Several surveys conducted during the course of the government shutdown indicated that American citizens were unhappy with their representatives in Congress for recklessly halting government operations in order to serve ideological arguments.
Stats released by CNN and others indicated that Americans were more upset with the Republicans in the House, albeit by a small margin.
Still, optimists on the left-leaning side of the debate believe that these polls are an indication that the Democratic Party can regain majority control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections.
Jim Williams, a representative from the survey-conducting grorganization Public Policy Polling posits that support for Democratic candidates has increased in GOP-led districts as a result of the government shutdown.
“A new round of post-shutdown polling shows that Democrats not only have an opportunity to take back the House of Representatives next year, but that they could win a sizable majority if voter anger over the shutdown carries into 2014,” a memorandum written by Williams reads.
The poll, which was sponsored by the liberal-leaning MoveOn.org, claims that “Incumbent Republicans trail generic Democrats in 15 of the 25 districts” surveyed most recently, and 37 of 61 districts overall. In order to regain a majority in the House, Democrats need to net only 17 seats over the Republicans.
Since these polls were conducted by liberal groups during a time of political turmoil, they are unlikely to serve as any accurate prediction of next year’s election cycle. Still, the numbers demonstrate a growing unhappiness with the current representatives in Congress.
Non-liberal publications such as The Wall Street Journal had also released separate polls that indicated the Republican Party lost some support because of the government shutdown. The Wall Street Journal and NBC claimed that the Republican Party was “badly damaged” in its public perception following the shutdown and its ideological arguments over the Affordable Care Act, the Huffington Post reports.
Although these new statistics may seem promising for Democratic leaders and voters, opinions towards government representatives are likely to shift greatly in the year leading up to the next round of Congressional elections.