Polls: Americans Losing Faith In Congress, The Economy

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As the government shutdown and fierce rhetorical battles continue in Washington, the American public is growing increasingly tired of Congress’s antics.

A Rasmussen poll released Friday reveals that just nine present of likely voters feel that Congress is doing its job. Meanwhile, 70 percent say that their elected representatives in Washington is doing a poor job, the highest number in nearly two years.

From the poll:

While positive ratings for Congress have been in the single-digits for most of the year, the negative finding is up eight points from last month and is the highest measured since January 2012.

While 74% of Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major political party say Congress is doing a poor job, 62% of Republicans agree. Fifteen percent (15%) of Republicans now give the legislature positive ratings, up from seven percent (7%) a month ago.

Politically liberal voters are more critical of Congress than conservative voters are.

As the federal government shutdown enters its fourth day, (50%) of all voters view the agenda of Republicans in Congress as extreme, while 46% say the same of the Democratic congressional agenda. Thirty-three percent (33%) identify the GOP agenda as mainstream. Forty-one percent (41%) see the Democratic congressional agenda as mainstream.

Over at Gallup, pollsters report that Americans’ loss of faith in government is also contributing to economic uncertainty among Americans. The polling organization reports that its Economic Confidence Index’s three-day rolling average stands at -34 for Oct. 1-3, down 14 points from Sept. 27-29, and the lowest such average since December 2011.

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  • JanelleHumbert

    Don’t think this number is new. It seems like it’s been hovering around 11% for a long time.

    • Vis Fac

      A lot less than the true unemployment figures posted by lame stream media. Liberals always laud a liberal congress for they feel that their party can do no wrong they do this because they believe ODUMBO’s promise to share/redistribute the wealth and they are in line for their entitlements.

      How’s that working liberals? Got your share yet? Don’t hold your breath!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • JanelleHumbert

        Many thanks for your service! And quite a few family members in ours……it is past time to keep our eyes focused on what the 535 in Congress are really doing. Then, of course there is state and local government to observe. I’ve said for two decades the only solution is to vote them all in and out regularly. And I’m fully aware there are dedicated public servants, but few. It also breaks or helps weaken the stranglehold of special interests. A ever changing group of representatives is more difficult to corrupt.

        • Vis Fac

          My Appreciation for your family members as well. I have always thought the same rules that applies to the POTUS should apply to all of congress.

          Our forefathers did not intend for there to be professional politicians . Our leaders were to be of the community and serve then return to their lives. Things were much less complicated then and ones visualization for the future was limited.

          We have people that all they do is visualize while others work That’s the problem with todays politicians they visualize them selves to be better than those they are supposed to serve.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fie

          • JanelleHumbert

            We are in agreement. So, I will take my 64 year self to many more tea party group meetings where we actually try to fight this creeping taxation DC demands. Currently, I know there are increasing phone, email and mail demands on our elected representatives. When they start hiding, the effects are clear. I hope people don’t stop. It is working.

          • Vis Fac

            If you were to actually care what nc (nut case) Alex in La La Land KGB and Dumb Dave and a few neophytes have to say you might lose a nano-seconds worth of sleep. According to these morons they are the true purveyors of knowledge and we are all wet. This is why they constantly attack our character and abase us with pejoratives.

            In reality they are afraid, afraid on the truth because they’re ill prepared.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

  • flashy

    Congratulations Tea PRty crazies. your wet dreams are coming true. your crippling the economy and doing a good job of doing harm to this nation. the economic numbers for the next year will be your doing.

    • Vis Fac

      The economy has been crippled by overspending borrowing and printing of fiat script. Long before ant Tea Party involvement. Why is it that Liberals are always placing blame where it doesn’t belong? Look no further than liberal one dimensional idiot-ology and you’ll know the answer.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • rbrooks

        it started with bonzo. another of your little gop icons.

        • Vis Fac

          It certainly did Carter crippled the economy Reagan made it possible for me and millions like me to succeed where the weak little clowns like you who failed to earn your own way elected Clinton who promised lots of things but kept only one Raise taxes.

