Disapproval of Congress Hits All Time High of 84%
Americans are more upset with political leadership than ever before
By Paul Joseph Watson
Disapproval of Congress has hit an all time record high of 84% according to a Gallup poll released today, barely a week after pollster Pat Caddell warned that a dramatic loss of confidence in the country’s leadership meant Americans were now “pre-revolutionary”.
“Americans have usually not held Congress in high regard, but currently they have a more negative view of the institution than any other time Gallup has measured,” states the report, noting that the disapproval figure stood at 77% last time Americans were polled on the issue in early July.
Approval of Congress, which stands at just 6 per cent according to Rasmussen, is measured by Gallup at 13 per cent, tying the all time historic low reached in December 2010, but the disapproval figure of 84 per cent is one percentage point higher than last December’s figure.
Disenchantment with Congress is mirrored by President Obama’s ailing approval rating, which also fell to an all time low of 40% in recent days.
Anger at both Obama and Congress at their inability to offer genuine long-term solutions to the debt crisis and the country’s economic decline has left many Americans fearful that rioting and unrest could ensue. Almost half of all Americans believe that government austerity measures will lead to civil unrest on a scale recently seen in London, according to a new Rasmussen survey.
By every measurement, Americans are finally beginning to realize that the two party system has failed them because both establishment Republicans and establishment Democrats have completely abrogated their duty to uphold the constitution in favor of pleasing Wall Street and special interests in Washington.
This is why 2012 is perfectly primed for Congressman Ron Paul, the only presidential candidate who has stuck to sound money principles. Paul’s voting record proves that he is the only Republican candidate who will attempt to change the status quo that has left America in financial ruin.
Polls show that Ron Paul has the best chance out of any of the Republican candidates of beating Obama in 2012.
Now that the establishment media has brazenly admitted its deliberate policy to denigrate, sideline and ignore Ron Paul, it is once again left to the grass roots to educate other Americans about how Paul is the last hope for the United States if it wishes to maintain its status as the leading economic superpower of the world.
Poll after poll has found that Americans are extremely disillusioned with the federal government, regardless of their political affiliation, after the president signed an agreement over the federal debt ceiling and budget deficit.
According to a Washington Post poll released on Wednesday, just 21 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way the country’s political system is working, down 17 points from November 2009. Forty-five percent of Americans now consider themselves "very dissatisfied" and 33 percent consider themselves "mostly dissatisfied."
Additionally, just 26 percent of Americans believe that the federal government can actually solve the country's economic problems, down 21 points from October 2010 and down 37 points from February 2002.
President Barack Obama signed a debt ceiling deal into law in the beginning of August. The legislation raised the debt ceiling until 2013 and cut the federal deficit by about $2.1 trillion over a 10-year period. The two-stage agreement, which was criticized by both tea party lawmakers and progressive Democrats, passed by a vote of 269 to 161 in the House and a vote of 74 to 26 in the Senate.
A record breaking 82 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released just days after the president and lawmakers agreed on the deal.
The poll found 72 percent disapproved of how the Republicans in Congress handled the debate, and 66 percent of Americans disapproved of how the Democrats handled it. Forty-seven percent disapproved of Obama's handling of the situation, while 46 percent approved.
Americans are not just upset how the issue was handled, a majority of Americans have a negative opinion of the debt ceiling deal itself.
Sixty-two percent of Americans think the debt ceiling deal benefits the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday.
After passing legislation that is so widely disliked, lawmakers in the House of Representatives left most of their constituents disgruntled. A majority of Americans don't believe their own member of Congress deserves to be reelected.
A CNN/ORC poll released on Tuesday found only 41 percent said the lawmaker who represents their Congressional district deserved reelection. It was the first time in CNN polling history that the figure had dropped below 50 percent.
Robert Blendon, a public opinion and polling expert at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, told Raw Story that the debt ceiling deal could be "Katrina" for incumbents in 2012.
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CNN Poll: Time to clean house in Congress?
CNN Political Unit
Washington (CNN) – Need more evidence that Americans are extremely angry at Congress?
Well, here you go: According to a new national survey, for the first time ever most Americans don't believe their own member of Congress deserves re-election.
Read full results (pdf).
And the CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday also indicates that while Republicans may have had the upper hand in the recent battle over raising the debt ceiling, they appear to have lost a lot of ground with the public and the party's unfavorable rating is now at an all time high.
Only 41 percent of people questioned say the lawmaker in their district in the U.S. House of Representatives deserves to be re-elected - the first time ever in CNN polling that that figure has dropped below 50 percent. Forty-nine percent say their representative doesn't deserve to be re-elected in 2012. And with ten percent unsure, it's the first time that a majority has indicated that they would boot their representative out of office if they had the chance today.
"That 41 percent, in the polling world, is an amazing figure. Throughout the past two decades, in good times and bad, Americans have always liked their own member of Congress despite abysmal ratings for Congress in general," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Now anti-incumbent sentiment is so strong that most Americans are no longer willing to give their own representative the benefit of the doubt. If that holds up, it could be an early warning of an electorate that is angrier than any time in living memory."
As for all members of Congress, the poll indicates only a quarter of the public says most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.
A lot of that anger seems directed toward the GOP. According to the survey, favorable views of the Republican party dropped eight points over the past month, to 33 percent. Fifty-nine percent say they have an unfavorable view of the Republican party, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when the question was first asked.
The poll indicates that views of the Democratic party, by contrast, have remained fairly steady, with 47 percent saying they have a favorable view of the Democrats and an equal amount saying they hold an unfavorable view.
"The Democratic party, which had a favorable rating just a couple of points higher than the GOP in July, now has a 14-point advantage over the Republican party," adds Holland.
The same pattern holds for the parties' leaders in Congress. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the chamber, have never had great numbers, but the public's view of them have remained essentially unchanged in the wake of the debt ceiling debate. But House Speaker John Boehner's favorable rating has dropped 10 points, and his unfavorable rating is up to 40 percent, a new high for him. On the Senate side, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn't faring much better - his unfavorable rating is 39 percent, a seven-point increase since July.
The poll indicates that Americans' views of the tea party movement have also turned more negative, with 51 percent saying they have a negative view of the two-year-old limited government and anti-tax grassroots movement, with favorable ratings dropping from 37 percent down to 31 percent. Freshman House Republicans elected with major support from tea party activists were instrumental in keeping any tax increases out of the agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International on August 5-7, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey was conducted both before and after Friday night's downgrading of the country's credit rating by Standard and Poor's. The poll's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.