Poll: Who Will Pay a Political Price for the VA Scandal?

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki
National Journal
Sarah Mimms Michael Catalini Peter Bell
June 12, 2014, 5 p.m.

Who is most likely to pay a polit­ic­al price for the VA scan­dal?

DEMO­CRATS (93 VOTES)

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats: 15%
Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans: 1%
Pres­id­ent Obama: 41%
No one: 15%
Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment: 28%

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats

“Barack Obama won’t be on the bal­lot in Novem­ber, so Demo­crat­ic con­gres­sion­al can­did­ates will pay the price for this mess, on top of the Obama­care mess.”

“The one who ac­cepts the bribe tends to take the fall more than the one who makes the of­fer.”

“Just an­oth­er brick in the wall for ‘14 Dems.”

“Obama’s dirt is fall­ing on the Dems.”

Pres­id­ent Obama

“Everything that goes wrong in Wash­ing­ton is the pres­id­ent’s fault, ex­cept when it’s Hil­lary’s fault. Isn’t that true?”

“Voters really care about vets. It is a big is­sue, so voters will blame the big guy!”

“The Re­pub­lic­ans are de­term­ined to dis­cred­it him at every chance they get.”

“5 1/2 years, and no man­age­ment over­sight once again.”

“It happened on his watch, and he is the Vel­cro pres­id­ent.”

No one

“Every­one will pay some cost, as it is a gen­er­a­tion’s prob­lems.”

“People have already moved on.”

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment

“Any­one who knows a mil­it­ary fam­ily knows the VA has had big prob­lems for dec­ades.”

“Sadly, the de­part­ment has be­come the punch line.”

“Cred­it goes up­hill, blame rolls down.”

Who is most likely to pay a polit­ic­al price for the VA scan­dal?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (89 VOTES)

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats: 26%
Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans: 0%
Pres­id­ent Obama: 61%
No one: 10%
Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment: 3%

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats

“It is an ad­min­is­tra­tion fail­ure, though the im­me­di­ate losers will be con­gres­sion­al Dems in Novem­ber.”

“It’s Obama’s fault, but he’s not on the bal­lot.”

“It is the per­fect fol­low-up story to Obama­care for Re­pub­lic­ans.”

Pres­id­ent Obama

“The blame here lays squarely on the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Even con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats are on the at­tack.”

“Benghazi, IRS, Obama­care web­site, Ber­g­dahl, VA — does any­one no­tice a pat­tern here?”

“Big Gov­ern­ment Mis­man­age­ment is bad for the Big Gov­ern­ment Pres­id­ent.”

“You don’t tug on Su­per­man’s cape, don’t spit in the wind, and don’t mess around with vet­er­ans.”

No one

“The only people on the bal­lot in 2014 don’t run the VA, so they will pos­ture their way out of trouble.”

“Pres­id­ent looks good feign­ing out­rage. Mem­bers look good em­bra­cing re­forms that don’t change much. Real re­forms don’t pass. VA re­mains un­touched.”

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment

“The VA really wears this one it­self — oth­ers share re­spons­ib­il­ity but the de­part­ment should have led the charge on this in­stead of be­ing run over by it.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

Who is most likely to pay a political price for the VA scandal?

DEMO­CRATS (93 VOTES)

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats: 15%
Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans: 1%
Pres­id­ent Obama: 41%
No one: 15%
Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment: 28%

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats

“Barack Obama won’t be on the bal­lot in Novem­ber, so Demo­crat­ic con­gres­sion­al can­did­ates will pay the price for this mess, on top of the Obama­care mess.”

“The one who ac­cepts the bribe tends to take the fall more than the one who makes the of­fer.”

“Just an­oth­er brick in the wall for ‘14 Dems.”

“Obama’s dirt is fall­ing on the Dems.”

Pres­id­ent Obama

“Everything that goes wrong in Wash­ing­ton is the pres­id­ent’s fault, ex­cept when it’s Hil­lary’s fault. Isn’t that true?”

“Voters really care about vets. It is a big is­sue, so voters will blame the big guy!”

“The Re­pub­lic­ans are de­term­ined to dis­cred­it him at every chance they get.”

“5 1/2 years, and no man­age­ment over­sight once again.”

“It happened on his watch, and he is the Vel­cro pres­id­ent.”

No one

“Every­one will pay some cost, as it is a gen­er­a­tion’s prob­lems.”

“People have already moved on.”

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment

“Any­one who knows a mil­it­ary fam­ily knows the VA has had big prob­lems for dec­ades.”

“Sadly, the de­part­ment has be­come the punch line.”

“Cred­it goes up­hill, blame rolls down.”

Who is most likely to pay a political price for the VA scandal?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (89 VOTES)

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats: 26%
Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans: 0%
Pres­id­ent Obama: 61%
No one: 10%
Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment: 3%

Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats

“It is an ad­min­is­tra­tion fail­ure, though the im­me­di­ate losers will be con­gres­sion­al Dems in Novem­ber.”

“It’s Obama’s fault, but he’s not on the bal­lot.”

“It is the per­fect fol­low-up story to Obama­care for Re­pub­lic­ans.”

Pres­id­ent Obama

“The blame here lays squarely on the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Even con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats are on the at­tack.”

“Benghazi, IRS, Obama­care web­site, Ber­g­dahl, VA — does any­one no­tice a pat­tern here?”

“Big Gov­ern­ment Mis­man­age­ment is bad for the Big Gov­ern­ment Pres­id­ent.”

“You don’t tug on Su­per­man’s cape, don’t spit in the wind, and don’t mess around with vet­er­ans.”

No one

“The only people on the bal­lot in 2014 don’t run the VA, so they will pos­ture their way out of trouble.”

“Pres­id­ent looks good feign­ing out­rage. Mem­bers look good em­bra­cing re­forms that don’t change much. Real re­forms don’t pass. VA re­mains un­touched.”

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment

“The VA really wears this one it­self — oth­ers share re­spons­ib­il­ity but the de­part­ment should have led the charge on this in­stead of be­ing run over by it.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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