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Poll: US Congressional Approval at 5 Percent [62% Blame Republicans For Shutdown?]
Voice of America ^ | 10/9/13

Posted on 10/09/2013 2:59:31 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

A new poll indicates more Americans blame Republicans for the partial government shutdown than blame Democrats,while the approval rating for lawmakers is appallingly low.

A poll released Wednesday by the Associated Press and GfK shows some 62 percent of more than 1,000 people surveyed said Republicans are to blame for the government shutdown that began last Tuesday, while about half of the respondents said the Democrats or U.S. President Barack Obama bore the greater share of responsibility.

Approval for members of Congress was all the way down to 5 percent.

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I find it disgusting that Voice of America is carrying this as news....

Smells like hype to me. But if it is true and accurate about the state of the American mind, we are in even deeper crap than I previously thought.

1 posted on 10/09/2013 2:59:31 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
A poll released Wednesday by the Associated Press and GfK

...who is Gfk?

2 posted on 10/09/2013 3:04:27 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Associated Press = bootlickers


3 posted on 10/09/2013 3:05:21 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SoFloFreeper

Do you actually believe this “Poll”?


4 posted on 10/09/2013 3:05:49 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
According to Wikipedia:
Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government. It is one of five civilian U.S. international broadcasters working under the umbrella of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).
So it's safe to assume that both parties are blamed equally or, more likely, the Democrats are receiving more of the blame.

This is good news. In the '95 shutdown, Republicans received 22% more of the blame.

5 posted on 10/09/2013 3:07:51 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: SoFloFreeper

when dem controls both houses of congress, media never hype the fact that their poll numbers are really low as well


6 posted on 10/09/2013 3:07:55 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: SoFloFreeper

I believe it. People are not interested in truth or fact. When I tell someone the House has funded this or that, people just roll their eyes at me. They do not care, this is the survivor generation and I mean plugged into Hollywood and not true survivor independence. I hear more about Hollywood than anything, with no idea what they are talking about.
They are not interested to hear this is the 18th shutdown. They are conditioned, perhaps by some epigenetic fluke of constant interment in government schools. The same schools that have denied them knowledge of how to succeed.


7 posted on 10/09/2013 3:08:29 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
My mistake, I guess it's AP.

Still, I see this as good news. A 10% gap isn't bad at this point. And I would still add in a 5% bias.

What's most important is the trend. Time is on our side, as people learn more about Obamacare.

8 posted on 10/09/2013 3:09:56 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Democrats controlling the narrative.

Americans believe them, just as they believe in large measure that the Jews did 9.11.

This is the way the war plays out because we’re unwilling to do what must be done and fight the fights that must be fought.


9 posted on 10/09/2013 3:11:30 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: momincombatboots
They are conditioned, perhaps by some epigenetic fluke of constant interment in government schools.

People seem to absorb uncritically what's in the atmosphere, i.e. the media smog.

People seem to have a habitual trust in government institutions and the media which, as you say, is likely the result of childhood institutionalization.

10 posted on 10/09/2013 3:14:46 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: US Navy Vet

“Do you actually believe this “Poll”?”

The poll could be accurate within itself. But, in order to know whether it is representative of the general population is another question. My guess is that the sample is skewed so to achieve the desired result. An input; I am 68 years old and I have yet to be polled for one of these surveys. Go figure, lol!


11 posted on 10/09/2013 3:15:30 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: SoFloFreeper

How is it that VOA is still operating?


12 posted on 10/09/2013 3:16:43 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"while about half of the respondents said the Democrats or U.S. President Barack Obama bore the greater share of responsibility."

BTW, why do they always call it "blame" when it comes to the Republicans?

13 posted on 10/09/2013 3:19:33 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: SoFloFreeper

110% coverage by the in the tank media. So many stupid people that can’t think for themselves. THAT is the real problem.


14 posted on 10/09/2013 3:19:57 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

don’t believe any crap poll that is published...if the numbers were going against democrats the poll would be scrapped..V of A is leftward slant..


15 posted on 10/09/2013 3:20:11 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: US Navy Vet
Do you actually believe this “Poll”?

Yes I do.

But I also recall the great Sherlock Holmes comment from "Silver Blaze:" What really matters here is that the dog DIDN'T bark in the night.

The dog not barking in the night here is the number of people who blame BOTH parties.

The 62% is being arrived at by combining the number of people who blame Republicans with the number of people who blame both. That means that there's a corresponding number for Democrats as well. The last full polls I saw showed something like 48% blaming Republicans, 38% Democrats and 17% both. That means 65% blaming Republicans but 55% blaming Democrats.

