How’s That Democrat Congress Doing?

Um, woops?

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.

Remind me who is running the show in the vaunted halls of Congress?

Meanwhile, the latest poll has President Bush at 30% approval.

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13 Responses to “How’s That Democrat Congress Doing?”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Sorry Teach the poll that you cite was not for the Democratic Congress it was for how both parties were rated. However if you bothered to check the Gallup poll they do have a recent poll which shows the Dmocrats as having a commanding 11% lead over the Republicans in who they would like to be represented by. Teach do you expect the Republicans to gain seats in teh next election ??? if so then say it

  2. manbearpig says:

    Again johnny-cakes, the topic is congressional approval, and you manage to talk about something else. kudos.

  3. manbearpig says:

    a 9 is pretty good…. if you are using a 10 scale.

  4. John Ryan says:

    Somehow ,mmanbearpig the topic seems to have changed from congressional approval to Democratic approval and as I posted the Democrats have a MUCH higher approval ratings than the republicans. The Democrats are very fortunate for them to be elected they do not have to be great or even good, they only have to not be Republican. I look for the democrats to pick up another 10-15 seats in the House and 5 seats in the Senate. Mabearpig how do you see the upcoming election ? do you see the Republicans doing well ? Most Americans see the Congress as not being effective because of the opposition of George Bush and the minority party’s threat of a fillibuster. Both will be dealt with in November.

  5. John Ryan says:

    Manbearpig quit watching and trying to learn something from cartoons. Instead perhaps you should actually read the link back and take a look at that poll. 45% said that Congress was doing a fair or better and Teach come on why not admit that 45% saying fair or better is pretty good, certainly better than Bush’s numbers

  6. John, who is the majority party in Congress?

    When it was the GOP, you folks on the left blamed the GOP for low ratings. Now that the Dems are in charge, you still want to blame the GOP, despite the Dems being even worse. Hey, I blame the GOP when they were in charge. Mostly.

  7. John Ryan says:

    The majority party in Congress is the Democratic party. This is also the party who has the greatest popular support by the relevant Gallup poll
    I fully expect the American people to again elect more Democrats and fewer Republicans in the next election. I expect the Democrats to pick up another 10 seats in the House and 5 seats in the Senate. The Democrats don’t have to be great or even good to be elected, as long as their only opponents are Republicans
    The difference is that both before when the Republicans were in charge nadnow when the Democrats are in charge the approval ratings for the Democrats in Congress were always higher than for the Republicans in Congress well at least for the last 6 years

  8. Stacy says:

    Seriously John, you need a hobby. The places you turn up. Tisk, tisk, tisk. Do you have a job or are you living in your momma’s basement? Hell, I work part-time and don’t have the time to troll like you do.

  9. John Ryan says:

    Stacy I am 60 years old my mother died in 1986. I have lived at 924 West end Ave in NYC for about 4 years before that I lived and fished commercially as well as worked as a shipwright on Martha’s Vineyard. I currently drive a truck I work 3 or 4 13.5 hour shifts If you would like any more information just ask. Perhaps you would like to see a vid of the truck it is a trivision

  10. manbearpig says:

    John, what do i see for the upcoming election? I see the Republicans doing well, at least where I live, and that is really all I can effect. I can’t do much about how someone in Nebraska is going to cast his lot. And I should add that the “national” politicians don’t really give a rip about you and what you think unless you are from their district. In the past I have contacted the offices of Tom Daschle and Nancy Pelosi to voice my concern over issues and was promptly “poo-poohed”. So where I am, it will be pretty much status quo. I don’t predict any change. Nationally, the democrats may gain seats, but again, I can’t affect that.

    As far as interpreting polls, saying that the approval rating is 45% when you add in “fair” is like saying that 90% of a class passed when there may have been 50% of them with a grade of “D”. And Teach is right, you can’t have it both ways. If the Dems are in charge, then they’ll get the blame, the same way I blame the Republicans for not doing more to fix this country when they were the majority party for the first six years of the Bush Presidency.

    What I do think is that the Democrats are putting their interests before the interests of the country by essentially doing absolutely NOTHING for the past two years except blocking President Bush’s judicial nominees. What are they (the Dems) going to do to fix social security and the problems we will be facing in the next 10 years? The way it stands now taxes will have to skyrocket in order to fix those problems, and the Congress would rather not address it. They’ll sit on their hands hoping that they will win the presidency and then tax the economy into oblivion even worse than what we saw in the late 70’s under Carter. You asked, and that is what I think. So 9% approval is not a stretch.

  11. John Ryan says:

    When I was in school a “D” was not considered “fair” it wasconsidered POOR. Equating the poll respondents who gave “fairly well” as their response to a “D” is really a stretch. Your views on what will happen to our country after Nov are in the minority. Most Americans do not agree with you. As for how bad the economic problems will be in 10 years, well I do know that they went down hill really fast from 2000-2008 with the value of the dollar dropping 40% more than any other factor the election will be determined by the state of the economy and Americans will not be blaming Congress for that mess. Privitization of social security is not even mentioned now because the stock market adjusted for inflation as lost money during the Bush years. And that isn’t even including the 40% devaluation of the dollar.

  12. manbearpig says:

    Unless it has changed in the 11 years since I graduated college, “D” is a passing grade.

    But back to the point, show me ONE thing that Congress has accomplished since 2006 when the Democrats took over that has moved this country forward and would warrant higher than a 9% approval rating.

  13. John Ryan says:

    Please go back and reread the reponses in the Rasmussen poll you will see that 45% give Congress fair good or excellent rating
    When I went to school C stood for fair D for barely passing.
    Name one thing that the Democrats have accomplished in Congress ? They cancelled the Bridge to Nowhere appropriation. How did your Reps vote on that one ? They also passed FISA yesterday and funded the Wars. As for increasing taxes? Look we have had a long and expensive war would you rather pay for it with taxes or borrow the money from the Chinese and let our kids pay for it later ? Look what happened to the deficit under the Republicans, do you think the deficit is something other than an unfunded tax ?

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