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Poll: Vote Congress Out, But Trust Congress Over Obama

July 26, 2013 by  

Poll: Vote Congress Out, But Trust Congress Over Obama
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If there’s anything to the results of a new voter poll, the 2014 midterm elections will see the entirety of today’s House of Representatives, along with every Senator who’s up for re-election, kicked out of office.

A nationwide poll conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal shows 57 percent of Americans would choose to throw the “bums” out, including their own elected representatives.

A staggering 83 percent of respondents said they aren’t satisfied with the job Congress is doing. That’s far fewer than those who’ve tired of President Barack Obama, whose numbers — 50 percent disapprove; 45 percent approve — still continue to reflect a steady decline from a high of 53 percent approval in December.

The poll asked voters a follow-up question:

If there were a place on your ballot that allowed you to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including your own representative, would you do this, or not?

And 57 percent said “yes.” That’s the highest number of dissatisfied respondents the poll has seen over the course of seven iterations since March of 2010.

Of course, that’s not going to happen. Voters have demonstrated that they are often willing to break with personal ideology in order to return to Washington a local representative who’s amassed some clout that benefits their own districts, while simultaneously begrudging Congressmen with similar views who hail from other districts and other States.

But Americans’ disgust with partisan gridlock in Congress is far and away the biggest reason people say they’re disappointed with Washington politics. Asked to rank eight reasons for their dissatisfaction in order from most to least important, 44 percent ranked Congressional ineffectiveness either first or second. By contrast, cuts to programs “that help the poor” were ranked among the top two reasons by only 20 percent.

As a strange statistic shows, people may be fed up with Congress as a whole, but they still — at least in theory — would rather Congress take the lead in setting national policy than allow the President to do it. Of those surveyed, 48 percent said Congress should set the tone on shaping policies, while only 38 percent said Obama should continue to take point. And of those who prefer Congress over Obama, an overwhelming majority said they want the House Republican majority to lead the way, rather than the Democratic majority in the Senate.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    Some very enlightening information that explains our current situation from the real X-files!

    Just thought you should know…
    The year was 1947. Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, a little more than 65 years ago, numerous witnesses claim that an Unidentified Flying Object, (UFO), with five aliens aboard, crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell , New Mexico .
    This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered-up by the U.S. Air Force, as well as other Federal Agencies and Organizations .
    However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of April, year 1948, nine months after the historic day, the following people were born:

    Barrack Obama Sr.
    Albert A. Gore, Jr.
    Hillary Rodham
    William J. Clinton
    John F. Kerry
    Howard Dean
    Nancy Pelosi
    Dianne Feinstein
    Charles E. Schumer
    Barbara Boxer
    Joe Biden

    This is the obvious consequence of aliens breeding with sheep and jack-asses.
    I truly hope this bit of information clears up a lot of things for you. It certainly did for me.
    And now you can stop wondering why they support the bill to help all Illegal Aliens.

    • laura merrone

      Funny, very funny!

    • MarkSylvstr

      Awesome!!

    • Chris

      Great Post!!!

  • me

    Is congress really at fault opposing President Owebunhole’s bunch of bs. Owebunhole wants his way in every way. The senate has a democratic majority and approves everything he wants. The Republicans have the house and oppose his incompetency. The senate Dems are nothing more than a bunch of buttkissers of Owebunhole. If owebunhole had no opposition this country would be in worse shape. Its called checks and balances

  • Michael Shreve

    In law, it’s called NEGLIGENT RETENTION. Negligent pretty well describes the electorate.

  • Vigilant

    From an e-mail I received this morning:

    THE HAIRCUT

    Blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.

    One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop.

    When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

    Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

    Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.

    The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut! And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

    BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!

    • Carol Clinch

      TERM LIMITS must be considered. Lets put it on a National Ballot and see what happens.

      • Vigilant

        Term limits, I believe, would have virtually no effect on our situation. The whole idea is based on the flawed concept that there is a pool of political candidates out there that really care about the good of the country. And that limiting terms would somehow prevent corruption.

