It's double trouble for the Republicans. As Greg Sargent -- who has ventured into the deeps of the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll -- sees the Republicans at a disadvantage in approval and at even greater disadvantage when it comes to the sequester.
Where the poll itself misses a beat is in its failure, says Sargent, to test public opinion on "the option of replacing the sequester cuts in part with eliminating tax breaks enjoyed by the rich and corporations." So we don't know the full extent of their failure to boost approval ratings.
The poll finds that Democrats hold a double digit lead over Republicans on many major issues facing the country — and finds solid majority support for key initiatives on Obama’s second term agenda. Dems hold a 22 point advantage on looking out for the middle class; an 18 point advantage on dealing with Medicare; a 16 point advantage on health care; a 15 point advantage on reducing gun violence; a 14 point advantage on Social Security; a 10 point advantage on energy policy; a seven point advantage on immigration; and a three point advantage on the GOP signature issue of taxes. (Republicans prevail on the deficit, spending and national defense; more on this below.)
Meanwhile, Americans support raising the minimum wage by 58-36; they want gun laws to be made stricter by 61-34; and they support giving undocumented immigrants a path to legal status by 54-42 (in fairness, this question isn’t precise in that the wording doesn’t specify a path to citizenship).
Strikingly, the poll finds that 64 percent say the GOP is “emphasizing a partisan approach in a way that does not unify the country,” versus only 22 percent who say the party is “emphasizing unifying the country.” For Obama those numbers are the other way around — 43-48. ...GregSargent,WaPo