CONGRESS’S APPROVAL RATE: Still lower than Bush’s. And disapproval is higher.
I think there’s an overall loss of faith in America’s political class, which seems to me to be largely warranted.
UPDATE: Don Surber looks on the bright side: “But Congress is doing better than a year ago when the spread was 27-65. At this rate, Congress will go from hated to just disliked by 2009.” Yay, team!
ANOTHER UPDATE: Dems will be touting this AP poll, which shows Congress at a sky-high forty percent approval! But I don’t think that undercuts my thesis. When approval is well below 50% — and, as Surber notes, disapproval is 57% — we’re talking about a slightly lower level of public contempt, not actual approval.
MORE: Bob Krumm looks at another poll and comments: “When two of the top three vote getters in a presidential poll are undeclared candidates who have both been out of politics for half a decade, Iâ€™d say heâ€™s right.”
STILL MORE: The Influence Peddler notes: “approval ratings under 50% are absolutely the norm, and under 40% aren’t especially unusual.”
Yes, as I say there’s a long-running problem with America’s political class, that’s being obscured by today’s partisan bitchfest.
FINALLY: More fun with polls from Tom Elia. And Jay Reding observes: “Attributing this to a general loss of faith in Americaâ€™s political class is right. The President is isolated and has become almost a Nixonian figure. Nancy Pelosi is trying to pretend that sheâ€™s the President and Rep. Tom Lantos is arguing that the Democrats have their own foreign policy, the Constitution be damned. The basic problems that affect most Americans â€” the economy, health care, education, all of them go without any real solutions from Washington.”