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Congressional Approval Rating Falls to 9%

Posted on Jul 8, 2008
Pelosi and Congress members
AP photo / Susan Walsh

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right, speaks at a Capitol Hill news conference on June 25. Also pictured are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.

President Bush hasn’t exactly been basking in the glow of Americans’ approval recently, according to those all-important poll numbers, and now he’s got some company at the bottom of the barrel. Rasmussen Reports finds that just 9 percent of American voters think Congress is doing a bang-up job, and the numbers fall even lower for respondents who don’t identify as either Republicans or Democrats.

Rasmussen Reports:

The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category.

Last month, 11% of voters gave the legislature good or excellent ratings. Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008.

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By sohbet, December 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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good work. thank you

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By jersey girl, July 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment

Inherit:  Wow, you’re right! Screw the democrats.. all of them (except kucinich)!


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By samosamo, July 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Watched the interview with congresswoman Barbara Lee and am very impressed with her stance and efforts. Wish I had her for my representative in my state but alas, it is the proverbial white boy club for senators and represenatives where I live.
And by the way, I used to like one of my senators but now I hope I will be the deciding vote in both their attempt to retain their position because I will sure put them in the unemployment line. Kinda like to fantasize like that.

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By cyrena, July 11, 2008 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

“... Whether or not I believe that isn’t important, because I wouldn’t vote for a republican if my life depended on it. Besides I’m happy with my rep and senators…”

Thanks for the post Louise. I’m with ya all the way. I too am pleased with one of my senators, (I started to say both..because I used to be, but that’s changed) and my own rep. Barbara Boxer and at least a handful of reps in my State are great. So, maybe that’s the reason for the ‘high’ 9% rating?

Anyway, I’m ‘showing off’ one of our reps here, because she has consistently worked for the people.

I posted this on another thread, but I think this one is even more appropriate.

Interview With Rep. Barbara Lee

Friday 11 July 2008

by: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Report

Barbara Lee (D-California) remains stoutly determined to drag her Congressional colleagues, as well as the Bush administration, away from continuing to support the long list of foreign and domestic policy decisions that have damaged the Unites States at home and abroad. In this video, she sits with William Rivers Pitt to discuss several of these issues in detail.

It’s even better that William Rivers Pitt is doing the interview. Made my day.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 11, 2008 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

ersey girl, July 9 at 3:42 pm #

I have a great senator in Lautenberg.  He is a true old school liberal. If we had more like him we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today.

Wanna bet?  When Clarence Thomas was approved by the US Senate he received 52 votes for, to 48 against. Democrats held a majority, so that SOB should never have been seated.  Who voted to confirm Clarence Thomas? Frank Lautenberg, that’s who.

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By jersey girl, July 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

I have a great senator in Lautenberg.  He is a true old school liberal. If we had more like him we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today.

Those dems that have kowtowed with their votes to the bush administration are accomplices in the slide into fascism. Those that voted for the fisa bill today are despicable constitution shredders.  The most notable of those is Obama. The so called leader of the democratic party at the moment.  Leaders like him will only lure us over the cliff.  Don’t be fooled.

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By samosamo, July 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

Kinda looks like House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is being goosed by that other congressional behind him, doesn’t it?

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By Pacrat, July 9, 2008 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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The first task of the new democratic president is to replace Pelosi and Reid - they are both gutless! And they project that to the members of Congress.

Even if the republicans are still in charge because of their momentum and deviousness over these many years, when will the democrats catch on. Republicans and democrats are now equally despised by the voters.

Vote the bums out!

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By PatrickHenry, July 9, 2008 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment

9%, I wonder why it is so high.

We are entering our 3rd general election cycle with diebold and ESS voting systems with paperless trails.

Many of my friends and myself plan to vote against Steny Hoyer and Barbara Mulkasi in the next election.

I recommend to all posters here to vote against all encumbents.  Send a message!

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By Inherit The Wind, July 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

For 2 years the Dim-o-squids have had a majority in both the House and Senate.  But just like a submissive dog, they STILL roll over and pee on themselves whenever BushCo says “Boo!”  Why, WHY, WHY???

How much of the worst of the worst have they actually rolled over on???

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By sophrosyne, July 9, 2008 at 9:56 am Link to this comment
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Democratic legislators are complicit with Bush.  But is that really a surprise?  Israel rules Congress with an iron hand, along with defense contractors and large oil interests.  Republicans and Democrats share the same paymasters as Nader has repeatedly pointed out. Follow the money.

