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. – Rasmussen Reports
it is ironic that we keep hearing about President Bush’s admittedly dismal approval rating, but it is more than 3 times higher than Congress’s! Both statistics really beg the question, why do we have such a low opinion of the people we elected? Or the even bigger question; what are we going to do about it? I can see an approval rating of below half, because in most areas it isn’t much more than half that vote for either party, but when approval is falling below 10%, something is seriously wrong. Maybe 2006 was just a huge mistake, and thinks will be corrected. Maybe there are a lot of people that think it didn’t go far enough. Maybe not enough good people run. Maybe we are so used to “any way you want it” that we have lost the perspective that a whole country cannot work that way, and we are simply mad that we can’t get a government that is custom tailored to us personally.
What worries me about this is the number of people who seem to have just given up on the whole process. When voter turnout is as low as it is, maybe not much more than 9% actually voted for the people that are in Congress.
Hat tip John Lott