          You are a loser and will always be a loser your attitude predestines you to remain a loser. Pity the fool you are!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            lol. what are you smoking? or were you just born that dumb.

            old bonzo raised the debt limit 11 times. raised taxes 7 times, gave us the first trillion dollar debt. and it his borrow and spend policy that is at the bottom of all of this.

            not to mention his social security magic trick. or the fact that he legalized abortion 7 years prior to roe. his role in making the actors union the strongest union in the country.

            are you directly related to hitler? i wonder why you fled your old country. you and old sammyeye. a couple of cowards that now pretend to be patriots.

          • Vis Fac

            Unlike you I don’t smoke never have. Reagan raised the national debt to $1.2 Trillion Billion in two terms. This helped stimulate the dead economy that Carter killed with high taxes and regulations Reagan also lowered taxes so businesses could grow. After the economy grew healthy enough Reagan raised taxes to reasonable levels Unlike ODUMBO who amasses the debt to $17 Trillion and counting Killed off more jobs than can be imagined and raised taxes on everyone BUT the targeted 1% Had enough economics for now?

            OK lets start on the SCANDAL filled administration and how many people died as a result of the current administrations malfeasance of office. I know you don’t want to go there because your handlers and the media have yet to tell you how to respond Yes rbrooks you are a PHONY

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Jack

            Force:

            Your memory is all screwed up. It didn’t happen the way you claim.

            Okay, how many people have died from Obama’s malfeasance? While you are at it How many died because of Bush’s malfeasance. If you include Benghazi
            its 4 for Obama compared to thousands for Bush.

          • Vis Fac

            First of all you need to learn the definition of MALFEASANCE .
            Second – Facts to a liberal are those that are pulled out of thin air and or provided by lame stream media to swathe their ineptness on all things rational. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates they make things up as they go so they can blame others for their failures and nothing is ever ODUMBO’s or the DUMBOCRITES fault.

            So whenever they have trouble defending and/or nothing to substantiate their positions they simply fall back on the Federal Board for Blaming Bush or citing
            lame stream media’s partial/fabricated truths and prevarications; then all their liberal inadequacies are soon considered ancient history becoming non
            issues and then quickly forgotten

            Time for you to realize liberal tenet is flawed and is RUINING the United States turning us into a third world socialist state. If yo believe the lies of lame stream media and government you are NOT the Solution but part of the PROBLEM

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            1.2 trillion? lol. making it up as you go.
            reagan gave us bin laden. he armed both iraq and iran. you forgot ollie?

            you must be a honorary graduate of coulters college of revisionist history.
            the only phony in this conversation is you.
            you never served in the u.s. military.
            you will never belong to sars.
            you are just another of the many cowards who fled when the going got tough.

          • Vis Fac

            I am a realist and question everything a trait you would benefit from learning. I don’t need to make things up like you do.

            The information is readily available on the internet assuming you know how to use a keyboard you shouldn’t have trouble finding the truth.

            Like I said to you earlier you are just pissed you are IMPOTENT and making those wild accusations based on your rage removes all credibility to your argument.

            Rant and rave all you wish it changes nothing I am what I am and you are still STUPID
            The amount of concern I have for you opinion can be measured in micro give -a- $HIT$!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            you are looking for a way to compensate for your short comings. the pretense that you are a veteran is rather revealing.

            anyone can check the u.s. debt by year. you are off a couple trillion on reagan.
            the amount of concern this country has for your opinion has been shown at the polls.

            and that is going to get worse.
            you seem to be on the losing side, once again.

          • Vis Fac

            Speaking of short comings how’s your latest lobotomy healing? Scabbed over yet. I bet that toilet bowl brush was rough on you.

            Yes anyone (but you it seems) can check the national debt. The trouble with the lethargic (again like you) you stop at one reference or more typically use data that is closer to supporting your agenda.

