The latest Washington Post/Wall Street Journal poll finds Republicans gaining ground with voters on several key issues.
Republicans are now rated higher than Democrats on handling the economy and foreign policy, and the GOP’s lead has strengthened on several other issues, including dealing with the federal deficit and ensuring a strong national defense.
On topics such as health care, Democrats have seen their long-standing advantage whittled to lows not seen in years.
The poll also reflected unease over the economy. Just 27% of Americans think the economy will improve over the next year, the lowest since July 2012, while nearly two-thirds think the country is on the wrong track.
The public tilt on several issues in favor of the GOP, particularly among independents, comes as Mr. Obama’s own job-approval rating has hovered around 45% for three months, a tenuous place for a president trying to build support for likely battles with Congress over possible military action in Syria, a proposed overhaul of immigration law and the budget. (Read More)
So that’s the good news for the GOP. The bad news is they still aren’t very well liked, especially among conservatives. I doubt leaders like John Boehner and Eric Cantor in the House help. They don’t seem to stand for much these days, other than trying saying no to Obama in one breath while helping him out in the next. Then we have guys like Lindsey Graham and John McCain in the Senate who are absolutely dreadful.
As Walter Russell Meade pointed out, the anti-Obama wave can only take Republicans so far.