That would be close to the 62% being cited here, while also telling the rest of the story: more than half of Americans also blame Democrats. Not a bad thing, assuming that one doesn't mind (or even wants) the undermining of the general credibility of the Government ...
16 posted on 10/09/2013 3:21:50 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: US Navy Vet

Also note the wording of the story. It throws out the 62% as a number, which draws the eye, while saying that “more than half” blame Obama/Dems. Which essentially buries that part - people will focus on and remember the 62% while the “half” blends in with the other words.

It’s a subtle, but very effective manipulation tactic.


17 posted on 10/09/2013 3:24:43 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: SoFloFreeper

Dumbest voters ever


18 posted on 10/09/2013 3:25:13 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberal: A person who charges their grandchildren for today's party)
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To: snoringbear

I believe that the press actually thinks they are doing the right thing by being so liberal. They don’t know that they are siding with evil.

About five years ago I was interviewed in a parking lot by a reporter for National Public Radio. It was one of those man on the street type interviews. I started questioning the reporter about her knowledge of our Constitution. By the time she walked away she was stuttering and stammering, like someone we know without a teleprompter.


19 posted on 10/09/2013 3:29:47 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberal: A person who charges their grandchildren for today's party)
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To: SoFloFreeper

VOA is now Pravda.


20 posted on 10/09/2013 3:31:50 AM PDT by Shady (It is called LIBERTY...Freedom linked to Responsibility. Any questions?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Obama and the information ministry have one consistent theme - “hate white Republicans”.

I’m surprised it’s ONLY 62%.


21 posted on 10/09/2013 3:37:08 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=128&sid=27174845&title=how-the-ap-gfk-poll-was-conducted


22 posted on 10/09/2013 3:41:18 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

And they probably polled only those that don’t even know how to spell constitution.


23 posted on 10/09/2013 3:43:28 AM PDT by Bobby_Taxpayer
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To: SoFloFreeper

So let’s just do without a federal government if so many citizens are disgusted by it. We could go back to being a confederation of states. There are no united citizenry, no shared goals, no common set of moral principles, and no need to have this expensive, oppressive behemoth draining us of our God-given resources.

Is this what the Leftist press wants to accomplish with these cherry-picked polls of 1000 people out of a nation of 320 million?


24 posted on 10/09/2013 3:49:55 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SoFloFreeper

Obama gets his lies out during the day. The sound bite gets replayed on the local news. It’s the last thing people see before they go to bed.


25 posted on 10/09/2013 4:03:13 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SoFloFreeper

Thought of the day. If the polls all claim to show the public blaming Republicans then why did Obama drop the mess into Harry Reid’s lap?


26 posted on 10/09/2013 4:29:46 AM PDT by shoff (Vote Democratic it beats thinking!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I don’t doubt it.

Americans are not a thinking lot anymore.. they just reflexively nod in agreement to “media” accusations, no matter how outlandish, that all evil emanates from Republicans. With government school systems quashing anything related to critical thought, those skills are sadly lacking.

Doesn’t matter.. keep fighting.


27 posted on 10/09/2013 4:31:20 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

ASS PRESS POLL... you have got to be kidding me!


28 posted on 10/09/2013 4:31:24 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

VOA are communists.


29 posted on 10/09/2013 4:31:40 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: momincombatboots

“They” will never survive what is coming and for the reassons that you site. You need to leave the places where these people infest. It will be ground zero.


30 posted on 10/09/2013 4:33:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I don’t give a Fugg if the AP poll says 100% blame the Republicans.

The fact is that right now the Republicans are the only ones making sense.

The budget has to be cut, and Obamacare defeated or we all go down on this sinking ship.


31 posted on 10/09/2013 4:34:44 AM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: savedbygrace

“(AP) - The Associated Press-GfK poll on the partial government shutdown and politics was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 3-7. It is based on online interviews of 1,227 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative KnowledgePanel.”

ONLINE... Adults... and then adults from their hand picked survey pool. This is feces of the lowest order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 10/09/2013 4:36:32 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: tanknetter

Quite so.

They are happy to mix solutions of primary colors until they get the hue they want and declare it to be some magical pipeline into the thoughts of 320 million highly diverse residents.

As always, these polls are reliant on those gullible, bored or desperate enough to answer a landline phone during the dinner hour and to share their thoughts with an unseen stranger. I wouldn’t trust these people to buy me a loaf of bread let alone make a political calculation.