            If you really want facts use multiple sources and don’t rely on anything Wiki- Apparently you cannot comprehend that Wiki- is open source where contributions from anyone is posted without being verified.

            So again you lose you will always lose because not only are you stupid and a liberal on top of that.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo4.htm

            or a different view.

            http://useconomy.about.com/od/usdebtanddeficit/a/National-Debt-by-Year.htm

            your only problem is you are simply too stupid to realise just how stupid you are.

          • Vis Fac

            Why is it you liberals are always placing blame on someone else rather than where it belongs? Do you think that you can somehow magically place blame for what ODUMBO has done on BUSH or anyone else? And you call me stupid I find that highly amusing coming from the you the king of stupid.

            rbrooks I OWN you you have yet to provide anything significant to support your position statistics which might or might not be correct (depending on who complied them) is NOT what I call supporting evidence.

            You Loose again

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Liberals live in a UTOPIAN FANTASY LAND…Facts are not a part of their Being….So just like little kids they Cover their eyes and ears….so they do not have to see REALITY…And when that doesn’t work they Throw a TEMPER TANTRUM

          • Vis Fac

            Yes I get your point Take rbrooks for an example he keeps poking and chiding then repeats some of my postings and tries to turn them on me. When this occurs I know I own him because He has nothing to counter my accusations and assessments of him and his character (or lack there of.

            Then we have Alex in La La Land who has the same problem except he replies with strings of BS BS BS

            HA HA HA or some variant there of. When these clowns do this you know that have nothing to support their argument or position and then I know I OWN them.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            And the more you throw the facts and their own BS back in their face…the more angry they get…The most comical part is when they are defeated and you already own them….They are so Stupid that they keep coming back to get knocked down again and again and again…
            BY doing this they prove my point….Liberals are SO STUPID….that they do not know just how STUPID THEY REALLY ARE…..

          • Jack

            Force Recon:

            Back to your fairy tale stories I see.

          • Vis Fac

            Only from your point of view similar to the pointed dunce cap you wore in liberal one dimensional indoctrination camp. I’ll bet your HS diploma came with the caveat “this person although has met the requirement for graduation he/she is functionally illiterate and needs constant input from lame stream media to exist.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Trying to change the mind of a Liberal is like trying to get a DEAD HORSE TO GET UP…So it is impossible to change the mind of someone who is BRAIN DEAD…

          • Vis Fac

            FTUSA — The correct term is cerebral necrosis. Getting a liberal to recognize facts or truth is harder than lighting a match on a bar of soap six feet under water.

            Getting a Liberal to assume responsibility is harder than jumping to the moon.

            Getting a dead horse to get up is a much easier feat.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Good Ones…And Liberals do not even like each other…They tolerate each other…
            If you locked 100 liberals in a room for a week with a TRILLION DOLLARS IN CASH…At the end of the week when you unlocked the door….You would find 99 Corpses….and the “Little Boy Dictator” Jumping up and down YELLING…..I WON….I WON…I WON…

      • Bud Wood

        Why blame others? What a silly question. It takes maturity to acknowledge one’s own blame. Very few children are able to do that.

        • Vis Fac

          Mine (children) do they always have. I have taught them to always own up and face the consequences for that instills integrity and teaches a lesson.

          Liberals have no integrity nor learn anything they keep repeating what they have done and expect a different solution.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

      • Gary Schoeller

        let me just make a slight correction the tea party movement has existed since before the united states existed. they had a different name ” the Son’s and daughter’s of liberty” if your not antiquated with who they were look it up. something that was never taught and should be

    • Bud Wood

      Seems that harming the nation is more of a bi-patisan thing. Anyway, it requires a directory to figure out who the bad guys are. However, the 11% who say that congress is doing O.K. evidently have their own directory. The rest of us just try to determine what is happening. Maybe like a mystery novel, we’ll find out in the last few pages which are turning rapidly.

