Gallup: Congress hits rock bottom

posted at 10:10 am on August 21, 2007 by Allahpundit

18%, down nine points since mid-July, 14 points lower than Bush’s own numbers right now, and matching the lowest approval rating they’ve had since they started polling 1974. Their disapproval rating? 76%.

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What accounts for the sharp drop in the past four weeks? The public has known for months not to expect any action on Iraq until September; besides, there’s actually been some good news to report. The shamnesty debacle was over by the end of June so that would have shown up in the last poll, not this one. The Democrats caving to Bush on FISA annoyed the nutroots but I doubt it bothered the Democratic establishment enough to force an almost double-digit drop. What can explain it? Earmarks? It can’t be earmarks. Whatever it is, though, it’s bugging the left, not the right:

The nine-point drop in Congress’ job approval rating from last month to this month has come exclusively from Democrats and independents, with Democrats’ ratings dropping 11 points (from 32% to 21%) and independents’ ratings dropping 13 points (from 30% to 17%). Republicans’ 18% approval rating is unchanged from last month.

The worse their numbers get, the more pressure Reid and Pelosi will feel to dig in on Iraq next month to get them back up. The last thing the Democrats want is to have to spend money that should be going towards defeating Republicans next year on defeating primary challengers instead. Bush’s best chance to temper their recalcitrance was to make enough progress on the surge before September to swing public opinion significantly on the war, but that hasn’t happened:

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Next month’s going to be a rough one.


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Congress just doesn’t get it!
If they would get their heads out of their rectums for a few minute an get a little fresh air, they might come to their senses.

Americans want;
Strong military
Lower Taxes
Less Government
More Freedom
Secured Borders
Fair trade practices.
Less corruption
No illegal immigration
And allot more
Michelle Malkin

TheSitRep on August 21, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Bush’s best chance to temper their recalcitrance was to make enough progress on the surge before September to swing public opinion significantly on the war, but that hasn’t happened:

Wonder if there is a more recent poll than one from Aug 5?

bnelson44 on August 21, 2007 at 10:19 AM

The 110th has been a do-nothing Congress, and all the critters are back in their districts taking a break from the non-stop WH harassment campaign that was sustaining their poll numbers. And probably getting the heat turned around on them at home.

RushBaby on August 21, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Sounds wonderful to me. Can we get her to run for President?

Texas Nick 77 on August 21, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Next month’s going to be a rough one.

Next up:
Harry Reid’s self esteem to hit an all time low [checking his scowl meter in mirror] prepares himself for a spitting contest.

Next step: Mirror image indiscernible, therefore he goes back to Senate floor.

Mcguyver on August 21, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Oops. Missed the quote:

And allot more
Michelle Malkin

TheSitRep on August 21, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Texas Nick 77 on August 21, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Mcguyver on August 21, 2007 at 10:25 AM

I would have thought that Reid’s reflection was not visible in a mirror.

RushBaby on August 21, 2007 at 10:26 AM

CAST YOUR VOTE
Chicago Tribune Poll

Should Elvira Arellano have been arrested for breaking U.S. immigration law?

Yes (21061 responses)
91.4%
No (1971 responses)
8.6%
Should a church building provide sanctuary from the law?

Yes (4058 responses)
17.8%
No (18788 responses)
82.2%
Arellano’s 8-year-old son is a U.S. citizen. Should that make a difference in how her deportation case is handled?

Yes (5479 responses)
23.9%
No (17448 responses)
76.1%
Regardless of your personal feelings, do you think Arellano’s case will generate so much sympathy and passion among her supporters that she’ll become the Rosa Parks of the immigrant rights movement?

Yes (3666 responses)
16.0%
No (19261 responses)
84.0%

CAST YOUR VOTE
LA Times poll

What do you think of the case of Elvira Arellano? The illegal immigrant from Mexico was deported late Sunday. Should she have been deported?

70.3%
Yes. She broke the law.
22.0%
No. She should not be separated from her son.
7.7%
Doesn’t matter. This feels like a publicity stunt.
1942 total responses
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DfDeportation on August 21, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Hillary, who will be the democrat nominee in 2008, has announced the surge is working. That would get a good moonbat down.

