It appears that party affiliation has little to do with how the American people feel about how Congress has been performing. While Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers at each other, casting blame for their performance, the public is blaming both parties. A new poll by Monmouth University shows that public opinion of Congress is universally bad and that the blame was spread equally between both Democrats and Republicans. Three out of four Americans – about 76 percent – disapprove of the job Congress is doing. Only 14 percent approve of their actions. One would think that this would be a wake-up call for the leaders in both the House and Senate. But will it?
The numbers reflect the overall dissatisfaction with Congress, according to Patrick Murray, director of the New Jersey-based Monmouth University Polling Institute. He had this to say about the poll results:
Americans simply do not believe that Washington has been working on their behalf. Even though most of those polled are initially unaware of the party split in Congressional leadership, they don’t think that unified party control would make much of a difference when presented with this information. Not only is Congress broken, but most people seem to believe it is beyond repair.
Both chambers received low marks. Eighteen percent said the House was doing a better job, and 14 percent picked the Senate. The majority – 60 percent – said both houses performed about the same. The approval ratings fell along expected party lines, with more Republicans saying the House is doing a better job (32 percent) than the Senate (7 percent). Among Democrats, 20 percent said the Senate was doing a better job than the House (10 percent). Interestingly, the poll also found most people were unaware of what party controls which chamber. Forty-nine percent knew the House was controlled by Republicans, while 17 percent thought it was led by Democrats. Thirty-four percent didn’t know. Forty-five percent were aware that Democrats controlled the Senate. But 23 percent thought the GOP was in charge in the Senate. Thirty-two percent simply didn’t know what party was in control.
One would think that intelligent men and women serving in Congress would realize that the American people are fed up with their performance in the past few years. In fact, it shouldn’t take poll results to give them a wake-up call. Unfortunately, the overall dissatisfaction with Congress has given the Tea Party a great opportunity to have influence in upcoming Congressional elections. With all of their money, I suspect they will take full advantage of this opportunity. That’s pretty weird with a touch of irony when you consider that the Tea Party’s influence is largely responsible for Congress’ unpopularity!
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