    • Gary Schoeller

      wow coming from a socialist I would think you would be happy at the destruction your king has caused. its time to listen to the America loving people or face your demise. we the people have had enough of the America haters. the American revolution was fought for less than what the traitor in office has done to this country and its true Americans. want proof read the declaration of independence. I say that because its clear to all of us true Americans you never have!!

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        It is amazing how many of these Brain Dead Liberal BOTS on here keep blaming the Tea Party for the SO CALLED SHUT DOWN…White House – Controlled by the D****RATS…..Senate – Controlled by the D****RATS…..House – Controlled by the ESTABLISHMENT RINOS…Who are rally just D****RAT LITE…

  • Alan

    Faith in government? Never had it and likely never will. The entire system is a self-serving beast which does nothing but swallow up liberties with a voracious hunger every passing day. It’s well beyond time to clean house in hopes of restoring all the blessings that we’ve lost.

  • rbrooks

    well, i am sure the fanatics on this site believe their political gods are doing great work.

    • Judicious

      Here, folks, we have one of the voters who has succumbed to political brainwashing, talking-butthead-pundits, dumbed-down mental degeneration, and moral decay. And the government is a reflection of these voters.

      • JanelleHumbert

        At least brooks is here…..who knows, the light may dawn!

        • Judicious

          You are an optimist… and I hope you’re correct.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            My long experience is that trying to change the
            thinking of a Liberal…IS LIKE BEATING ON A DEAD HORSE NON STOP…IN HOPES THAT IT IS STILL ALIVE…The problem with all Liberals is that they are BRAIN DEAD…

  • Judicious

    Too many voters have succumbed to political brainwashing, talking-butthead-pundits, dumbed-down mental degeneration, and moral decay. The government is a reflection of these voters. Consequently, we have the emergence of the demagogic dummy-god Obama and the “de facto” PARTY-OF-SWINE.

    Once again, here’s their averred platform–
    * Destroy the Constitution
    * Embrace Alinsky’s radical doctrine and usurp dictatorial power
    * Shake down the taxpayer
    * Commit fiscal suicide
    * Stifle business and jobs via government oppression
    * Curtail personal and religious freedoms
    * Condone moral decay
    * Promote murderous abortions and infanticide
    * Promote perverse homosexuality in public schools
    * Legalize absurd same-sex marriage
    * Arm and fund our enemies
    * Contravene illegal immigration laws
    * Buy entitlement votes with taxpayer money
    * Engage in political klepto-capitalism and crony-capitalism
    * Resurrect racism for political exploitation.

  • Restituto Guzman Jr.

    Congress for the last 5 years has been like ship without a rudder to steer it and a no engine to propel it thru a green sea of printed money. Since last year mid term elections all those elected except the tea party elected legislators have been watching their P’s and Q” and nothing has been accomplish. Now finally one part of the legislative branch has stuck a paddle in the green sea of money and they are trying to steer this ship in a sane direction. Now everyone that wants this aimless wandering ship of a government to continue, have thrown all their energy into derailing their effort. The ship of government is dead in the water and the out come is just finger pointing.

    • Janet Ritchie

      Sorry Mr. Guzman, the Republican ploy of shutting down the government isn’t working. This is NOT the answer to dysfunctional government. It just makes things worse. The T Party has no intention of negotiating with anyone. It’s their way of the highway. This is NOT good governing. It is extortion;. they are attempting to nullify the results of the last election. The American people voted FOR the ACA, and they re-elected President Obama. The Republicans want to reverse these outcomes illegally with a total shutdown of government. They have hijacked the ship of state. They are not statesmen, they are terrorists. This is the 6th time in 10 years that they have used the same ploy to extort concessions from the President and the Democrats. It is getting old. The last time they tried this, they LOST seats in the House and the Senate. They will lose in the next election as well, and they deserve to lose.

  • Guest

    Who cares! These same disapproving Americans will re-elect the same idiots back into office (whether Congress or via the Presidency), and then wonder why nothing changes.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      The Brain Dead Voters prove on every election the DEFINITION OF INSANTY….”If you keep doing the same things over and over…You get the same results”…