Gallup: Confidence in presidency takes a fall in past year

posted at 12:15 pm on July 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The lead Gallup chooses for their latest institutional confidence survey is that Americans have a low regard for Congress, which may have been breaking news a few decades ago.  Congress finishes dead last in the poll, with only 11% expressing significant confidence in the national legislature — a finding which should have Democrats worried about the upcoming midterms.  Congress dropped six points off of its, ahem, peak of 2009, but the biggest loser is on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, as PoliPundit notes:

Gallup’s 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year. Eleven percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008.

Underscoring Congress’ image problem, half of Americans now say they have “very little” or no confidence in Congress, up from 38% in 2009 — and the highest for any institution since Gallup first asked this question in 1973. Previous near-50% readings include 48% found for the presidency in 2008, and 49% for the criminal justice system in 1994.

This year’s poll also finds a 15-point drop in high confidence in the presidency, to 36% from 51% in June 2009. Over the same period, President Barack Obama’s approval rating fell by 11 points, from 58% to 47%. However, confidence in the presidency remains higher than in 2008 — the last year of George W. Bush’s term — when the figure was 26%.

Gallup doesn’t chart the presidential confidence level over the same period of time it does with Congress.  The highest Congressional level in the last 10 years was 30%, but it would be interesting to see how Bush fared in that same period.  Something tells me it took him a little longer to get down to 26% and on a gentler slope than the 15% drop in a year Obama has had.

There are a lot of ironies in this poll, but consider this.  Obama and Congress spent nine months overhauling the American health care system to rid us of Tonsil Vultures and Foot Fiends.  Yet the public has more confidence in the medical system (40%) even after a year of demonization than the President (36%) and Congress (11%).  That might also explain the beating Democrats will get in the midterms.


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Wait until next year, 30% approval for PBHO will be considered good.

Bishop on July 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Americans acted stupidly.

Obviously.

ButterflyDragon on July 22, 2010 at 12:18 PM

This year’s poll also finds a 15-point drop in high confidence in the presidency, to 36%

64% of Americans are racist!

/Journolisto members.

rbj on July 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The biggest loser(s)…are the citizens of the United States.

MainelyRight on July 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

President Bush’s fault. He shouldn’t have fired Sherrod.

ChrisB on July 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Obama doesn’t care. We don’t know what’s good for us. We should be thanking him.

Disturb the Universe on July 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

So the confidence level of Obama is 36% but his approval rating is 47%???

Anybody else see something wrong with that?

Cookies Mom on July 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Confidence rating is 10% higher than Bush. I’m pretty sure the 90% approval rating from Black Americans is what’s making up the largest chunk of that 10% difference.

ButterflyDragon on July 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Michelle: “I used to be proud of my country”

faraway on July 22, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I really thought Obama would atleast get 3 full years of above 50%.

portlandon on July 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I would have written that headline for Gallup for $500 flat.

It would have saved them a bunch of money, and would be just as true.

Bat Chain Puller on July 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM

J-Nap: “Shelve Gallup’s FOIA request.”

BuckeyeSam on July 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

This year’s poll also finds a … drop in high confidence in the presidency, to 36%… Over the same period, President Barack Obama’s approval rating fell … to 47%.

His personal approval is higher than his presidential approval because so many of his supporters think they elected a god, not a mere president.

ChrisB on July 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Wait until “cap & tax” starts and watch the free fall.

moonsbreath on July 22, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I guess this bho is not on the tube enough to tell us uninformed American’s how wonderful he is! This news of the low poll probably means another vacation in the near future or lots more golf.
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letget on July 22, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Confidence rating is 10% higher than Bush. I’m pretty sure the 90% approval rating from Black Americans is what’s making up the largest chunk of that 10% difference.

ButterflyDragon on July 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Also, certainly many conservatives were happy to wash their hands of Bush. But in the eyes of white liberals, Obama is as good as they’ll ever get. Maybe they might be having second thoughts about Hillary, but backing a black president–no matter how incompetent–is still remarkably fashionable in many liberal precincts. They can convince themselves that they’re more highly evolved.

BuckeyeSam on July 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM

New JournoList guideline: “Obama”, is now referred to as “Failed President Obama”

faraway on July 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

So the confidence level of Obama is 36% but his approval rating is 47%???

Anybody else see something wrong with that?

Cookies Mom on July 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Racist! 11eleventy!!1

Johnnyreb on July 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Remember this is racism with five “a”s. Raaaaacism!