Blake on August 21, 2007 at 10:29 AM

RushBaby on August 21, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Riiiight…. not after spitting contest! ;)

Mcguyver on August 21, 2007 at 10:30 AM

I see polls like the last one AP quotes, and the question to me is what’s the depth of the opinion. A lot of people could be saying, “Yeah, I guess April is a good month to pull people out,” but it’s not like the average American has a set date in his or her head based on hard data.

frankj on August 21, 2007 at 10:32 AM

i truly believe that the Dumbs (because they are in charge)feel they are doing a good job.

of course, that shows the mindset they have when it comes to having their fingers on the pulse of America.

they don’t care. the don’t care to listen, just as Congress did with immigration.

madmonkphotog on August 21, 2007 at 10:37 AM

“Do you favor or oppose removing all . . . except for a limited number . . . .”

How do you answer a question like that without knowing what the number is? There’s a “limited number” of troops in Iraq now!

The Monster on August 21, 2007 at 10:45 AM

our crap politics. Right?

We get the government we deserve.

lorien1973 on August 21, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Any political party that is championed by the likes of KOS, Code Pink, Jane Fonda, Cindy Sheehan and the rest of their ilk, deserves their current approval ratings. And of course the party’s fearless leaders Reid and Pelosi also have made a significant contribution to these ratings.

rplat on August 21, 2007 at 10:47 AM

It’ll be interesting to see how much lower these numbers can go when the September progress report from Iraq is more positive than the Democrats want (it sickening that we’ve come to that) and pulling out of Iraq was huge to getting them back in the majority in Congress.

Yakko77 on August 21, 2007 at 10:47 AM

With leaders like hairy reed and nancybotox pilosi…what do you suspect…politize…obstruct…mislead…no ideas…no plan…winning not their adjenda…about three months ago hairy declared the war lost…

Who respects these morons…???

areseaoh on August 21, 2007 at 10:56 AM

I assume the low approval numbers for Congress stem from the fact that they have accomplished exactly nothing for their base. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Why Dem voters are only just now realizing the impotence of the Democratic Revolution they elected in 2006, I’m not sure. But the perception that Dems in Congress appear to be letting Bush run all over them regarding Iraq would be my guess. I think perhaps many Dems want Congress to be insisting that we pull out TODAY, regardless of Petraeus’s report. Waiting for the report as Bush requested seems passive and weak to them, perhaps? Not sure, but that’s my best guess.

On one hand, I enjoy the Dem’s low approval rating and resulting discomfiture very much. But on the other hand, it means they’ll probably be even stupider about the Iraq report than they would otherwise be in an effort to appease Dem voters.

What I really don’t get is how the nation can be so deeply and profoundly dissatisfied with the Democrat-led Congress and yet the majority consistently respond to generic Republican-or-Democrat poll questions by saying they’d choose the Democrat by default because they’re “leaning left” these days. Obviously Bush and Republican scandals from the 06 election are still dragging Republicans down, but what the heck do these voters see in the Democrats that’s any better?! It makes no sense to me. They like the Dems in Congress even less than they like Bush, but they want to give the Dems even more seats in Congress to squander and they want to put a Dem in the White House. Mind boggling.

aero on August 21, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Will we get the congress back in ’08 if these numbers hold?

countywolf on August 21, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Will we get the congress back in ‘08 if these numbers hold?

countywolf on August 21, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Only if we can get some honestly conservative candidates to run. If it’s nothing but a bunch of RINO’s like we have so many of running for POTUS then I really don’ t see too much reason to get excited about ’08 for.

Yakko77 on August 21, 2007 at 11:04 AM

I’m going to take a different view on this. The high disapproval rating is actually a good sign — and the Founding Fathers would’ve liked that way. How so?

Well, a high disapproval rating means that not much is getting done legislatively, which in the Founders’ eyes would be a positive. While this can hinder good laws from being passed, it stops the bad legislation as well — including any and all bad legislation passed for good intentions. As the truism goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions…

The bottom line is ‘Gridlock is Good’ and that’s the way our Constitutional Republic was intentionally designed.

eanax on August 21, 2007 at 11:05 AM

Next month’s going to be a rough one.

You mean for the left, right? That poll you keep posting is silly. We’ve got this now.

Stankleberry on August 21, 2007 at 11:05 AM

A) They have not changed the national anthem to “Give Peace A Chance”

B) They have not dumped the American war flag for the homosexual rainbow flag.

C) They have not put an iron mask on The President and tossed him in a dark dungeon.

D) They are getting behind the right wing,Methodist, warmongering Pig in a Pantsuit.

They are war criminals, The Man, Fat Cats…..
Therefore, they must all face Madam Guillotine and make room for the even more insane Leftist candidates.

