Wednesday, May 16, 2007
New polls out this week show that the Downie-controlled Congress is becoming more and more unpopular with all segments of the American people. Why? It is hard for one answer, but this is the basis for the low numbers: The Left is fed up that the Downies can't surrender in Iraq fast enough, while the Right and Independents are fed up with the dithering over the funding of our troops. Further, all sides find that the Downies have not done one thing in their four months in control.
Here is the answer for this: the Republican Presidential nominee in 2008 should run against the "do-nothing Congress" and people will agree.
Congress Approval Down to 29%; Bush Approval Steady at 33%
A new Gallup Poll finds continued low levels of public support for both Congress and President George W. Bush. Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Congress, down slightly from last month's reading (33%) and this year's high point of 37%, while Bush's approval rating is holding steady at 33%. Both the ratings of Congress and the president are slightly lower than their respective 2007 averages. Approval ratings of Congress are higher among Democrats than Republicans, while Bush's ratings are much higher among Republicans.
Congressional Job Approval
According to the May 10-13, 2007, Gallup Poll, 29% of Americans approve and 64% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional approval is down 4 percentage points since last month, and is 3 points lower than the 32% average measured during the first five months of the year. The high point for the congressional approval rating so far this year was the 37% approval measured in February. Although ratings are quite low, Americans have been more positive in their assessments of Congress this year than last year, when an average of just 25% approved of Congress.
The media barely mentions this. When Bush is at 33%, it becomes the top story for liberal media types. When Congress is down to 29%, the story is deemed not important enough to discuss.
Wait until a few months from now when the Congress is at 20% approval. Now that will be funny as hell.