Popularity of Congress Remains Extremely Low, but 90% Expected to Win Re-election

By: Monday August 18, 2014 10:12 am

The percentage of Americans who think most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected this November continues to remain near record lows. From Gallup: While significantly more people think their own House member deserves re-election — 50 percent –  that number is notably lower than most recent elections. This mid-term election is going to be [...]

Congressional Experience Seen as Less Important for a President

By: Monday May 19, 2014 2:07 pm

Congressional experience is considered much less important for presidential candidates than it used to be. Until recently far more Americans thought serving in Congress was better preparation for being president than being a governor but that has changed dramatically. From Pew Research: I wonder if this is more of an indictment against President Obama, the [...]

Americans Think Their Own Member of Congress Should Lose

By: Friday January 24, 2014 10:23 am

Traditionally in America voters have been upset with Congress in general but like their own member of Congress. With support for Congress hovering at historic laws even this has started to change. According to Gallup only 46 percent think their own member of Congress deserves re-election, a new record low. From Gallup: Unfortunately, the system [...]

Five Horrible Things Viewed More Favorably Than Congress

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 1:08 pm

Just how despised is Congress these days? Well Public Policy Polling decided to poll it against some of the most hated things in the world and the results are not pretty. Here are just five things that Americans have a higher opinion than Congress.

Americans Are Sick of Divided Government

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 9:58 am

Overwhelmingly, the American people think it would be better for one party to control both Congress and the White House. Apparently, the last two years of continuous fighting between President Obama and House Republicans as they stumbled from one artificially created crisis to the next has convinced voters that divided government only results in crippling [...]

Bipartisan Agreement in Hating Congress

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 3:13 pm

Congress’ job approval is still at an abysmal 12 percent with 82 percent of the country disapproving of its job performance, according to Gallup. While technically this is better than Congress’ all time low of just 10 percent reached back in August, a few points is really just a minor fluctuation. What I do find [...]

Behavior of Congressional Republicans Turning Country Against the GOP

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 4:01 pm

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 [...]

Americans Really Dislike Their Congress Right Now

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 10:13 am

More signs that American voters have reached a historic level of unhappiness with our Congress. From USA Today/Gallup: Only 24% of those surveyed say most members of Congress deserve re-election, the lowest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 1991. Fifty-six percent say their own representative deserves another term, similar to the levels just [...]

All Americans Agree: Our Politicians Suck

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 6:17 pm

Pew is out with a new, very complex poll looking at the the diversity of American opinions across a broad range of issues. The whole thing is long, but worth a read. An aspect of the poll that really stuck out to me, though, is that one of the few things that Americans of all [...]

Budget Deal Continues Tradition of Treating People of DC as Second Class Citizens

By: Monday April 11, 2011 1:02 pm

During the budget debate, President Obama and Congressional Democrats again sold out the 600,000 mainly African-American and Democratic voting citizens of Washington, DC. They allowed the Republicans to add to the budget deal a rider that would prevent the District from using its own tax revenue to have Medicaid pay for abortion. Democrats used the [...]

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