[Please note that this was supposed to have been published on October 20,but I think I forgot to hit publish. So “yesterday” is Monday the 19th of October.]
Republicans in Washington can barely contain their glee at the turn of President Obama‘s political fortunes in the first nine months of the year but a new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests the GOP still faces serious perception problems in the eyes of the American public.
Less than one in five voters (19 percent) expressed confidence in Republicans’ ability to make the right decisions for America’s future while a whopping 79 percent lacked that confidence.
Among independent voters, who went heavily for Obama in 2008 and congressional Democrats in 2006, the numbers for Republicans on the confidence questions were even more worse. Just 17 percent of independents expressed confidence in Republicans’ ability to make the right decision while 83 percent said they did not have that confidence.
(While Obama’s numbers on the confidence question weren’t amazing — 49 percent confident/50 percent not confident — they were far stronger than those for Republicans.)
These numbers don’t lead me to a Republican takeover of Congress next year. And as many, including Paul Krugman, point out: The Republicans have yet to define any positive positions on issues. Except being for more troops in Afghanistan which most Americans are now skeptical about. The winning formula still isn’t there.