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By Ed Harges, July 9, 2008 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

Of course, the corporate media will spin this as meaning that “the public wants the Democratic Congress to move toward the ‘center’ “, i. e., toward positions closer to the Bush’s, and “stop being obstructionist” so that Republicans can “get something done”.

Never mind that the public hates Bush and is angry at Congress for failing to stand up against him. Never mind that we hardly have a “Democratic” Congress with Joe Lieberman (Likud party, Israel) having the deciding “Democratic” vote in the Senate.

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By Louise, July 9, 2008 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

I am of the opinion polls don’t mean a whole lot.
But one picture is worth a thousand words!

The picture of Nancy speaks volumes. Gone is the bright and chipper face. Gone is the permanent smile. Gone is the radiating self confidence. Where did it go?

Out the back door, right along with all the broken promises.

But in all fairness, perhaps Nancy never did actually promise accountability. So maybe we were wrong when we believed a democrat House would restore Constitutional Law. And maybe some day it will. But, until there is accountability for blatant law breaking by political leaders, the feelings back home only become more bitter than ever. That sound you hear isn’t falling polls. That sound you hear is falling confidence in even a democrat majority.

The sad thing is they believe, Hoyer and Pelosi, their stubbornness will be seen as determination. But their excuse ... always an excuse ... for not holding this administration to account will be seen by most as a simple not wanting to. And when nobody wants to hold wrong doing to account, it’s not hard to believe that’s because they too, want to be free to engage in wrong doing.

Whether or not I believe that isn’t important, because I wouldn’t vote for a republican if my life depended on it. Besides I’m happy with my rep and senators. But I’m just one. Hoyer and Pelosi need to worry about the many who aren’t happy. Because for all their high sounding intentions, the one thing they have ignored completely is the voice of hundreds of thousands of people who want Impeachment. And if it’s to close to the end now ... it wasn’t in January of 2006. So in the final analysis, Hoyer and Pelosi may very well have thrown away the next election.

They play a game. And they play according to the numbers. And those numbers are based on years of political analysis by pundits and pollsters and hucksters. But, maybe those numbers just don’t add up anymore. To many just plain ordinary people, reading and watching and blogging. And that’s one bunch of numbers the “in place” politicians have failed to pay attention to.

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By David Model, July 9, 2008 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

The last eight years will be remembered as one of the bleakest periods in American history for lack of compliance with the constitution, abuse of executive power, virtual obliteration of the principles of separation of powers and balance among the three branches of government.

Separation of powers between the executive branch and judicial branch began in Florida in the 2000 election when the court rendered a recount of the vote there impossible after the electoral system failed disastrously.

Bush’s use of signing statements gave him virtually complete control over the legislative process when he decided what clauses he would implement and which ones he wouldn’t.  The refusal of Congress to take firm and effecacious action further nullified the legislative powers of Congress.

Abuse of the convention of executive privilege completely undermined the power of Congress to oversee the executive branch and the refusal of Congress to rectify the problem was tantamount to self-immolation.

Overshadowing all other attacks on democracy in America was the refusal of the House to launch impeachment proceedings against a President who probably committed more “high crimes and misdemeanors” than any other president.  Bush lied to Congress and the American people about the justification for the war against Iraq, authorized torture and illegal wiretappings and ran roughshod over the legislative branch of government.

Comparing impeachment charges against Clinton for lying about a sexual encounter in the Oval Office to the crimes of Bush will be cannon fodder for historians as long as there is a history of the United States.

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By Rabbit, July 9, 2008 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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My Democrat congressman is corrupt as they come (Mollohan, WV) and so is my senator (Jay Rockefeller).
If I were to vote for these guys I’d be just as bad as they are. You don’t think I’d vote for Jay do you? I hope not because I like to think of myself as a “moral” person and progressive.

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By Purple Girl, July 9, 2008 at 6:15 am Link to this comment

I’m guessing about the same number who know they are doing a shit job!
There are a number of Dems who will be lucky if they Only loss their jobs. Pelosi would look just as good in an Orange Jumpsuit and shackles as DICK!
As aLife Long Liberal Dem, I want to see numerous Dems Arrested and stand Trial for their complicty with this Administration, and their Corp & Foreign sponsors for Treason, War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity!
In fact I am so disgusted with the Dems, I hope Obama chooses Sen Chuck Hagel as VP- he has shown more common sense & Patriotism then most Dems of equal standing. both sides of Both Houses need to be disinfected!

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By blueshift, July 9, 2008 at 5:36 am Link to this comment

This is a red herring…and an u utterly worthless news item because it doesn’t publish the results of the next question (if they bothered to ask it): what is your opinion of your own Senator (or Congressperson) up for re-election this year.

