No love for Washington: 7 in 10 view GOP, tea party unfavorably; half view president, Democrats unfavorably

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  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 12, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Republicans should learn something from this Tea-Party drinking binge...

    The 1st step to recovery is admitting YOU have a problem.
    12 Steps
    ◾Step 1: We admitted we were powerless – that we have become unmanageable.
    ◾Step 2: Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    ◾Step 3: Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.
    ◾Step 4: Make a deep soul searching and fearless moral inventory of OURSELVES [not others].
    ◾Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to others the exact nature of our wrongs.

    They can have the 8 years under President Hillary to get over the hangover and sober up.

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 12, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    The Tea Party is hazardous to Americas economic/political health and destructive to the GOP. Their idea of an elitist America for a wealthy few is contrary to the democratic strength of America and the nation's freedom.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    Take the poll again after the all or nothing tea party fails.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 12, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    Let's pretend that for whatever reason --
    The leemings in Utah re-elect Mike Lee.

    He is a political pariah in Washington D.C.

    He will NEVER head a committee,
    He will NEVER even be asked to BE on a committee,
    He will NEVER be asked for input on anything,
    He will NEVER be the little red-step-child that nobody wants and
    will always be the last one picked.
    A Zero, a cypher.

    Minimized to merely a FoxNews talking face woo the Tea-Party.

    Is THAT the sort of Representation Utah [all 0.9% of America] wants?

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    This is the que for Tea Partiers to insult the rest of the population as being lazy, unpatriotic fools, unworthy of true liberty, with America's imminent demise right around the corner.

    Come on, true freedom lovers, don't give up now!

    And somebody please make sure Mike Lee's microphone has plenty of batteries.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:40 p.m.


    Exactly what has Lee done to earn your wrath? Shut down the government?

    Perhaps you should read up and think this through. Lee is in no way responsible for the government shutdown. He is a senator who doesn't get to vote on funding because Harry Reid won't bring any of the funding bills to the floor.

    This impasse is House vs Senate leadership(Harry Reid)/President Obama. The Senate, in which Lee is trapped impotently, is on the democrat side. His whole role has been moral support. Harry Reid holds the senate votes hostage.

    BTW, Utah's token democrat in congress (Matheson) voted to defund Obamacare. Are you mad at him?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    By the end of the month, Vett's will be broke [No money] SSI will be broke [No money] Food stamp card wont work [No money]. I think it' time to get into the spirit of things and give the gifts that ya have to keep. Ya-know your smile, your heart, and your word.
    Why isn't That in the news.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    People are disgusted with Washington and Congress, but they ought to look in the mirror. They all voted for these people! They also voted for Obama who vowed to "fundamentally change America." Remember that? Is this the Fundamental Change he was talking about? Mobster tactics? Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies? Like a Banana Republic? Putting more and more people on the dole. He's done more to bankrupt and Divide america than anything else.

    And yet, the current mess and shutdown is all the Republicans fault? Seriously? Are you kidding me?? Harry Reid, Obama For America, Move-On, George Sorros, Media Matters, all planned this narrative out months ago. Why else would Harry Reid refuse to take up any of the appropriations bills that passed the House with significant Democrat support? To do so would have ruined his little charade!

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    Hang on. Isn't this the poll in which 27% of the respondents were government workers (as opposed to 8% in the general population), and in which a majority of respondents were supporters of the Democrat party?

    I think we need to know more about these polls. How were the respondents chosen? Did everyone chosen by the poll takers, once selected, participate or did some decline? How many were government workers? Were more respondents partisans of one major party than the other? What was the exact wording of the poll questions?

    These poll results invite these kind of questions. All polls do. Earlier polls did not show that such a large majority saw Repbulicans as most blameworthy. Rasmussen polls, when published, state the kind of parameters and methodology suggested above. Polls often differ markedly in their results. Many now do not automatically conclude that every poll is legitimate.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    It's interesting how much effort the press (national and local) is putting into steering public opinion. We knew the attention would be diverted from the Senate and the President and focused (and blame passed) onto the Republicans in the House. We knew that before it happened.

    But a little reminder here. The job approval level for the President himself, the supreme great and mighty Obama, is sitting right at the lowest level George Bush experienced during his entire eight years in office.

    Any wonder that the media, which shows solidarity to the Supreme and Mighty One, refuses to acknowledge this?

