Only 29 percent of respondents say they agree “with most” of what Republicans in Congress have proposed (versus 45 percent for Obama and 40 percent for congressional Democrats). An identical 29 percent have a favorable view of the Republican Party (compared with 49 percent for Obama and 41 percent for the Democratic Party). – NBC/WSJ poll: Public wary about sequester cuts, but Obama in stronger political position than GOP

Republican Elephant

THIS LATEST poll is devastating for Republicans. Among those asked 64% believe the GOP is taking a purely partisan approach to meeting our nation’s challenges.

President Obama has lost a minimal amount of lift, nothing to worry about, because as hard as he’s charged on sequester marketing, he has led Democrats to a wide lead over Republicans where leadership is concerned. More from the poll:

What’s more, the polls shows the Democratic Party beats the Republican Party on almost every issue “” looking out for middle class (by 22 points), Medicare (by 18 points), health care (16 points), reducing gun violence (15 points), Social Security (14 points), immigration (7 points) and even taxes (3 points) and the economy (2 points).

The poll also reveals that Americans equate spending with military readiness, because even after the Bush-Cheney era and the ineptitude of Republicans on foreign policy and military matters, when asked about who they trust on “ensuring a strong national defense,” respondents picked Republicans by 26 points.

This makes no sense at all, showing why politicians always choose the hawkish stance on militarism, as well as funding the defense industry. That’s not going to change. Americans continue to think having the biggest military stick by well over 10-times the amount of anyone else is the way to go. The American public doesn’t do nuance on national defense; throw money at the issue is all they know.

It reveals real ignorance on what makes a strong national defense in the 21st century, which includes economic partnerships over weaponry, shoring up U.S. infrastructure that’s cracking, making our country more energy independent, among other things. It will take epic re-education to change this reality and decades to get done.