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Here’s a surprise–111th Congress has worst job approval rating since ratings began

Yeah, I know – you’re just downright shocked, aren’t you?

That’s what you get for doing the party’s business instead of the people’s business.

Here’s what Gallup had to say about their poll results:

Americans’ assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. The 83% disapproval rating is also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance.

Frankly I think its rated too high at 13%.  Their performance has been abysmal.  And while I understand that we’ve had a financial crisis and are in a recession (or out of it, or … whatever) with high unemployment, it really doesn’t matter.  This Congress has done things that have received almost universal condemnation and has gone places where the American people clearly and forcefully said they didn’t want them.

Why wouldn’t they be at 13%.  And, as of today, they’re attempting to drive that rating even lower with their shenanigans.

There are a couple polls that left me shaking my head.  There’s an Washington Post-ABC poll that claims:

In the new poll, just 41 percent of respondents say the GOP takeover of the House is a "good thing." About 27 percent say it is a "bad thing," and 30 percent say it won’t make any difference. Most continue to say that the Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to compromise with Obama on important issues.

Except the GOP hasn’t taken over the House yet.  We’re stuck with the rump 111th Congress.  So I’m not really sure of the relevance of this poll.  Seems to me that regardless of who does or doesn’t think the GOP’s coming takeover of the House is a “good thing” or not really doesn’t matter.  It’s an opinion expressed without anything to base it in except, well, conjecture.  And of course the last sentence is nonsense since the present Congress is majority Democrat. 

Andrew Malcolm got a bit of a amusement from it as well:

With Republicans still 20 days away from taking control of one chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives, the Washington Post could no longer resist delivering the polling news that Americans are not yet convinced the GOP is the party for them.

The bold headline: "Public is not yet sold on GOP"

Imagine, waiting for the 63 new House Republicans to actually take the oath on Jan. 4 and perhaps find their seats before polling on what dismal failures they are. With Democrats controlling merely the presidency and the Senate, the newly elected Republicans have yet to accomplish a single meaningful thing. And clearly the public knows it.

There you go – the worst Congress in history trying to drive their approval rating even lower than it is now and WaPo/ABC are polling  and “analyzing” stuff that hasn’t even happened yet.

Yeah, we’re well served by today’s media (and all those editors), aren’t we? About as well as we’ve been screwed served by the 111th Congress.

~McQ

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12 Responses to Here’s a surprise–111th Congress has worst job approval rating since ratings began

  • Would you feel better about it if the poll had read “Do have faith that the incoming GOP house will be a good thing?”
    And would you expect the numbers to be different?

  • “Most continue to say that the Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to compromise with Obama on important issues.”

    Yeah, let’s watch the ‘compromise’ as the Democrats ram through the vote for everyone to pay for Congressional largess one more time in the OMNIBUS spending bill.  Damn those Republicans for failing to bend over far enough on Obamacare and Porkulus..

  • “Yeah, I know – you’re just downright shocked, aren’t you?”

    Well, knock me over with a feather!!

  • “Most continue to say that the Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to compromise with Obama on important issues.”
    1) 13% disapproval means a whole lot of Democrats dissaprove, and we know why: Dems didn’t ram through healthcare nationalization, cap and trade, and card check.
    2) I am sure some number of people have no idea who is doing what, but they like the idea of compromise, and the legacy MSM image is that the GOP is the bad boys.

  • Yeah, we’re well served by today’s media (and all those editors), aren’t we? About as well as we’ve been screwed served by the 111th Congress.

    One wonders what their rating would be without the LapDog media shills and their cohorts in academia.

  • One more good reason to kill the “lame duck”

  • One thing I have seen come out of the last two years is that a lot of people who are non-ideological, and who did not like the performance of Bush and the republicans, are now frightened as hell of the democrats.
    I heard one independent put it to me, it is like out of the frying pan and into the fire.  What this means in the long run is that the dems have lost a large percentage of the independents for a decade or so.

  • So the poll shows that a fairly large number of people believe that the newly-elected members of congress have already taken their seats and are working on policy?  And the current congress is looking to push through a massive omnibus spending bill that is likely to add billions (and possibly trillions) more to the deficit before the next congress is even seated?  Which means that Democrats may be able to successfully point the finger at House Republicans when next year’s budget is finally hashed out and it shows a huge deficit?

    Perhaps the GOP needs to hammer home the message that this spending bill isn’t their baby, that it is almost entirely in the laps of the Democrats.  That would be tougher to argue if enough of their members vote for it, though…

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