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New Poll: Republicans Continue to Obstruct The Will of the People On Major Issues

House Republicans are obstructing or blocking any of these solutions – refusing to even let the House of Representatives vote.

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(WASHINGTON DC) - A newly released CBS News/New York Times Poll shows voters stand with House Democrats on the major Congressional issues and House Republicans are increasingly isolated and extreme.

  • 83 percent favor (and 14 percent oppose) a path to citizenship that includes paying fines and back taxes, criminal background checks and learning English. 80 percent of independents support that position.
  • 88 percent favor (and 11 percent oppose) background checks for gun purchases including 83 percent of independents. 59 percent had a negative reaction (36 percent positive) after Senate Republicans rejected a bipartisan background checks bill.
  • 57 percent of voters favor a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes tax increases and spending cuts while only 36 percent support spending cuts alone.

Yet House Republicans are obstructing or blocking any of these solutions – refusing to even let the House of Representatives vote. Maybe that’s why…

This poll found 69 percent of all voters (and even a majority of Republicans) disapprove of this Republican Congress and 85 percent said this Congress was more interested in serving special interest groups than the people they represent.

A new Quinnipiac poll found Democrats leading the generic Congressional ballot by 4 points – 41 percent to 37 percent.

Source: DCCC Press



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Anonymous May 3, 2013 8:51 am (Pacific time)

Here is some data for you who think we need a background check system. We have had one for many many years. We need prosecution, especially higher ups involved in providing firearms to non-citizens. You think Holder will prosecute himself? Let's take the power of being pardoned from cabinet members who violate "our" laws! "46,455 Background Checks For Gun Purchases Each Day Under Obama...There have been 72,005,482 background checks for gun purchases since President Obama took office, according to data released by the FBI. In 2009, the FBI conducted 14,033,824 background checks. If we subtract the month of January (Obama did not assume office until the end of the month) we get 12,819,939. The FBI conducted 14,409,616 background checks in 2010, 16,454,951 in 2011, and 19,592,303 in 2012. Add to that the first four months of 2013 (2,495,440, 2,309,393, 2,209,407 and 1,714,433 respectively) and the total number of background checks under President Obama comes to 72,005,482. Obama has been President for 1,550 days. That works out to 46,455 background checks for gun purchases each day." williams-jr/46455-background-checks-gun-purchases-each-day-under-obama

Anonymous May 3, 2013 8:49 am (Pacific time)

Polls of course are simply a snapshot in time. Looking at a polls' internals and how questions are phrased, including how the sample population is "weighted" can influence results. Ergo, is the poll scientific, or is it agenda driven? "The New York Times/CBS News poll, which asked a series of follow-up questions, probably comes closest to giving a reasonably accurate measure of public support for the Gang’s bill. It found that 46 percent of Americans favored, with conditions, a path to citizenship that would allow illegal immigrants to achieve legal status “while border security is still being strengthened.” That leaves 43 percent who disagreed, including those who said that legal status should be granted “only after the border is secure” as well as those who opposed a pathway to citizenship altogether. This would suggest that, on the proposal that Congress is being asked to consider, the public is far more divided than is commonly supposed...A Pew poll released in April asked respondents for their opinions on the bill, “from what you’ve seen and heard so far.” Just 33 percent said they favored the legislation, while 28 percent were opposed. A plurality of respondents (38 percent) said they “don’t know.” That’s hardly an overwhelming indication of support...If we can glean anything from these results, it is that a slim majority of Americans, or perhaps only a plurality, support the idea of a pathway to citizenship, which the Gang’s bill would provide, and that a larger majority would back a pathway to citizenship with certain requirements. But that does not necessarily translate into support for the legislation itself.

Anonymous May 3, 2013 8:36 am (Pacific time)

President polls at "negative 16" / "Friday, May 03, 2013/ The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty- three percent (53%) now disapprove. Today’s figures include 25% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of NEGATIVE [-16]." "Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 40%, Democrats 39%"

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