Gallup is reporting that the United States Congress has averaged 15 percent approval this year, with approval presently standing at 14 percent – and a terrifying (for them) 81 percent disapproval. Now for the question: Is anyone really surprised?
Important for contrast is that previous average lows were reached in 1977, 1992 and 2008, at 19 percent and 18 percent respectively. According to Gallup, this will in fact make the fourth year in a row that Congressional approval has been below 20 percent and the fifth time in six years that this has occurred.
As late, Republicans hold the House of Representatives and have clashed with the Democrat-held Senate repeatedly, most notably in their 40 votes to repeal Obamacare. Although a repeal of Obamacare definitely isn’t in the cards, House Republicans have insisted on blowing a reported $1.45 million per attempt, all the while stalling important and realistic legislation which could provide much-needed relief to American workers, families and veterans.
It should go without saying that an Obamacare repeal isn’t going to happen unless Republicans were to magically gain control of both Houses and the Presidency. That reality hasn’t stopped them from trying anyway, even when their attempts (and slight control) are legitimately damaging the country.
Another important point to remember is that sequestration continues, and has already done damage to many communities. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal polling last month revealed that as much as 22 percent of the general populace have been significantly impacted by sequestration, and as many as 31 percent of those making less than $30,000 a year have been affected in some way. In May, ABC News reported that 37 percent of the public believed the sequester cuts had harmed them personally.
Sadly, many Republicans are blaming the Obama administration and the upper house of Congress for the damage, claiming that the Democrats have no desire to bargain. Given this, and the extreme level of gerrymandering taking place to increase Republican domination of the House, it appears the next elections might not have much of an impact in the lower house of Congress. Unfortunately, Republican domination of the lower house may continue on for quite awhile.
- Congress Disapproval Hits All-Time High In Poll (huffingtonpost.com)