Ever since Obama’s popularity has begun to plummet, liberals have been forced to cling to the only talking point they have left, ” Obama’s approval numbers may be low, but approval of Congress is even lower”. Well, now they don’t even have that leg to stand on. According to new numbers from Gallup, GOP lawmakers currently enjoy a higher approval rating from the American people than president Obama. As things stand today, Republicans in Congress enjoy a 53% approval rating. Obama, on the other hand, sits at a 36% approval rating. Republicans’ 17-percentage-point edge over Obama on this measure exceeds what they earned after the 2010 midterm, when Americans favored Republicans by an eight-point margin (49% to 41%). It also eclipses the nine-point advantage Republicans had over Bill Clinton following the 1994 midterm in which Republicans captured the majority of both houses. When asked by Gallup who should have more influence over the direction of the country, the majority of Americans chose Republicans in Congress over Obama by a 56-36% margin. Even better, the Democratic Party favorability rating has fallen to an all-time low. From Gallup:
After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the party, down six percentage points from before the elections. This marks the first time since September 2011 that the Republican Party has had a higher favorability rating than the Democratic Party.
The drop of support for the Democratic Party can be blamed mostly on independents. Independents’ ratings of the Democratic Party, at 25%, are down ten points from September. Another Gallup poll taken after the midterms showed that 53% want GOP in Congress to have more influence than Obama. That survey found 34% of Americans expect the nation to be better off while 19% say we will be worse off. The midterm election provided a clear signal as to which party voters want to control Congress. That message is echoed in the results of these latest Gallup polls. The people have spoken; Americans want Republicans — rather than Obama — to guide the direction the country takes in the next year. Now we need the GOP to stand up to Obama and get this country back on track.