I can’t stand it, I know you planned it.
There has been a lot of whispering among politicians and pundits that Republicans are purposefully thwarting President Obama’s efforts to put Americans back to work and tanking the economy, but no polling had been conducted to provide support for such a notion — until now.
Voters in Florida recently responded to the following question: “Do you think the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not reelected?”
The results are interesting:
With 51 percent of voters saying that jobs and the economy are the most pressing issues in the nation today, 49 percent said they believe that the Republicans are intentionally hindering efforts to boost the economy so that President Barack Obama will not be reelected. Thirty-nine percent disagreed. As expected, most registered Democrats (70 percent) agreed that Republicans are intentionally hindering the economy and hurting Obama, but independents (52 percent) and even some Republicans (24 percent) also agreed. [emphasis added]
Got that? Nearly half the respondents, including 52 percent of independents and nearly a quarter of Republicans believe that Republicans are sabotaging the economy. If Republicans “stay the course,” those numbers will only rise.
The question remains, however, will voters punish Republicans for this behavior in the voting booth?
Even more succinctly, are voters going to fuck up this election?
With no small amount of help from our failed media, probably.
[via Political Animal][cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]