33 posted on 10/09/2013 4:40:30 AM PDT by relictele ("An elective despotism was not the government we fought for..." - James Madison)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I hope the 'pubs aren't dumb enough to let these surveys affect them. Come election season, the dems are going to have to run against images of veterans being kept out of memorials, of tourists being kept away from oceans and parks, of invaders being allowed to protest on the national mall while park employees arrest US citizens. They're going to have to explain voting against those individual budget items.

Add to that, because of Cruz's brilliance, the 'pubs got out front of the Obamacare disaster and the dems are going to have to explain defending it.

Besides that, they were elected to defend and support the things they were elected to do.

34 posted on 10/09/2013 4:41:37 AM PDT by grania
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To: SoFloFreeper
But if it is true and accurate about the state of the American mind, we are in even deeper crap than I previously thought.

It could be true. It would be indicative of the shallow thinking that put the Obamanation in office and, appallingly, re-elected him. The Republican stand is principled and, contrary to facile accusations, looks far beyond petty politics. At its core its a fight for the survival of the American identity.

35 posted on 10/09/2013 4:46:11 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I actually credit Congress with the shutdown. I blame Obama.
36 posted on 10/09/2013 4:53:34 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Double down and let it ride.


37 posted on 10/09/2013 4:56:21 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Among the 62 percent who “blame” Republicans for the shut-down are some who think this is good.


38 posted on 10/09/2013 5:11:44 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: SoFloFreeper

That’s OK. I blame the republicans too.

If they hadn’t been such spineless weasels in congress the last 2 decades, spineless about budgets, debt limits, etc., and if we hadn’t run such rino-spineless candidates for the presidency, we wouldn’t be wondering if they aren’t just another incarnation of the liberal party.

So, yep, I blame ‘em.


39 posted on 10/09/2013 5:17:36 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The State Dept is authorized by the latest NDAA to use ANY media to try to influence “foreigners’” opinions of America, and it doesn’t matter if 99.9% of the people who hear the propaganda are Americans who will be influenced. As long as there’s the possibility of one foreigner hearing the “educational material”, it’s legal.

IOW, don’t believe anything coming from VOA.


40 posted on 10/09/2013 5:18:45 AM PDT by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

If this poll were true, then the GOP-e would have folded by now.

This is a scare tactic. The libs are getting very scared and desparate because this ‘shutdown’ is not working and obamacare is proving to be a complete disaster.


41 posted on 10/09/2013 5:20:29 AM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

AP and VOA are practically the same thing. We have no independent news media.


42 posted on 10/09/2013 5:21:24 AM PDT by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The single biggest thing that perpetuates the problems created in Washington DC is the propaganda machine of the democrats known as the media.

Their assignment this month is to blame the Republicans, TEA party, and Ted Cruz, while deflecting anything that looks too closely at Obama’s, Reid’s and the democrats’ role in all this mess.

This poll is just part of that effort.

Unfortunately, I do believe it. The democrat media does its job very well, and a lot of people believe them to the hilt.


43 posted on 10/09/2013 5:24:23 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: SoFloFreeper

“while about half of the respondents said the Democrats or U.S. President Barack Obama bore the greater share of responsibility”

“about half”? Why won’t they say a number?


44 posted on 10/09/2013 5:26:23 AM PDT by Spok
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To: SoFloFreeper

According to the AP, Obama’s approval rating is down to 37 percent. However they buried that number in a story about Republicans being blamed for the shutdown.


45 posted on 10/09/2013 5:33:41 AM PDT by HawkHogan
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To: SoFloFreeper
help me with my math here:

Associated Press and GfK shows some 62 percent of more than 1,000 people surveyed said Republicans are to blame for the government shutdown that began last Tuesday, while about half of the respondents said the Democrats or U.S. President Barack Obama bore the greater share of responsibility.

doesn't that equal about 112% of respondents???
46 posted on 10/09/2013 5:37:10 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“62 percent of more than 1,000 people surveyed said Republicans are CREDITED for the government shutdown”

There, fixed it.


47 posted on 10/09/2013 5:46:28 AM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: SoFloFreeper

“Blame” is a biased word. If the Republicans are responsible for it, the word I would pick is “credit”. The Republicans deserve credit for taking a stand (finally).

The Democrats are responsible for the government being broken and needing to be shut down.


48 posted on 10/09/2013 5:54:17 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The same poll has Obama’s approval at an abyssmal 37%, that is about where George W. Bush was his last year. This poll is certainly NOT good news for the Whitehouse.


49 posted on 10/09/2013 5:56:07 AM PDT by apillar
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To: HawkHogan

37%?????

That’s below the level that would typically support Democrats who are rounding THEM up for the camps.


50 posted on 10/09/2013 5:56:46 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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