New Congressional Polls Put Most Blame On Republicans
Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released their latest poll on Congressional approval- or rather, disapproval- showing that overwhelming numbers of Americans are frustrated with their elected representatives, and that 2012 may be a rough year for incumbents.
A whopping 67% don’t want the majority of members of Congress to be re-elected, an all-time high. As usual, more Americans think their own representative should be re-elected (50%), but this number is about equal to levels in 2010, when more incumbents lost their seats in any election since 1948.
Perhaps most surprising, 70% of Republicans want most members to be replaced, even though they are the majority party in the House. This is notably different than in past election years. And only 49% of Republicans approved of Republican leadership, compared to 66% as recently as February. The poll also showed that people view the Republican party as less willing to work with opponents, less able to manage government, less honest and ethical, and more extreme.
As a whole, just 21% of the country approves of the Republican leadership. Democratic leadership does little better at 31%.
Independents are especially outraged: 73% want to see most representatives tossed out.
Attitudes were equally dismal about the economy, with the number of Americans expecting the economy to improve over the next year plummeting from 48% in 2009 to 28%. However, respondents continued to be optimistic about their own finances, a trend that has always existed in the Pew polls.
When asked about Republicans’ poor showing in the poll, Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West accused Democratic “propaganda” of affecting the nation, invoking Nazi minister Joseph Goebbels:
“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” West told reporters in the Capitol. “I think that you have, and let’s be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit in this, in enabling them to get that type of message out.”