Just six percent (6%) of Likely U.S. Voters now rate Congress' performance as good or excellent, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Last month, Congressional approval ratings fell to what was then a record low with eight percent (8%) who rated its performance good or excellent.The findings are consistent across the partisan spectrum:
Sixty-one percent (61%) now think the national legislators are doing a poor job, a jump of nine points from a month ago.
With divided control of Congress, neither party's voters are very happy. Eight percent (8%) of GOP voters give Congress positive marks, compared to five percent (5%) of Democrats and six percent (6%) of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties.A separate poll from Rasmussen finds that a plurality of Americans recognize that the Democrat-Republican Congress is plagued by corruption. From Rasmussen:
46% of Likely U.S. Voters now view most members of Congress as corrupt. That’s up seven points from June and the highest finding yet recorded. Just 29% think most members are not corrupt, and another 25% are not sure . . .
Similarly, a whopping 85% of voters think most members of Congress are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people. That’s a record high for surveys stretching back to early November 2006. Only seven percent (7%) believe most of the legislators are more interested in helping others.Given these numbers, an obvious question arises: if a wide majority of Americans recognize that the stooges of the Democratic and Republican parties are so plagued by corruption that they are effectively incapable of representing our interests, why would they continue to support Republicans and Democrats in any way, shape or form? If you support the Democrats or Republicans, you are the problem.