one who supports him and four in 10 say they are likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obama.
“Those kind of numbers spelled early trouble for the Democrats before the 1994 and 2010 midterms, and for the GOP before the 2006 elections,” Holland said.