        Term limits would as well prevent the re-election of truly good senators and representatives.

        Shortening terms could as easily result in greedy politicians doing greater damage because they would only have a limited tine within which to fleece the taxpayers.

        And to put an ideological aspect on it, you would be limiting, not expanding, the freedom of the public to elect those whom they wish to put in office. Established term limits already exist in the Constitution.

  • sadday

    There is little doubt in my mind that we are in serious trouble on this planet and that those in power do not really care. They need to assure that the elite end up with a suitable number of slaves – Bilary Clinton stated that the worlds population needs to be controlled. The drones and surveillance are the other methods of control. The banking sector collusion in price manipulation and interest rate base is another. Lying in their teeth and never ever keeping any promise is another and so on and on. Who are these people and why do we put up with their shenanigans? They are our leaders and we hang on their every word, worship and adore them, so why would they care what some of perhaps considerably more thinking say or do? – THEY ARE IRRELEVANT and need elimination, are of absolutely no use at all in order for the elites and their puppets to realize their ultimate plan to dominate and control the world. Some may understand that and realize that it is now on the cards. Those who do not understand that are in for a seriously rude awakening. Our leaders are gangsters. They too need to remember that if you live by the sword then you also die by the sword!

  • Alan

    The removal has to be very selective as there are several good people in congress. We must get rid of people like McCain, who never found a place he didn’t want to invade, and useless people like Boner and McConnell that have no principles.

  • Frank Zappa

    GET RID OF THEM ALL, Even the “New Crop” that was elected we have heard NOTHING from them with the exception of one or two on how things in Washington have changed. We have career politicians and like the Cockroaches that they are, they like the idea of POWER and they like to tell YOU what kind of light bulb you need how much water you can use for your toilet and how much “Soda” that Mayor NANY Bloomberg tell you that you can have, and of course this is all for your own good….of course. They tell you when you take retirement, how to take it and when to take it, like it or not. This is your “Tax Dollars” at work folks. GET IT. THEY TELL YOU AND YOU OBEY US OR ELSE.
    WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH??? WE HAVE THE FOLOWING CRIMINALS IN WASHINGTO TO THANK.
    “UP CHUCKY SHUMMER”
    “AL GORELEONIE” FROM THE GORELEONIE CRIME SYNDICATE
    “DIANE FRANKENSTEIN” (SPEAKS FOR ITSELF) THIS BEAST HAS SO MANY WRINKLES SHE NEEDS TO DIE, SHE IS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE THE MONSTER….
    ” BARBRA THE BOX-R YENTA FROM BROOKLYN” (BRAIN DEAD)
    HITLER-E-CLINTONG AND HER BOY BILL-E-BOB (HE LOOKS GOOD IN A SKIRT) OR IS IT HE CHASES THEM……
    THE MORON McLAME…HE’S GETTING SENILE
    SENATOR GRASSLEY (SMOKING TOO MUCH WEED)
    “NASTY NANCY PIGLOUSY”
    “JOHN *F’N* KERRY” (WHAT A JOKE THIS CLOWN IS) SPEAKING OF CLOWNS NOT ALL OF THEM ARE IN THE CIRCUS.
    “JOSEPH PLUGS BIDEN” (IF HE HAD SOME BRAINS HE WOULD BLOW THEM)
    “OBORON, OBOZO, BARRY SATORO, KING, DICTATOR, (OR WHATEVER NAME HE IS GOING BY TODAY)” COMANDER & THIEF, LIAR EXTRODINARE, POS, HUMAN EXCREMENT…..WELL YOU GET THE PICTURE.

  • Mark Holtz

    What are you doing about it? Get involved! It’s great that we get on these blogs we need to do more! Get involved! Call your senate and congress men and woman, tell them how you feel! Join the tea party in your area, talk to your neighbors, tell them the truth? God bless!

  • Guest

    Oh please, I will believe it when I see it. Idiot Americans have been re-electing the same, like-minded idiots back into office repeatedly for years. Voters just do not like the fact that the politicians they re-elect are far too much like themselves.

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