Congress has a new record low approval rate

United States
January 21, 2012 12:59pm CST
I'm more than a little concerned with this little tid bit of information. I realize this isn't representative of the entire population. But a proper sample pool is pretty close. Even a large margin of error couldn't show a rating over 20%. What have we come to when basically 9 out of 10 people don't approve of congress. Even a legislator who won with 51% isn't getting job approval by about 80% of the people who voted for him. What's the future of a country if no one likes the government they are voting in?
3 responses
@mehale (2200)
• United States
28 Jan 12
American complacency is at least partly to blame. So is the media. Oh how quickly we forget that they actually accomplished nothing in their previous terms when the campaign season begins and the media shows their good side and their stump speeches about everything they are going to accomplish and fight for if they are re-elected. They simply tell us what we want to hear, and instead of looking at their actual records we vote them back in on a combination of their lies and in some cases (sad but true - I have a step daughter that fits this one!) on nothing more than name recognition. Until we actually take the time to do some research and thinking about what they have and have not done, and vote based on the facts rather than their campaign speeches we will be in the same boat we are now, only pretty soon it will begin to sink even faster.
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• United States
28 Jan 12
The complacency is probably the worst part of it. People aren't telling officials what they need done. They just complain and hope politicians have magical solutions to cure their inability to take a stand for themselves. While I think congress has made some poor decisions in the past decade. I can't fully blame them when the people often do nothing for themselves and expect the government to take care of them. How can the government do its job when its busy with crap like v-chips, taking care of your kids, and everything else we should be responsible for?
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
21 Jan 12
Didn't they also asked people how they felt about "their" representative and everyone supported their representative but thought it was the "other guys" representative that was corrupt not their own?
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• United States
22 Jan 12
I didn't see anything about it on the show I was watching, but probably. The only thing people are faster to do than complain is to point the finger.
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
21 Jan 12
Well here's the big problem. Almost everyone can agree congress isn't doing $hit. However, most people actually like THEIR congressman and blame all the rest for the problems. I could say right now that there are 12 congressman who are excellent, responsible, respectable men and women who follow the constitution and do the right thing every day. You know what those 12 can accomplish? NOTHING without at least 210 other congressman. If you absolutely despise 300 members of congress it doesn't matter because you only have the power to attempt to vote one of them out.
• United States
22 Jan 12
Yeah, I honestly think we need a new congress, everyone should be voted out across the board. Career politicians lose touch with reality after a while.