Congressional Republicans Fall off the Fiscal Cliff

In case you missed it, the recent Gallup and Pew polls show big trouble for congressional Republicans. According to the Pew poll, only 14% of independents approved congressional Republican leaders' negotiations with President Obama. 69% of independents disapproved of GOP leaders' actions. Meanwhile, 74% of Republicans see Mr. Obama as the winner over Speaker Boehner, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and other GOP leaders. Independents rate the president as the winner by a solid 55%. Again, per Pew, a plurality of Americans (46%) believe that the Fiscal Cliff deal hurts the "economy, deficit, and average people." 69% of Republican identifiers rate the deal as hurtful, while 52% of independents do so. Slightly higher numbers are posted when Republicans (73%) and independents (55%) were asked if the tax deal hurt people like them. Over at Gallup, 25% of all respondents approved the way the GOP's congressional leadership handled the Fiscal Cliff negotiations. 67% disapproved of...(Read Full Post)