Time and again, even when large percentages disapprove of Congress in general, they don’t believe the problem is their own senator or representative. It’s other peoples’ congressfolk that are the problem. Even if the Dems do gain some seats, there are still going to be a lot of incumbents re-elected despite the 9% number.

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By Mei Li, July 9, 2008 at 5:03 am Link to this comment
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CONGRESS DOESN’T CARE! If the electorate lacks the wisdom to toss these bozos out, it gets what it deserves. It’s time to give the congress and the presidency to the Republicans. They know what do do.

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By hippy pam, July 9, 2008 at 4:41 am Link to this comment

Now that THE “BULLSH*T” BUNCH is down to single digits…..CAN SOMEBODY JUST THROW THEM OUT???

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By cyrena, July 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

re:rcpmac, July 8 at 7:23 pm #

“When constituents are asked if they are happy with their congress person the overwhelming majority says yes! It’s always the other Guy!”


You’ve got a point here, which would tend to skew these types of polls. Same with Samosamo when there are so many ‘categories’.

And, I think the explanation is simple enough. For instance, I’m from a very large state, with lots of Representatives. California.

So, Pelosi is from California, and represents the worst of the worst. But, she is not MY district’s congress person, and so I had nothing to do with her being in the house, or the Speaker. At the same time, my own congress woman, is excellent, and we have a few others from California that are as well. Specifically Henry Waxman and Barbara Jackson Lee. Same goes for our Senators. Barbara Boxer is superb, but Diane Finestein, (who used to be acceptable) has now overstayed her presence in the Senate by two terms.

So, what it seems to boil down to, is the need for more Americans to become more knowledgeable of, and involved in the selection of their/our representatives. We’re seeing some success with that through Progressive Democrats of America, but I admit there’s still a long way to go, and we don’t have a lot of time. So if there’s a chapter of PDA in your area, get to them. Otherwise, start one.

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By Reubenesque, July 8, 2008 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment
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Like a Turd in a Churn

The SINate tomorrow will vote to slash our 4th amendment rights, let arBusto corp. off the hook from felony spying charges and grant immunity from lawsuits to the telcom monsters.

I hope I am wrong but the pundits say it will happen.

Remember July 9, 2008.  It is a watermark date in our descent from being a viable democracy.

I feel outrage and deep sorrow at the same time.

This country used to be a bastion of freedom and civil rights.  It has become a black hole of politics and greed.  Hell, sometimes I think we have traversed the wormhole already and are now in an alternate universe.  Ten years ago the notions of torture, unjust imprisonment, preemptive war and despotic leadership could not abide proximity, in my mind’s eye, to this country.  Now, second and third world countries eclipse our previously vaunted contributions to the human expreience.

I’m about ready to leave this clusterf**k of a country where ‘everyman’ has less value everyday.

Nicaragua maybe?  Only I’d probably soon find myself fighting my own Army Reserve son in defense of my new country.

The chances of my voting for my indumbent representative or senators (all Democrats) is approximately 0.0000000009%.  I’ll just leave those little boxes blank to my great satisfaction of exhibiting profound patriotism.

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By knute, July 8, 2008 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment
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I think its pretty clear to most americans that the current leadership is disfunctional at best. They have a republican administration that dosen’t even pretend to care about the constitution and yet they are too timid to stand up against any of their criminal behavior. This admioinistration dosen’t even pretend to play by the rules and yet, Pelosi and the rest flounder about, pretendind to play the role of the opposition while refusing from the git-go to even consider impeachment. Each day this criminal administration remains in power damages our future and yet..Its as if they have no idea of how a democracy should function,Pelosi and Hoyer need to be replaced by individuals who are interested in representig the people ( vs. corporate intests ) instead of whats left of their own political career.

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By rcpmac, July 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment

When constituents are asked if they are happy with their congress person the overwhelming majority says yes!
It’s always the other Guy!

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By samosamo, July 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

Well it is a poll that relies on excellent, great, good, fair, bad, poor and terrible which confuses the point for me. But I guess my interpretation would be that the 9% giving excellent ratings are the pricks that curry political favor and receive the earmarks and pork barrel money from congress, bought loyalty, illegitimate authority based on money.
And there in the picture is witch pelosi a major major contributor to the subversion of our government. I just hope everyone who will vote this november will remember to pay as close attention to their representatives and senators they will elect as their vote for president.
Get the majority of these incumbent clowns turned out and MAYBE, JUST MAYBE there would be a return to the oversight and accounting that so desparately needs to start up again.
But I am not going to hold my breath.

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