Friday, January 24, 2014

low, lower, lowest

Nobody likes Congress anymore. Bob Gates called it "truly ugly," despite its strong support for almost everything in his defense budgets. He went on: "Uncivil, incompetent in fulfilling basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, think-skinned, often  putting self (and reelection) before country...."

The American public has record low approval ratings for Congress. Approval dipped into single digits in November 2013 and has now surged [at least as a percent of a percent] to 13%. [Obama's approval is also low but rebounding, now at 43%.]

Now comes the most discouraging news of all. A new Gallup poll finds record low support for "reelecting your own congressman" regardless of views of Congress as a whole. Only 46% of respondents are willing to do that. It used to be that the public had a low opinion of the institution but support for their own representative. I guess the ebbing tide is sinking all the ships. Maybe this foreshadows another wave election.

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