Well, That Didn’t Work

by evanmcmurry

According to a new NBC/WSJ poll*, the GOP House’s approval rating (24%) is the lowest in the poll’s recorded history, just one day after it hit rock bottom in a Gallup poll. Meanwhile Obama’s approval rating climbed two points from last month. That’s a statistically-insignificant improvement and within the margin of error, but it also definitively douses any hopes of the backlash anticipated by Republicans who have been hammering him for not “negotiating“—and makes Obama far and away the most popular player in the shutdown showdown. (Trademark.)

Now for the real news:

The health-care law has become more popular since the shutdown began. Thirty-eight percent see the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) as a good idea, versus 43 percent who see it as a bad idea – up from 31 percent good idea, 44 percent bad idea last month.

That’s right, Obamacare, after a week of what even its supporters have to admit has been a desultory rollout, had an eight-point swing in favorability ratings. Imagine—imagine!—that number had there not been an asinine government shutdown distracting from the website problems.

Ted Cruz’s inexplicable credentials as a legislative strategist were just revoked. I’d say I hope he’s proud of himself, but he probably actually is.

UPDATE: WaPo notices this:


Under the Ted Cruz all-the-right-people-hate-me logic, doubling your unfavorables is good, no?

* Eternal poll caveats: polls are statistically-isolated snapshots of wavering opinion, heavily influenced by leading questions and of little long-term consequence. And to quote Homer Simpson, you can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.