Mr. Joe on July 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

this on top of the previous DHS thread…his confidence numbers should be even lower

but the kool-aid drinkers will keep him propped up

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

He spent too much time with BP
Golf Oil problems and he suffers.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

“Confidence in presidency takes a fall in past year?”

Too much Hope and Change for the little people??

After the wonderfully delicious election campaign of Obama’s, you’d think that the masses would be overjoyed and overwhelmed with an heavenly abundance of confidence in the Presidency…

To all of you who voted for Obama…thanks a bunch for nothing.

coldwarrior on July 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

The biggest winner .. up by 3% is … big business.There is obviously a limit to how much bashing the “great unwashed” will absorb.

J_Crater on July 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Golf Oil?

seven on July 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Isn’t that what got Tiger in so much hot water?? /s

coldwarrior on July 22, 2010 at 12:41 PM

If this was a private sector company, they would cut their looses and re-organize.

Electrongod on July 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Anyone noticed that David Axelrod has been oh so silent on all of this?

As a matter of fact, has anyone actually seen Axelrod lately?

pilamaye on July 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Congress finishes dead last in the poll, with only 11% expressing significant confidence in the national legislature

Well if that’s the mood of the country, then only 11% of congress members running for re-election this fall should get re-elected.

If only.

fogw on July 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

‘Organized labor’ seems to be flat however, but then those numbers may be mostly composed of -organized labor. Pigs feeding at the trough will always think highly of themselves I guess.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM

“Oh, come on, this is the best you’ve got???”

/Tom_Shipley

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I think Beck had this one right from day one. Good for him.

kerrhome on July 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

heh

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Gallup? Why are we paying attention to anything coming out of this group!

Kissmygrits on July 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM

um oops. wrong thread :) I was referring to Beck getting the Sherrod story right. Sorry about that.

kerrhome on July 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM

That might also explain the beating Democrats will get in the midterms.

This could very possibly be the first midterm election to be Rated R by the MPAA for Overexcessive High-Pitched Whining By Nancy Pelosi.

pilamaye on July 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Golf Oil problems and he suffers.

[seven on July 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM]

All his triple bogeys down there has really put the gray in his hair.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Tom Shipley: “You racists have been so mean to him this year”

faraway on July 22, 2010 at 1:01 PM

This president is biggest mistake this nation has ever made. He and his hand picked administration will go down as the most incompetent as well as the most corrupt in our history. If the impetus to destroy our nation is not neutralized in NOvember then like as we know it will cease to exist. When you let unions control your public education system, the dumbing down of the populace to where people cannot decide what is best foir themselves.

volsense on July 22, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Placing the caption “The biggest loser” under Presedent Obama is misleading. The biggest loser is the American people who have had libertys eroded at a record pace under this administration.

chicken thief on July 22, 2010 at 1:11 PM

So the confidence level of Obama is 36% but his approval rating is 47%???

Anybody else see something wrong with that?

Cookies Mom on July 22, 2010

Not when you factor the percentage of blacks who knew that OJ butchered those two white people but wanted him acquitted anyway. Same mindset. You know he’s scum, but his melanin content must be respected.

Extrafishy on July 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Unexpected.

NoLeftTurn on July 22, 2010 at 1:21 PM

@pilamaye on July 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Axelod is probably stewing about the the recent re-conviction of Al Sanchez and what the future bodes for the Brothers Blagojevich. Yep, old Al Sanchez, former Chicago Streets and San. Boss, former head of the Hispanic Democratic Organization and one of the highest ranking members of the Daley Crime Syndicate/administration to go on trial, just got convicted again of abusing Chicago’s City Hall sham hiring system to bypass cloutless applicants in favor of his foot soldiers in the (now defunct) Hispanic Democratic Organization. Poor Old Al sure needs some more love from the press. After all, Al is going to be doing some time in the federal pen and what might he do to shorten his stay at Club Fed? Could some of Axelrod’s former and current clients be very uncomfortable right now?

MayorDaley on July 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Not when you factor the percentage of blacks who knew that OJ butchered those two white people but wanted him acquitted anyway. Same mindset. You know he’s scum, but his melanin content must be respected.

Extrafishy on July 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

He’s scum. But he’s our scum.

angryed on July 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

So you are saying that a man with less then 2 years political experience, no international experience, no economic experience, no business experience, no leadership experience, no private enterprise experience, is not succeeding? Does not
inspire confidence?….gee I wonder what is missing?

right2bright on July 22, 2010 at 3:09 PM