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Congressional Approval At 24-Year Low

From Pew:

Congressional Favorability at 24-Year Low

September 2, 2009

Americans are extremely displeased with Congress, and there are already some signs that this could take a toll on the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. Currently, 37% express a favorable opinion of Congress, while 52% hold an unfavorable view. Positive opinions of Congress have declined by 13 points since April and are now at one of their lowest points in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys.

At the same time, intentions to vote Democratic in the next midterm election are markedly lower than they have been over the past four years. Voters are about evenly divided when asked how they would vote if the election for Congress were being held today: 45% say they would vote for a Democratic candidate in their district, or lean Democratic, while 44% say they would vote for a Republican or lean Republican. At about this point four years ago, Democrats led in the generic congressional ballot by 52% to 40% and went on to win a majority of the popular vote and regain control of Congress the following November…

Most of the shift in voting intentions since the 2006 election cycle has occurred among political independents. Independent voters backed Democrats by a wide margin in the previous midterm (11 points on the eve of the election), but currently say they support the GOP candidate in their district by 43% to 38%…

The Democrats continue to be widely viewed as the party more associated with honest and ethical governance, concern with the needs of average Americans, and having better candidates for office. However, nearly as many say the Republican Party as (34%) as Democratic Party (38%) can manage the federal government; two years ago, the Democrats led by 12 points (44% to 32%) as better able to manage the government…

Well, it’s not like that will faze them in the slightest.

After all, they aren’t there to please the voters.

They are there to get more power and to enrich themselves.

The Democrats continue to be widely viewed as the party more associated with honest and ethical governance, concern with the needs of average Americans, and having better candidates for office.

And, sad to say, if the citizenry isthis ignorant, then they really don’t have anything to worry about.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Congressional Approval At 24-Year Low”

  1. proreason says:

    Congress is like a ravenous dog smelling a filet mignon in a bear trap.

    The dog knows the bear trap can kill it, but the smell of the meat is irresistable.

    Congress knows that a huge majority of the country is furious at all of them for ruining our lives, while they live like emperors. Their approval is at a low and will only go lower if they reach for the meat.

    But they just can’t resist the chance to make themselves even more powerful and wealthy than they are now, which is virtually unlimitted.

    I pray the country has the guts to fire the trap. If we are lucky, many of them may be so distraught by their fall from grace that jail will be the last real estate they will ever see.

    • caligirl9 says:

      I live in an area where it will take an act of God to get rid of our congressional rep, Zoe “I never met an illegal alien I didn’t love” Lofgren. Though if the economy remains in the toilet through 2010, and the tech industry doesn’t take off again, perhaps she can count on losing next year’s election.

      Unfortunately Pelosi isn’t going anywhere. SF wackjobs will keep voting her in as long as she wants to stay in congress.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    It’s all Bushes fault……..they inherited this mess from him.

    Now it doesn’t fit anymore!!

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    That poll is actually informative. If you notice, there is a spike every election year in their approval rating. This just goes to show how wishy-washy the electorate can be when it comes to actually doing anything about changing the congressional make up. Everybody hates congress, but it is all the other congressmen/women that are the problem. Their representative is just fine. Even more reason for term limits. Save the American people from their lack of resolve.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    But even out of all that, show that graph to a democrat and they will laugh. To threaten their belief bubble is to make them scamper out of the light.

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