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Record High Numbers Believe “No Matter How Bad Things Are, Congress Will Make Them Worse”

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Poll finds Independent voters at an all time high

Steve Watson
January 8, 2014

A new survey out of Rasmussen finds that a record number of Americans believe that Congress will always find a way to make things worse, no matter how terrible the country’s prospects become.

According to the poll, a three year high of 69% believe that their elected representatives are capable of being even poorer at their jobs, despite 2013 being the year of rampant excessive spending, bitter stalemate between the parties, and a government shutdown. Only 17% disagree with the notion.

The number represents a four point increase from similar findings in October when members of Congress were spotted drinking and partying on Capitol Hill for an entire week in the first seven days of the shutdown.

The overall approval rating of Congress has, shockingly, improved. However, it still stands at a dismal 8%, with that amount of voters saying they feel Congress is doing a good or excellent job.

That means that your elected representatives are still viewed in a worse light than zombies, witches, dog poop, potholes, toenail fungus and hemorrhoids.

Last month, just 5% said they approved of the job Congress is doing, making it less popular among the American public than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, North Korea, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, or Nixon during Watergate.

Given that historians estimate between 15 and 20 percent of the European-American population of the colonies were Loyalists during the the American Revolution, it means that King George coveted more than twice as much support as Congress has today.

In the latest poll, a total of 66% rate Congress’ performance as poor, a figure that stood at 75% in November.

Only 16% of voters believe that in the past year Congress has done anything that will significantly improve life in America, according to the figures. A sizeable majority of 67% say it has not passed any such legislation, while 17% are not sure.

The poll also noted that just 17% of Americans believe most members of Congress care about the opinions of their constituents, while only 24% think their member of Congress is the best possible person for the job.

In a separate poll, conducted by Gallup, an all time high of 42% say that they now class themselves as Independents, highlighting how out of touch the public feels both parties are with the nation.

Party Identification, Yearly Averages, 1988-2013

The poll also found that voters identifying themselves as Republican are at a 25 year low at 25%. Democratic identification is unchanged from the last four years at 31%, but down from 36% in 2008.

“Americans are increasingly declaring independence from the political parties.” Gallup notes. “It is not uncommon for the percentage of independents to rise in a non-election year, as 2013 was. Still, the general trend in recent years, including the 2012 election year, has been toward greater percentages of Americans identifying with neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party.”

“The rise in political independence is likely an outgrowth of Americans’ record or near-record negative views of the two major U.S. parties, of Congress, and their low level of trust in government more generally.” the polling company states.


Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

This article was posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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