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Shutdown Tanking the Republican Brand

How low can they go?

The longer this government shutdown drags on the worse the polling situation gets for Republicans. The latest NBC/WSJ poll has some incredible results.

The poll found 46 percent of Americans think the shutdown is extremely serious and another 27 percent say it is quite serious. The blame for this serious situation is falling primarily on the Republican party. Only 31 percent of Americans think President Obama is to blame while 53 percent believe congressional Republicans are to blame.

The result is an amazing swing in the generic ballot. Last month Democrats lead 46 percent to 43 percent for Republicans. Now Democrats lead 47 percent to 39 percent. If the election were held today Democrats would likely take the House.

The Republican party’s brand is now the lowest it has been in the roughly 20 years NBC has being polling. Only 24 percent of the country has a positive opinion of the Republicans party and 53 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

This is polling finally bad enough to likely scare Republicans into folding.

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