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Title: Congressional Approval Falls to Single Digits for First Time Ever
Source: Rasmussen
URL Source: http://rasmussenreports.com/public_ ... ance/congressional_performance
Published: Jul 8, 2008
Author: Rasmussen
Post Date: 2008-07-08 12:20:33 by Horse
Keywords: None
Views: 14229
Comments: 15

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.

The percentage of Democrats who give Congress positive ratings fell from 17% last month to 13% this month. The number of Democrats who give Congress a poor rating remained unchanged. Among Republicans, 8% give Congress good or excellent ratings, up just a point from last month. Sixty-five percent (65%) of GOP voters say Congress is doing a poor job, down a single point from last month.

Voters not affiliated with either party are the most critical of Congressional performance. Just 3% of those voters give Congress positive ratings, down from 6% last month. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe Congress is doing a poor job, up from 57% last month.

Just 12% of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11% to 13% throughout 2008. The majority of voters (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation to improve life in America.

Voters hold little positive sentiment about the future. Just 41% find it at least somewhat likely that Congress will address important problems facing our nation in the near future, while 55% find this unlikely.

Despite these negative attitudes towards Congress, Democrats continue to enjoy a double digit lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

Most voters (72%) think most members of Congress are more interested in furthering their own political careers. Just 14% believe members are genuinely interested in helping people.

A separate Rasmussen survey found that half of all voters believe America’s best days are in the past. However, another survey found that 64% of voters also believe that the world would be a better place if more countries were similar to the United States.

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Poster Comment:

If we had a free and open press, the approval rate for Bush and the Congress would both be even lower than they are!!

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#3. To: Horse (#0)

"Bah...I agree; Congress is doing a terrible job. Fortunately, MY rep is the best of the lot, and I'll be voting for him again in November!" End result...97% incumbency re-election rate. Just watch.

who knows what evil  posted on  2008-07-08   13:51:30 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: who knows what evil, All (#3)

"Bah...I agree; Congress is doing a terrible job. Fortunately, MY rep is the best of the lot, and I'll be voting for him again in November!" End result...97% incumbency re-election rate. Just watch.

Pardon me for my obversation but you are a fucking duped idiot. A fucking duped idiot. Ninety seven percent of the voters according to your very own observation are fucking idiots too.

These fucking pricks pass laws that cause problems for the citizenry and then go around pandering for votes promising to fix the very problems they created just to get re-elected so they can once again pass laws that that cause problems and keep on getting the fucking dummies to re-elect them.

What a fucking piece of shit you are and you poor bastard don't even realize it along with 97% of the voters.

LACUMO  posted on  2008-07-08   17:34:39 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#14. To: LACUMO (#4)

Lac, please get a grip and stop hammering your fellows here.

This is unwarranted, and totally uncalled for.

We are, mostly, on the same page as are you.

All the turds should be turned out, save one or two of them.

Trust me, we get it.

Lod  posted on  2008-07-08   22:03:16 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

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#15. To: lodwick (#14)

All the turds should be turned out, save one or two of them.

Ron Paul and ?????

X-15  posted on  2008-07-08 23:48:25 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

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