Hening on August 21, 2007 at 11:16 AM

It’s playing out exactly like I told a lib co-worker of mine back when the “revolution” happened. He was all giddy with the Democrat take-over and gushing about how New Hampshire is “now a blue state” (he’s a gun owner, so I don’t know why he was so happy about NH allegedly being a blue state).

I told him to hold off on popping the champaign just yet. The Dems won because of exactly three things – disgust with Bush, disgust with Republican scandals, and running a bunch of Blue Dogs to the right of their Republican opponents.

I also said that come January the Dems need to start actually governing instead of doing the then six-year-old screed of Bush saying the sky’s blue, and them saying “NO! IT’S RED!!” or else it would be the shortest-lived Congressional Majority in history. If they didn’t change their tactics, I said, then their approval rating will be in the dumper and they’ll be handing the Republicans back the Congress in ’08, and probably the WH too.

So far I’m right. The Dems:
1) Have committed MASSIVE voter fraud by running conservitive Democrats in order to put Pelosi, Reid, and their ilk in power.
2) Haven’t changed their tactics from the obstruction of pre-majority.
3) Their approval rating is beyond the dumper, and is now officially in the crapper. I honestly didn’t think their approval rating would get this low.

Hopefully I get the rest of it right. And hopefully the GOP decides to run some real conservatives this time.

crazy_legs on August 21, 2007 at 11:28 AM

a bit off topic, but I gotta share this one:

“Citizen Sacrifices Life to Thwart Bomber”

“He could have run behind us or away from us, but he made the decision to sacrifice himself to protect everyone. Having talked with his father, I was told that even if he would have known the outcome before hand, he wouldn’t have acted differently.”
Capt. Brian Gilbert, of Boise, Idaho, the commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, currently attached to 3-1 Cavalry, echoed Kane’s sentiment.

“I spoke with the father,” Gilbert said. “He said he has no remorse in his son’s death because he died saving American Soldiers.”

http://northshorejournal.org/index.php/2007/08/citizen-sacrifices-life-to-thwart-bomber

bnelson44 on August 21, 2007 at 11:29 AM

Looks like the good news isn’t getting out:

W. Thomas Smith Jr.: ‘U.S. Media Curtail Iraq War Coverage: Study’

bnelson44 on August 21, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Everytime Hillary runs around touting her record in congress…this is what she gets.

The people are tired of insiders, that is why they picture Rudy as one of the only outsiders, a maverick.

Fred an insider, Mitt the consummate insider, Hillary, McCain, Edwards, etc. all insiders. Newt, may be able to shake away, Obama an insider, but trying to market as an independent thinker. The problem is, he speaks like an insider.

If Rudy can distance himself from Washington, he may be able to wrap this up…not hope’in, just comment’in.

right2bright on August 21, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Well, maybe NH has become a blue state. THIS New Hampshire voter has not become blue. And I predict that sooner or later the real New Hampshire voter will wake up and see that they’ve been duped by the Dems. and are in danger of becoming another Massachusetts. The only reason NH is blue is the one issue of the Iraq War.

jeanie on August 21, 2007 at 12:02 PM

I see polls like the last one AP quotes, and the question to me is what’s the depth of the opinion. A lot of people could be saying, “Yeah, I guess April is a good month to pull people out,” but it’s not like the average American has a set date in his or her head based on hard data.

frankj on August 21, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Exactly. I’m sure the poll did not offer the response… “It depends on the circumstances.” And you can bet that response would have received the biggest number if it would have been offered. Polls are biased, they usually mean nothing.

Maxx on August 21, 2007 at 12:19 PM

As I said in another blog a few days ago: The military is doing a better job in Iraq than Congress is doing in America.

Perhaps the real answer is to get Congress out of this country before April of next year.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 21, 2007 at 12:40 PM

Well this chart finally convinces me that Anthropogenic Global Warming exists. :-)

Sergei on August 21, 2007 at 12:53 PM

I believe you have to sides to this poll. The first side is, liberals are sick of who they help put into power because no progress has been made towards getting the troops out of Iraq and Bush impeached.

The right is pissed off because we have liberals in government that have an open border, universal health care, and weak foreign policies. Democrats are for spending our money in earmarks and social programs, and are anti-iraq.

Conservative values work in this world.

Small Government
Strong military
Strong foreign policy
Anti Abortion
Capitalism/Open Markets
Fair trading
Anti-illegal immigration
Eliminate entitlements

msipes on August 21, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Whatever it is, though, it’s bugging the left, not the right

I wonder how much of that’s for Claire McCaskill. Man, has she been a pleasantly moderate surprise.

