Democrat-Controlled Congress Back To 9% Approval Rating

It is frankly amazing that Democrats and the liberal media continue to act as though Bush is THE most unpopular figure on the face of the earth.  The ability for Democrats to look in the mirror at their own unpopularity just doesn’t seem to exist.  And the ability of the media to allow the constact criticism of President Bush without mentioning Congress’ 9% approval rating doesn’t seem to exist, either.

Rasussen had this from August 27:

The majority party may be celebrating in Denver this week, but the percentage of voters who give the Democratic-dominated Congress good or excellent ratings has once again fallen to single digits.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just nine percent (9%) of Likely Voters give Congress positive ratings, while 51% say it’s doing a poor job.

Congressional ratings first hit nine percent (9%) back at the beginning of July, marking the lowest ratings recorded by Rasmussen Reports. Ratings hit the same low two weeks later. Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of this year.

Indicative of the low opinion most voters have of Congress were the findings in another survey earlier this week of members of the leadership’s own party. Just 37% of Democrats say they have a favorable opinion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, while 51% have an unfavorable view of her. One-quarter (25%) of Democrats rate their view of the San Francisco Democrat as Very Favorable, but 14% see her in a Very Unfavorable light.

The news is even worse for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is viewed favorably by 22% of Democrats and unfavorably by 41%. Six percent (6%) of Democrats have a Very Favorable view of the Nevada senator, but 8% regard him Very Unfavorably.

With all this said, the constant harping on Bush, which allows for the constant refusal to place Democrats on the hook, continues to have an impact on the electorate:

Just 11% of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11% to 13% throughout 2008. The majority of voters (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation to improve life in America.

A majority of voters think this is unlikely to change. Just 43% find it at least somewhat likely that Congress will address important problems facing our nation in the near future, but 51% believe this is unlikely.

Despite these negative attitudes towards Congress, Democrats continue to enjoy solid leads on the Generic Congressional Ballot. Nationally, John McCain and Barack Obama are in a dead heat in the Daily Presidential Tracking poll.

By continuing to focus on President Bush, and by continually trying to tie John McCain into the “Bush-McCain” era, Democrats are successfully keeping the subject off of their own records.

One thing occurs.  In last night’s speech, Barack Obama drove home the point that John McCain voted with George Bush 90% of the time.  I wonder how much of the time Obama voted with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?

One thing is for sure: you’re never going to find out watching the mainline media.

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