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Does *anybody* like Congress these days? (Alternate headline: Bush is almost three times as popular as Congress)
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

From Yahoo News (via Drudge), we've got the latest poll ratings on Congress and the President. You thought the new low record of 14% for Congress was bad? It's now 11%.
Only 29 percent of Americans gave Bush a positive grade for his job performance, below his worst Zogby poll mark of 30 percent in March. A paltry 11 percent rated Congress positively, beating the previous low of 14 percent in July.
Bush doesn't look too good either, but 11%? Much lower and they'll be within the margin of error.

This election is going to be weird. There's a palpable sense that the citizenry is fed up with everybody in power. When that happens, there's no telling which way the ball will jump. Here's hoping it jumps towards more freedom.

***Update 2:55 PM CST ***

Commenter KMan found the headline I should have used. So I added it as an alternate.

 
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Here’s hoping it jumps towards more freedom.
Ha!
 
Written By: Luke
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The problem with polls about Congress is that everybody hates all the Congressmen but their own. I think my Congressman is a total jackass, but he wins with something approaching 75% every election. Now in ’08, I will agree that Reid-Pelosi have made it harder for the change voters to vote "D", but seriously, does anybody think it would be a good thing to have Mitch McConnell running the Senate or John Boehner running the House? This will just be another old your nose and hope for the best election.
 
Written By: Steven Donegal
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Taken at face value I would consider the low ratings for the Pelosi/Reid congress to be a positive sign about the maturity of the American people. Unfortunately, I suspect that the primary reason that the numbers are so aberrational is that, in additional to the reasonable people disapproving for reasonable reasons, we are seeing the MoveOn/NYT/Kos crowd disapproving because congress has not withdrawn our troops from Iraq yet.
 
Written By: Aldo
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With a sad sack like Harry Reid as majority leader and that ridiculously out of touch glassy-eyed San Francisco woman as speaker, there’s nothing surprising about 11% approval. I’m thinking that with no effort at all — i.e., hiding themselves from the public as much as they can — they can get it up to 15%.

With effort — i.e., showing themselves more often to the public — it could fall down close to the margin of error, such that it would be within striking distance of zero.

I have never seen a more miserable human being holding the Senate majority leader position. The only possibility of going south of Reid would be to make Schumer the leader, and I’m inclined to think that the downward trajectory of the Democrat’s choices makes that a possibility. Reid makes Daschle look like a statesman and Daschle made George Mitchell look like a statesman, and though it’s a thankless and theoretically impossible task, I think that Schumer might be able to make Reid look like a statesman.

There’s something of a triumph for relativism in this declension.

You couldn’t do worse than these people if you had hip-hop artists in the leadership, and give the Democrats enough time and they will.

 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
"Here’s hoping it jumps towards more freedom."
How is that going to happen? Significant majorities don’t vote for anyone but Republicans and Democrats. Unless a new breed of these start running for office, nothing is going to change until crisis forces change.



 
Written By: Grimshaw
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The problem with polls about Congress is that everybody hates all the Congressmen but their own.
Bingo.
 
Written By: Crusader
URL: http://www.coalitionoftheswilling.net/
Steven Donegal writes:
The problem with polls about Congress is that everybody hates all the Congressmen but their own.
Well, it’s a start.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
URL: http://mcphillips.blogspot.com/
Here’s hoping it jumps towards more freedom.
Indeed. I welcome your vote for the democratic candidates.
 
Written By: Retief
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I welcome your vote for the democratic candidates.
Gee Retief, taxes aren’t freedom, neither is government mandated healthcare, or having to use the civil defense drill skills because AlQaeda gets a free ride "over there" so they attack us here.

As far as freedom goes, the Dems are a non-starter.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
URL: http://tomdperkins.blogspot.com/
Here’s hoping it jumps towards more freedom.
Indeed. I welcome your vote for the democratic candidates.
Sounds like your definition of freedom is not very close to mine. At least, not unless there are some Democratic candidates out there I’ve never heard from. It’s true that most of the GOP candidates suck at understanding freedom. However, as best as I can tell, *all* of the Democratic candidates suck at understanding freedom.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
URL: http://qando.net
So this means that Bush is almost three times as popular as Congress?
 
Written By: KMan
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Actually as the predicted outcome gets lower the margin of error decreases regardless of the sample size(since you can’t have a negative margin of error). ;-)
 
Written By: Sean
URL: http://www.myelectionanalysis.com
So this means that Bush is almost three times as popular as Congress?


What I would give to see that headline in the paper tomorrow
 
Written By: AlexN963
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Billy-

Seeing that all wings of our establishment and leadership have pi**ed away their credibility and trust, I’m pretty sure that the next jump won’t be towards freedom.

They’re gonna jump towards the one who looks like they can deliver on something tangible the people want (health care or immigration reform or whatever) and that is probably not on the freedom side of the scale
 
Written By: shark
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The problem with polls about Congress is that everybody hates all the Congressmen but their own.
not me, I hate mine, but then that’s because it’s Sheila Jackson Lee.
 
Written By: kyleN
URL: http://impudent.blognation.us/blog
Indeed. I welcome your vote for the democratic candidates.
He was hoping for movement towards freedom, not away from it.
 
Written By: Don
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Judge Smails: .. he’s been club champion for three years running and I’m no slouch myself.

Ty Webb: Don’t sell yourself short Judge, you’re a tremendous slouch.
Congress still has so much potential.
I mean, we;re talking a new record. Single digits ahead.
 
Written By: Neo
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Congress: is it "this approval" or "dis-approval" ?
 
Written By: Neo
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Who is the 11%? The MoveOn/KOS crowd?

 
Written By: Sharpshooter
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