Maybe not, according to Sen. Harry Reid’s logic. Citing to a new CNN poll out today showing that 47 percent of Americans have a negative opinion of the Tea Party, Reid announced that the movement has lost its influence. ”The country doesn’t care much about the Tea Party,” he said on the Senate floor today. “There is a new CNN poll out today that says this very directly.”
“The people who care about the tea party are a very small number who care about them positively,” he added. “Those who care about them negatively is very high.”
So based on that criteria, Reid must be truly despondent to also learn that the country doesn’t care about President Obama. As Peter noted, a Quinnipiac poll out today showed that 48 percent of American voters disapprove of the president.
Of course, the comparison isn’t perfect, since the CNN poll surveyed all Americans, while the Quinnipiac one surveyed only likely voters. But the Quinnipiac poll should still have Democrats worried. Not only did it show Obama’s lowest approval rating ever for that polling service, but it also found that voters say 50-41 that he shouldn’t be reelected – which is also his lowest reelection score ever.
In addition, the poll found that voters oppose the war in Libya 47-41 percent. Since Americans tend to be more supportive of military interventions at the beginning, this isn’t a good sign.