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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Did we really need Gallup to tell us this?

They can blame Iraq or Santa Claus or any damn thing they want, but the fact is this Democratically controlled congress sucks.

Gallup is simply the latest in a long line of polls that shows the American people dislike the way Congress is being run.

More unpopular than the Republican controlled congress last term, in FACT, more unpopular than ANY Congress in the history of Gallup.

Nice Going guys.

Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.

This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973. The previous low point for Congress was 18% at several points in the period of time 1991 to 1994.

Congress is now nestled at the bottom of the list of Gallup's annual Confidence in Institutions rankings, along with HMOs. Just 15% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in HMOs. (By way of contrast, 69% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military, which tops the list. More on this at on Thursday).

It’s worth remembering that Congress is basically nothing more than a mechanism for the representation of the people’s wishes. We all can’t go to Washington. So we elect men and women and send them off in our stead. It’s not an optimal situation, it seems to me, when such a low percentage of average Americans have confidence in this system.

Generally speaking, Americans have been skeptical about Congress for decades now. But the current 14% confidence rating for Congress is down from 19% last year and is the lowest in Gallup’s history, surpassing the 18% confidence in Congress measured in 1991, 1993 and 1994.

Guess what members of Congress?

The country has more confidence and higher approval ratings for President Bush than they do YOU.... put that in your pipe and smoke it and try doing your damn job instead of thinking you were elected to run the country.


[Update] 6/21/07- More analysis from Instapundit.

[Update #2] Newsweek has the President's poll numbers up and in showing that they are low, they barely mention the fact that the president's numbers are almost DOUBLE in aaproval ratings than Congress and still 5 points over the Senate Majority leaders, Harry "Baghdad" Reid, number of 19% approval.