The new Pew poll found that this is one of the most disliked Congresses in modern history, but it seems most of the blame for Congress’s dysfunction is being placed on the Republican Party. On a whole host of questions about which party is better at different things, the American people have turned sharply against the GOP since the midterm election. The trend, in just a year, according to Pew polling is incredible.
In the two important categories of which party is most honest and which party is better at governing, the net move towards Democrats has been in the double digits.
This is going to make for some very interesting political dynamics in 2012. If we had a straight parliamentary system we would simply expect a massive congressional loss for the GOP. But the 2012 election will be dominated by a Democratic president running for re-election and in such elections people often vote how well they think the president has handled the economy.
If the economy continues to struggle, it will be interesting to see which narrative ends up moving voters: the belief the Republican Party is a dishonest party that can’t govern or the fact that the Democratic Party’s leader has failed to deliver on the economy.
How the 2012 election shapes out could have important long term implications for what parties think is the best strategy for running Congress while not in the White House.