Thursday, December 20, 2012

CNN Poll: GOP Policies Are Too Extreme

A new CNN poll reveals what ought not be a surprise to anyone living outside of the GOP's objective reality denying bubble:  a majority of Americans see the GOP and its policies as too extreme.  Likewise, a majority will blame the GOP if the nation goes off the so-called fiscal cliff.  With the GOP now effectively controlled by Christofascists, the Tea Party and other far right extremist elements, it should be little surprise that rational sentient Americans are concerned with the GOP's reverse Robin Hood agenda and efforts to make the nation a quasi-theocracy.  Here are some of the CNN poll findings:

[O]ver half the public says that the GOP should give up more than the Democrats in any bipartisan solution to the country's problems, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that a slight majority of Americans sees the Republican party's policies and views as too extreme, a first for the GOP, and fewer than a third say they trust congressional Republicans more than President Barack Obama to deal with the major issues facing the nation.

The poll's Thursday release comes less than two weeks before the country faces automatic tax increases on nearly all Americans, as well as deep federal spending cuts, if no deal is struck to avert the country from falling off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year.

According to the survey, 53% say the GOP should compromise more, with 41% saying the Democratic Party should give up more of the proposals it supports to develop bipartisan solutions.
"That's due in part to the fact that the Republican brand is not doing all that well," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed say they view the policies of the GOP as too extreme, up 17 points from two years ago. Only 37% say they view the polices of the Democratic Party as too extreme.

It probably doesn't help that House Speaker John Boehner, who's leading GOP fiscal cliff negotiations with the president, is held in fairly low regard, particularly in comparison to Obama. According to the poll, 34% of the public approves of how the top Republican in the House handling his job. By contrast, the president's approval rating stands at 52%.

The survey also indicates that seven in ten Americans continue to think that the fiscal cliff will cause a crisis or major problems for the country if a deal is not reached.

Despite these numbers, in the la la land that the GOP has become, John Boehner and his fellow zealots and extremists think they are dealing from a position of strength and are backed by a majority of Americans.  One has to wonder when the GOP will swear off the Kook-Aid.

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