AP-GfK Poll: 87% in US disapprove of Congress


By Fed Up
08 25 11

Just don’t get angry with the Republicans, are you forgetting how the Democrats spent us to where we are today, think about this, before the Democrats were voted out they turned their backs on setting a budget, but they just kept dragging their feet thinking that they would get voted back in, they were so in to them selves, but it backfired and they were lost and could not do any thing except block any thing that the GOP came up with to make them look bad.

Then you have to remember Obama said that he would veto any thing that the GOP sent to him. And the problem with the Government today is, that they are nothing but a bunch of RICH BRATS that don’t know how to spend money, because they have so much of it, that they can buy any thing they want and not have to worry about it like the rest of America.

Americans live from Pay Check to Pay Check while Company’s the Rich and Governments live high on the hog while bleeding Americans dry of Money and Jobs.

So to put every thing in to prospective none of them will do a good job, so the only thing to do is get rid of them all and get some new people in there that believe in the Constitution and will follow it and the laws associated with it.

ONE BIG Problem today is they are MORE WORRIED about REELECTION then  getting this country on the road to recovery, and if you don’t believe it just look back to 2009, Obama kept talking about going for his SECOND TERM, and he has spent more time on Air Force One then he has been in the White House to see what is going on, he has depended on his Czars to do all his Work that he was ELECTED to do.

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AP
By JENNIFER AGIESTA, LAURIE KELLMAN – Associated Press
Thur. 08 25 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are angry at Congress in the aftermath of the debt crisis and Republicans could pay the greatest price, a new Associated Press-GfK poll suggests.

The poll finds conservative tea party activists, who favor shrinking government and lowering taxes, have lost support, Republican House leader John Boehner is increasingly unpopular and people are warming to the idea of not just cutting spending but also raising taxes — anathema to the Republicans — just as both parties prepare for another struggle with deficit reduction.

To be sure, there is plenty of discontent to go around. The poll finds more people are down on their own member of Congress, not just the institution, an unusual finding in surveys and one bound to make incumbents particularly nervous ahead of next November’s elections.

In interviews, some people said the debt standoff itself, which caused a crisis of confidence to ripple through world markets, made them wonder whether lawmakers are able to govern at all.

In the standoff, a deal was reached to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, thereby avoiding a first-ever default by the U.S. government on its financial obligations, in exchange for nearly $1 billion in government spending cuts.

“I guess I long for the day back in the ’70s and ’80s when we could disagree but we could get a compromise worked out,” said Republican Scott MacGregor, 45, a police detective. “I don’t think there’s any compromise anymore.”

The results point to a chilly autumn in Washington as the divided Congress returns to the same fiscal issues that almost halted other legislative business and are certain to influence the struggle for power in the 2012 elections. They suggest that politicians, regardless of party, have little to gain by prolonging the most consequential U.S. policy debate. And they highlight the gap between the wider public’s wishes now and the tea party’s cut-it-or-shut-it philosophy that helped propel Republicans into the House majority last year.

The survey, conducted Aug. 18-22, found that approval of Congress has dropped to its lowest level in AP-GfK polling — 12 percent. That’s down from 21 percent in June, before the debt deal reached fever pitch.

The results indicate, too, that the question of trust remains up for grabs — a sign that the government’s stewardship of the economy over the next year will weigh heavily on the fortunes of both parties in the elections. Republicans and Democrats statistically tied, 40 percent to 43 percent respectively, when respondents were asked which party they trust more to handle the federal budget deficit. Nearly a third of independents said they trust neither party on the issue.

Much about the next election hinges on independent voters, the ever-growing group fiercely wooed by campaigns for years. These respondents, the poll found, were the least forgiving toward incumbents and shifted substantially toward the need to raise taxes as part of the deficit and debt solution.

Among them, 65 percent say they want their own House representative tossed out in 2012, compared with 53 percent of respondents generally.

This group, too, is helping fuel the shift toward raising taxes as a way to balance the budget. The poll found that among independents, 37 percent now say that increasing taxes should be the focus of the fiscal dealmakers, over cutting government services. That’s up nine points from March, the poll found.

The backlash was personal, too. Boehner, the congressional veteran from Ohio who struggled to win enough members of his own party to pass the debt deal, won approval from 29 percent of the poll’s respondents. That is the lowest level of his tenure and also the first time his rating is more negative than positive. Forty-seven percent of Republican respondents said they approve of Boehner; only a fifth of independents have a favorable opinion of him.

The tea party, too, took a hit, according to the poll. Unfavorable views of the tea party have climbed 10 percentage points since November, when they fueled the Republican resurgence. Of those, 32 percent have a deeply unfavorable impression of the movement and just a quarter of respondents say they consider themselves supporters of the tea party — the lowest in AP-GfK polling and a dip of 8 percentage points since June.

Overall, 87 percent disapproved of Congress’ performance. Entrenched partisanship explained some of the discontent.

“They’re so committed to their personal ways, and party’s way, that they are having a hard time finding a middle road,” Republican Frank Chase, 77, a military retiree, said of both sides.

Democrat Laurie Lewis, a Rutgers University professor, agreed. “Elect those who are willing to make compromise on both sides of the hall,” she said. Still, “I don’t think it’s smart to say throw out everyone.”

On budget and debt policy, the poll finds a public warming to the idea of using tax increases to help solve the fiscal crisis, a potential boon to President Barack Obama and the congressional Democrats who want to end Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Republicans bristle at anything called a tax increase, though some acknowledge that more revenue must be raised.

It is perhaps the most difficult issue of the debate and carries tremendous influence over America’s economic future and the political fortunes of the candidates next year, when the presidency and the House and Senate majorities are at stake. The problem now rests on the shoulders of a dozen House and Senate members named to a supercommittee that will spend almost three months fall digging into the morass that the broader Congress could not solve.

Asked which should be the main focus of lawmakers trying to solve that problem, raising taxes or cutting government services, 53 percent of respondents said cutting services and 34 percent said increasing taxes. That’s a shift toward raising taxes since March, when 29 percent said increasing taxes and 62 percent said cutting services.

Since then, more Democrats and independents have shifted toward taxes as a means of balancing the budget, while Republican views on the question have not moved, according to the poll. Half of Democrats polled said raising taxes should be the focus over cutting services, up 10 percentage points from March. Independents showed a clear preference for cutting services over raising taxes in March, 64 percent to 28 percent. Now, only 42 percent of independents say focus on cutting services while 37 percent say increase taxes, according to the poll.

Overall, 57 percent of respondents believe both that that taxes will rise and government services will be cut in order to balance the federal budget.

The poll was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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