Tanya on August 21, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Gallup: Congress hits rock bottom

Appropriate for this story maybe the saying there’s no where to go from here than up. I’d prefer there’s no where to go from here but home. All of you, go home!!!

soulsirkus on August 21, 2007 at 1:20 PM

The only reason NH is blue is the one issue of the Iraq War.

I agree. NH voters drummed Jeanne Shaheen out of office for suggesting an income tax. People are far more conservitive up here than my co-worker thinks. I agree with you that the real NH will wake up sooner rather than later.

What really gets me is Mass transplants who come up here because they’re sick of Mass politics, but then vote exactly the same way. I know off topic…

crazy_legs on August 21, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Appropriate for this story maybe the saying there’s no where to go from here than up.

Not necessarily. There’s still 18 percentage points to go before zero.

crazy_legs on August 21, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Well, just to poke the Dems in the eye, I used the Bush daily Rasmussen number of 36% approval, so that makes him twice as popular as the Nancy Pelosi Congress.

Creative math, sure, but the libs love that stuff, so why not use it?

Nothing to gloat over, but what the GOP needs to do is start campaigning now and get the young faces out there on an aggressive platform of growth and strong national defense to contrast themselves against the weak, feckless tax-and-spend left.

JammieWearingFool on August 21, 2007 at 1:37 PM

Can you imagine a poll taken on June 7, 1944?
“Do you think American troops should be home by Christmas?”
Who would’ve opposed that?
Or on December 8, 1941:
“Should the U.S. concentrate on defeating Japan first? Or wait until Hitler is defeated?”
You can’t wage a war based on polling.
But I figure most commenters here know that.

billy on August 21, 2007 at 2:01 PM

The last thing the Democrats want is to have to spend money that should be going towards defeating Republicans next year on defeating primary challengers instead.

I wish I could find that news item that showed taxpayer money being used to fund GOP campaigns. I’ll look for it, but in the meanwhile I love hearing the rampant speculation of Republicans as to why the Democrats are showing less approval for Congress.

Nonfactor on August 21, 2007 at 3:32 PM

I love hearing the rampant speculation of Republicans as to why the Democrats are showing less approval for Congress.

Got a theory? Share it. If you think it’s Iraq, explain why it would drop nine points in a month when everyone knows the moment of truth is still a month away.

Allahpundit on August 21, 2007 at 3:35 PM

If you think it’s Iraq, explain why it would drop nine points in a month when everyone knows the moment of truth is still a month away.

Allahpundit on August 21, 2007 at 3:35 PM

Why the drop of nine points? Because some people aren’t willing to give Congress the benefit of the doubt when they say “we’ll bring the troops home.” If I was asked whether or not I approve of the job Congress is doing I’d say no specifically because of Iraq.

In real life politics isn’t a cookie-cutter thing. Not everybody is going to wait and see whether Congress really does anything about the war.

Nonfactor on August 21, 2007 at 3:42 PM

I know why Congress’ approval rating is so low. They spend all their time doing political witch hunts right before a Presidential Election, and don’t spend anytime actually doing their jobs, which is to pass laws that benefit the country. All the Congress has done in their eight months in charge was pass the minimum wage increase. That’s not going to cut it. You need to give America more than that.

SoulGlo on August 21, 2007 at 4:04 PM

All the Congress has done in their eight months in charge was pass the minimum wage increase.

SoulGlo on August 21, 2007 at 4:04 PM

Sometimes people like ignoring things; it makes them feel better. And your explanation (political witch hunts) doesn’t explain the large drop in approval from Democrats.

Nonfactor on August 21, 2007 at 4:06 PM

Gallup: Congress hits rock bottom

Appropriate for this story maybe the saying there’s no where to go from here than up. I’d prefer there’s no where to go from here but home. All of you, go home!!!

soulsirkus on August 21, 2007 at 1:20 PM

Naw… with an 18% approval rating, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the congress-critters can drop another 17%…

Jonas Parker on August 21, 2007 at 4:28 PM

They deserve it!

congsan on August 21, 2007 at 4:57 PM

They devoted all their resources to winning Congress that they never formulated what they would do if they won. As Kos once said the Democrats are non-ideological.

aengus on August 21, 2007 at 11:16 PM

All the Congress has done in their eight months in charge was pass the minimum wage increase. That’s not going to cut it. You need to give America more than that.

SoulGlo on August 21, 2007 at 4:04 PM

I think you could apply the same logic to the six years of Republican majority and see why 06 went the way it did.

Bradky on August 22, 2007 at 12:22 AM