PPP's newest national poll finds a bipartisan consensus on one issue during a time of great division: voters think members of Congress who vote to repeal Obamacare should also give up their government funded health care. 74% agree with that sentiment to only 12% who disagree. And there's not much of a difference about it across party lines- independents (80/8), Democrats (75/14), and Republicans (69/15) all think that if you vote to get rid of Obamacare you should give up your health insurance too.
The health insurance issue is just one data point showing how Americans think members of Congress are overcompensated. Georgia Congressman and Senate candidate Phil Gingrey recently complained about making only $172,000 a year, but just 11% of voters in the country think members deserve to make over $150,000 a year. 66% think their pay should be under $100,000 a year with a 40% plurality falling into the $50,000 to $100,000 a range. There's bipartisan agreement about that as well.
Similar to a Quinnipiac poll released this morning, we find Democrats improving their position on the generic Congressional ballot in the wake of all the controversy about the government shutdown. Democrats lead 45/40 on it, up from a 43/42 spread in July. Two things have caused that shift- Republicans had a 39/27 advantage with independents over the summer but have blown that and now there's a tie with them at 34% each. Republicans have also become less supportive of their own party, going from an 82/10 intention to vote GOP to 78/13. That shift has come largely among moderate Republicans who supported their own party 72/17 in July but now do so by only a 59/22 spread.
Approval numbers for Barack Obama and the Democrats and Republicans in Congress come out about how you would expect. Obama's approval rating is on negative ground at 45/51, as we've found in our polling for months now. Congressional Democrats are unpopular at a 39/57 approval, but Congressional Republicans are far worse off at 23/69.
When it comes specifically to his comments that the Catholic Church has become too obsessed with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception 59% of voters overall agree with him to just 23% who say they disagree. Catholics say they agree with his approach by a 67/17 margin and so do Democrats (73/9) and independents (60/23) overwhelmingly and even Republicans (41/37) narrowly.
Full results here