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Posted by on Dec 20, 2008 in Politics | 7 comments

Congressional Popularity Still on Track (see: Basement)

Rasmussen Reports continues to take the pulse of the nation’s voters and the approaching holiday season sees the approval ratings of Congress once again diving into single digit territory.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters found that only nine percent (9%) give Congress good or excellent ratings, while 54% give the legislature poor marks. Just one-out-of-50 voters (2%) think Congress is doing an excellent job.

The last time the ratings were this low was on September 9. In late November, 12% gave Congress good or excellent ratings. This is now the fifth time congressional ratings have fallen below 10% since June 1.

When we can’t even find one in ten citizens who are willing to say that our elected officials are at least doing a decent job, something is seriously wrong. Do you suppose it could have anything to do with the fact that a majority of voters don’t want them to keep using our tax dollars to bail out private industry? Or might it be the general impression among voters that Congress is more corrupt than the CEOs they are bailing out? That might explain why 59% feel that Barack Obama should make ethics reform a top priority during his first year in office. (Because, as we all know, when you want to clean up corruption in government, your first thought should be to call in somebody from Chicago.)

I know the economy is in distress, unemployment is rising, banks and business are failing and there is a rather dark cloud hanging over the opening days of the era of hope and change. But these things tend to pass and I can’t help but believe they will do so again. What might not change, however, is the fundamental collapse of of the voters’ confidence in their legislative representatives. As the results of a companion poll demonstrate, nearly half the country is increasingly worried about the emergence of American Dynasties, turning the Senate into a modern-day House of Lords without concerns for qualifications or skill. What’s to be done to reverse this trend? I wish I was smart enough to figure that one out for you.

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  • I wish that poll had contained info about how they feel their congress critter is doing. In the past these type of polls have shown that most constituents think every congress critter but their own is doing a bad job. It would be nice to know if that trend has changed.

  • jchem

    Jazz, “I know the economy is in distress, unemployment is rising, banks and business are failing and there is a rather dark cloud hanging over the opening days of the era of hope and change.”

    Things can’t be that bad, considering these folks have “earned” themselves a raise:

    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/with-economy-in-shambles-congress-gets-a-raise-2008-12-17.html

    Perhaps I’m doing something wrong. To remedy the situation I am going to be the meanest and toughest college professor students have ever had the misfortune to take a class with next semester. That should get me around a 10% approval rating when the time comes for them to fill out the student evaluations. I will then present these results to my dean and say that I should get a raise in the Fall based on these results. Sounds kind of silly, but I think what’s worse is the fact that we somehow let Congress decide their own pay.

  • What Dyre points out is the fact that makes these polls a joke. When Incumbents keep getting reelected over 90% of the time, why should Congress care how low their “approval” numbers go? Why do incumbents have so much going for them? Money? Name recognition? Or is it party?

    In my case, the primaries are the only meaningful races. Since I don’t believe in torture, imperial presidents, illegal wiretapping and shoveling money into the pockets of the rich, I’d have to be stupid to vote for any Republican. (I’m not, and I don’t).

    • AustinRoth

      GD – So I take it you ARE for wealth redistribution, socialized medicine, putting bribe money in refrigerators, cozy relationships with dictators and terrorists (no, not Ayers, but Hamas, and Chavez, et al.), the housing crisis (don’t kid yourself – it was Democratic leadership that both pushed lenders to make high-risk loans and protected Fannie and Freddie, although to be fair there is some bipartisanship in that train wreck), and shoveling money into the pockets of lawyers, union officials, and the rich (just a different set of rich – the ones that support the Democratic Party!)

      🙂

      I remain too cynical – they are all corrupt and venal. They just serve different masters.

      Well, except of course my representatives. They help our community!

      🙂

  • heheh. good one AR.

    I figure you’re just being provocative, but OK:
    All tax policy is wealth redistribution. Current policy punishes workers and rewards investors, in the belief that investment drives the economy. No, I don’t favor wealth redistribution from the middle class to the rich. It doesn’t work and hurts our country. Socialized medicine. No, I don’t favor the government hiring, firing or managing doctors. I do favor someone paying them. If the government can do so at 25% lower cost (and that’s conservative), I’m for that. Money in refrigerators. No, but that’s not Democratic policy; it’s corruption. I deplore that in both parties. “Cozy relationships with dictators?” Funny. You mean like our cozy relationships with China, the Saudis, etc? Or were you talking about the heroes from our past: the Marcoses, Noriega, Castro (yeah, we helped put him in power), Hussein (ditto), Pinochet, Botha? Them?

    Or if you’re trying to revive the “Obama talks to terrorists” stupidity, let me remind you that he favors negotiation, not cozy relationships. The police negotiate with murderers and kidnappers. Is that the kind of cozy relationship you mean? Because negotiation is an effective way of dealing with crisis situations involving criminals who have created the crisis. Guns a-blazing policy has failed us, in case you had not noticed. We have proven to the world that we cannot subdue even pathetic third world nations with our mighty military.

    You’re wrong about who pushed deregulation of lending, and I’ve posted Bush’s speech lauding the Freddie and Fannie programs several times. He said “even if you have bad credit and low income, you can have as nice a home as anyone.” President Bush. Isn’t that exactly the kind of irresponsible policy you’re accusing Dems of?

    Government doesn’t pay lawyers. Clients do. Union officials are paid by dues of workers.

    I know you’re a true believer in the neocon economic platform. It has failed us. “Privatize, deregulate, cut social spending” (Milton Friedman, R. Reagan) produces increasing wealth gap, shift of public wealth to private hands, and private debt to public hands. That’s where we are right now, nationalizing massive private debt, having already given lavishly of public resources to private interests. It’s not working, but true believers want to do it some more, just as they think increased militarism will somehow work better in the future than it has for the last 40 years.

  • casualobserver

    The thread is about Congress (which has been Democrat for the past two years), not the Presidency.

    Your BDS is impairing your ability to read and comprehend the English language, Green Nightmare.

  • screw your “BDS” BULL, CO. I’ve had enough of that derision.

    Now, as YOU know, between Bush veto threat and GOP filibuster, it has NOT been a Dem Congress at all. Piss off!

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