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 [...]

This One Chart Illustrates Why Hillary Clinton Is in Such a Dominating Position

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 12:59 pm

If you want a very simple explanation why Hillary Clinton is not only the 2016 Democratic frontrunner but also able to scare off any serious competition, you need only look at this graph from Gallup. Regardless how you feel about Clinton, this is remarkable. This level of familiarity among the public is unheard of for [...]

Congressional Approval on Track to Be Lowest for Any Midterm in 40 years

By: Monday June 16, 2014 11:08 am

Americans rarely have a high opinion of Congress, but currently its support for the body has been at record lows. Unless there is some dramatic change in the next few months this election could feature the lowest Congressional approval ratings of any midterm election in the past 40 years. From Gallup: Ideally, such poor numbers [...]

Country Is Divided About Having a Divided Congress

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 2:07 pm

The American people are fairly ambivalent about whether it is better to have one party control of both houses of Congress, or not. Roughly a third think one party control is better, another third think a divided Congress is preferable and the rest think it makes no different or don’t have an opinion. From Gallup: [...]

Support For Marriage Equality Reaches New High But Republicans Still Oppose It

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 10:41 am

Support for same-sex marriage continues to steadily grow. According to Gallup, support has reached a new high with 55 percent of Americans now in favor same-sex marriage. From Gallup: This impact this will have on marriage equality laws around the country is probably very small because we have already moved from the issue being fought [...]

Republicans Hold Edge on Top Issues

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 10:30 am

The most important issues for Americans right now are the economy, the deficit and taxes. On all three the Republicans hold an advantage over Democrats according to Gallup. This is the simplest visualization for why Democrats should be worried. The economy has been the top concern for voters for years and it doesn’t look like [...]

Democratic Party Holds Favorability Edge

By: Friday May 16, 2014 10:11 am

On net the American people don’t like either major party at the moment but they dislike Democrats the least. From Gallup: Having a net favorable rating of negative 6 normally won’t be considered much of an accomplishment but in a two party system politics is a zero-sum game. Being dislike noticeably less than the other [...]

Voters Really Dislike Most People in Congress

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:20 am

Only 22 percent of voters think most members of Congress deserve re-election while 72 percent believe they do not. According to Gallup this puts it on pace to be the lowest ever for an election year since they have been polling the issue. From Gallup: As has always been the case voters have a higher [...]

Voter Enthusiasm Down Across the Board, But Especially Bad Among Democrats

By: Monday May 12, 2014 9:53 am

This midterm election is not particularly exciting for many according to the latest Gallup poll. Voter enthusiasm is the lowest it has been in 20 years. From Gallup: Among Republican-leaning voters 42 percent are more enthusiastic about voting than normal, while 50 percent are less enthusiastic. While objective, it is dramatically better than enthusiasm among [...]

Tea Party Support Continues to Erode

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 10:12 am

The so called “Tea Party” movement’s brand continues to deteriorate. The number of Americans who say they support the Tea Party is down to only 22 percent while 30 percent of Americans say they oppose it. These are the worst numbers for the Tea Party since Gallup started asking about it. From Gallup: Currently, only [...]

support firedoglake