by Albert N. Milliron
One year before the 2012 election, Congressional Job approval remains at all time lows. Gallup who tracks approval ratings for Congress show a graph that contains approval ratings for 2011. Had one gone back to 2009, following the Healthcare bill and the Stimulus package, approval ratings were at 13% as well despite the Former Speaker going on the Daily Show and declaring that the good ole days when she lead up the House, “our approval ratings were at 40%“. We here at Politisite are still looking for that Gallup Poll. Truth is, no matter how she tries to spin it, She did not enjoy an approval rating of 40% after she became speaker. Factually, Congress had a bump shortly after President Obama took office. Once they began legislating, their poll ratings began to tank to all time lows.
Congressional job approval remains at 13% in November, identical to October and tying the all-time Gallup low on this measure. The 2011 average is on track to be the lowest annual rating of Congress in Gallup’s history.
The trend on this measure has been at or near record lows for the last four months, with ratings of 13% in August, 15% in September, and 13% in each of the last two months. (Source: Gallup)
If Congress is wondering the reasons approval is at all time lows, one can look to the CNN Poll that show Americans Doubt the “Super Committee” will accomplish little if nothing at all. The ultra-partisan Congress reminds the writer of the Alexander Hamilton the Federalist and Jefferson the Anti-Federalist. The contrast is that there was a respect for each other and they hammered out their differences much like Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil and President Ronald Reagan.
A more recent example of the opposition but ability to work together was current Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton. They did have their ultra-partisan moments and did have a government shut down, but they also worked together to make a divided government work.
Like 1995, the CNN poll says that Americans would blame the GOP over Democrats if the Super Committee fails.
And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday, one week before the panel’s November 23 deadline, also indicates that a plurality of the overall public, as well as crucial independent voters, would blame the Republicans more than the Democrats if no agreement’s reached. Full results (pdf)
Seventy-eight percent of people questioned in the survey say they think it is somewhat or very unlikely the committee will develop a plan to significantly reduce the federal budget deficit by November 23, with just over one in five saying it is likely a majority of the panel’s six Democrats and six Republicans will reach an agreement. (Source: CNN)
Fair or not, President Obama’s Demonetizing of the “Do Nothing” Republican Congress has worked. No matter that Republicans only control one House in Congress.
The other component of this mess, is that both sides now say that the whole “Automatic Cuts” are a farce as either side can step in and basically “Veto” the whole process.
The public is beginning to get the idea that Congress plays games. Neither side is serious about Balancing the budget or even getting spending under control.
The right will not allow Defense cuts or tax hikes and the left will not cut social programs or redundant Government agencies.