Jury still out on Republicans, despite election victory – poll
Despite winning control of the House of Representatives and making gains in the Senate, Republicans still have a way to go to truly win the hearts of Americans, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Just 41 percent of respondents said the Republican takeover of the House is a “good thing,” 27 percent said it was a “bad thing,” and 30 percent said it won’t make any difference, the poll found.
Although voters gave President Barack Obama (and his Democrats) a “shellacking” on election day, the public still has a little more faith in the president than in Republican lawmakers, according to the survey results.
Asked who do you trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years, (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress), 43 percent said Obama and 38 percent said Republicans.
Fifty-four percent said Republican leaders in Congress were not doing enough to compromise with Obama on important issues, compared with 40 percent who said the same about the president.
The poll of 1,001 people, released Tuesday, was completed roughly a month after Republicans swept back into power in the House and picked up six seats in the Senate.
Sixty seven percent of the respondents said the country is on the wrong track. That’s a slight improvement over 71 percent who held that opinion in a Post/ABC poll taken just before the November congressional elections.
The latest poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. Here’s the raw data.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing (New House of Representatives members on House steps of the U.S. Capitol, Nov. 19, 2010)