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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-11 10:00 AM
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Approval of Congress Matches Record Low
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Source: NY Times

Congress faces historically low approval ratings as it wades into the debate over the $447 billion jobs package proposed by President Obama, with just 12 percent of Americans now approving of the way Congress is handling its job, matching its all-time low, recorded in October 2008 at the height of the economic crisis, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Voters are slightly more disapproving of the Republicans in Congress than they are of the Democrats, with just 19 percent approving of Republicans, compared with 28 percent that approve of Democrats.

Republican voters are more dissatisfied with their partys representatives than are Democrats. Half of Republican voters say they disapprove of Republicans in Congress, while 43 percent of Democratic voters say they disapprove of Democrats in Congress. Independents are slightly less approving of Congressional Republicans than Congressional Democrats.

Only 6 percent of registered voters say that most members of Congress have earned re-election, while 84 percent say its time to give someone new a chance, a historic low for the New York Times/CBS poll. Dissatisfaction with Congress runs deep across both parties, with more than 8 in 10 of both Republicans and Democrats saying its time to elect new representatives.

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Slowly, the truth is beginning to dawn on Americans that the 112th Congress is the worst in history. This is not an exaggeration. Various historians have begun to comment on the truly history nature of the current Congress's dysfunction. This dysfunction is primarily due to the expressed goal of Congressional Republicans to deny President Obama any sort of victory. In other words, they are trying to sabotage the country for purely partisan purposes to the point where they would even vote against some of their own proposals such as the creation of a deficit committee early in the Obama presidency, which they had originally sponsored. There are honest disagreements, and there is playing games, and Republicans are not even trying to govern right now.

The question is whether the public will hold Republicans accountable or reward them for once again doing their best to sabotage and shutdown the goverment for partisan purposes. They did it under Newt Gingrich when they pissed away time during the federal budget fiasco, then wasted time in impeaching Bill Clinton. The current 112th Congress puts the Gingrich Congress to shame with some House members eagerly cheering for the U.S. to default. Of course, the only reason the Republicans do this, is because they think that the American people will blame the Democratic president, and not hold them accountable.
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