GOP approval ratings reach record lows

As a result of the partial government shutdown, two things are clear: Republicans’ approval ratings have reached record lows, and few people are satisfied with government in general. 

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll out Tuesday, 32 percent have favorable views of the GOP, while 46 percent hold the same views for Democrats. 

Half the people surveyed have a favorable impression of President Obama, whose approval ratings have hovered between 40 and 50 percent over the last few months. 

As far as whether the country’s political system is working, three-quarters of the public are not satisfied, the poll found. 

The survey was conducted a few days after the 16-day government shutdown ended Thursday. This poll, and others conducted during and after the shutdown, show the impasse dealt a major blow to Republicans. 

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The Tea Party, which is largely affiliated with the GOP, has also suffered. According to the poll, 67 percent disapprove of how the movement’s members in Congress have handled the budget battle. 

Even after the Senate and House reached an agreement to temporarily reopen the government, only 12 percent of people approve of the way Congress is doing its job. 

Some lawmakers from both chambers and political parties have now been tasked with negotiating a long-term deal to solve the nation’s fiscal issues. Most people, however, don’t approve of how they’re handling it. Nearly 80 percent disapprove of Republicans’ handling of the fiscal situation, and 61 percent disapprove of Democrats’ jobs. 

Besides domestic politics, America’s stature in the world has also been hurt: 56 percent believe the budget dispute seriously damaged the U.S.’s image internationally. 

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