John Boehner Pulls a Romney in Falling for Skewed Republican Poll
House Speaker John Boehner thinks Republicans can win the debt ceiling showdown, and he’s got a poll to prove it.
Huffington Post reported: “House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told members that he was prepared to use the debt ceiling fight as leverage to get spending cuts. According to a source in the room, Boehner showed fellow lawmakers the results of a survey by the Winston Group, a GOP polling firm, which showed that 72 percent of Americans ‘agree any increase in the nation’s debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms of a greater amount.’”
“Republican” internal polling should have been the first alarm. I read that poll, and even in a Republican internal, it clearly shows that the Republicans in Congress have higher unfavorables than the Democrats. They’re gerrymandered into safety, but on a national level, this means the public doesn’t approve of their behavior. Boehner ignores that part of the poll. Moving on.
The poll also shows that when it comes to voting, Americans don’t care about spending as much as they care about the economy and jobs. What have Republicans in Boehner’s House done about jobs and the economy? Nada, except trying to pass tax cuts for the rich/corporations off as a “jobs bill”. The poll also shows that the public trusts Democrats on the economy more right now than they do Republicans by 47-44%.