    And our local media, especially Doug Wright @KSL, has been ranting and raving about the need for Republicans to compromise. No need on the part of the President (who stated Tuesday that he refuses to) or Senate Democrats (Harry Reid refuses to meet with Republicans on these critical issues) to compromise.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    The voters who swing elections are the ones who never follow politics at all until the fall of an election year and make up their minds on voting about 2 weeks out from the election. Nothing happpening now will have any effect on either side. The sad irony is that elections are largely determined by the low information voter, most of whom do not read or watch much news.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 11, 2013 4:56 p.m.


    How many times has Hillary Clinton spoken untruths?

    And some people want want her for president?

    Go figure.

  • DaveWY Afton, WY
    Oct. 11, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Senator Mike Lee didn't do himself any favors by ducking the interview with KSL news. The GOP in the House hasn't sold the American people that what they are trying to do makes sense. The Democrats are happy to see the shutdown continue because the polls blame the GOP. It sounds like its time to clean House and start over.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    Wait until Tuesday, the tea party will never recover.

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    I've got money to bet on the wish that this is Senator Lee's last term. He is a stud!!! Doing things to protect the country instead of his party. The problem in washington, and the rest of the country, is that the majority care more about the party and not the country. Out of control spending, Obumacare, Amnesty etc... are not good for the country. We need people who will do what they say even if they suffer some poll number decline.

    To all of those who say that it's the Repubs fault. Explain how obama and reid have been willing to find middle ground. They want their way or the nothing. reid hasn't brought any GOP bills up for vote. They don't get to offer ammendments, he doesn't pass a budget for years, (baseline budgeting), and somehow the other guys are completely to blame.

    Personally, I would get rid of all of them that have been there more than 6 years. Both parties are to blame, but most of the blame goes to the biggest ideologues, which happen to be obama and reid.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Bill---I guess you include the Supreme Court as not understanding the constitution.

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    I am so glad the American people are smart enough to see that the Republicans are to blame for this whole mess. I can't wait to see how many seats the GOP will loose in the next election. Hillary in 2016???? I hope so.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 11, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    This means nothing. Coming from an uneducated, entitled society, we may never reach the greatness this country once had.

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    Oct. 11, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    The best thing about these polls is that they reinforce the untethered, irrational perspective of the tea party/hardline conservatives that "everyone is out to get them." It's only a matter of time before they're completely excised from American society and, ironically, it'll be due to mostly self-inflicted wounds.

  • Anon0101 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    Bored to the point of THIS!
    Google AP-GfK poll. It's the first one of their site, it has the math there under "Download Topline".

    Well Mr Senator Mike Last Term has definitely ended his career in Washington, that's for sure.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    People on both sides of the aisle said this was foolish and the damage would spread wide, especially to republican tea party members. Get to work and fix it.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    That's probably seven in ten are dimocrats.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    The poll taken Oct. 3-7 finds few people approve of the way Obama is handling most major issues, and most people say he's not decisive, strong, honest, reasonable or inspiring.

    The truth is finally getting through the media filters.

    It's too bad we didn't get a chance to see a Romney presidency. He promised to donate his presidential salary to the US Treasury. He would have been different. His entire career was spent analyzing problems and finding solutions. We could have benefitted well from Romney.

    Here's hoping we get fresh faces in DC in 2014 on both sides of the aisle. Here's hoping we can get real leaders who will change the trajectory of our federal debt, change entitlement programs, change the ACA, change our stagnant economy.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    First of all, I don't trust polls. I don't trust much of any outlet these days that is supposed to deliver "the truth." That being said, I would be one of the "7 out of 10" at least directed toward the GOP. They are spineless, cowards, seeking praise of the world, incompetent, and derelict of duty. If they had integrity and an eye towards SERVING their constituents, the constitution, and this country, a lot of this garbage would not be happening. IMO, the Dems are the party of sins of commission, and the Republicans are the party of the sins of omission, though they have made great strides in committing various sins of late. I dislike the Repubs/RINO/traitor party more than I dislike the Democrat party. And I used to be a Republican.

    And then we have our Child-In-Chief, showing how immature and petty he is. It is one thing to have someone fill that office with whom you disagree with, but to have a jerk in the office? Pathetic.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    The article states that 70% disapprove of Republicans. If my math is right... that means 30% approve of them?

    So, if 50% disapprove of the President, that means 50% 'likes him?

    Havig 50% approve you is mathematically better than have 30% approve of you?

    I have been in the minority when it comes to politics in Utah since I moved here in 1989. I've always been frustrated by the lack of respect shown me as a minority constituent in the political process.

    Now I'm in the majority and my elected officials are going against the popular notion/opinion. Go figure.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    I guess only 3 in 10 people understand and love our precious constitution.