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    Voters Disapprove Of The Democratic Led Congress

    [url]http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/4796730.html[/url]

    [quote]May 11, 2007, 2:50PM
    Poll: Congress, Bush share low approval

    By ALAN FRAM Associated Press Writer
    2007 The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — People think the Democratic-led Congress is doing just as dreary a job as President Bush, following four months of bitter political standoffs and little progress on Iraq and a host of domestic issues.

    An AP-Ipsos poll also found that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a more popular figure than the president and her colleagues on Capitol Hill, though she faces a gender gap in which significantly more women than men support her.

    The survey found only 35 percent approve of how Congress is handling its job, down 5 percentage points in a month. That gives lawmakers the same bleak approval rating as Bush, who has been mired at about that level since last fall, including his dip to a record low for the AP-Ipsos poll of 32 percent last January.

    "It's mostly Iraq" plus a lack of progress in other areas, said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who heads the House GOP's campaign committee. "These are not good numbers for an incumbent, and it doesn't matter if you have an 'R' or a 'D' next to your name."

    Democrats agree that the problem is largely Iraq, which has dominated this year's session of Congress while producing little more than this month's Bush veto of a bill requiring the withdrawal of U.S. troops. It has also overshadowed House-passed bills on stem cell research, student loans and other subjects that the White House opposes, they say.

    "People are unhappy, there hasn't been a lot of change in direction, for example in Iraq," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., chairman of House Democrats' campaign effort.

    Rising gasoline prices could also be a factor, lawmakers said.

    In another measure of popular discontent, the survey found that 71 percent say the country is on the wrong track — about even with the 73 percent who said so last May, the worst level since the AP-Ipsos poll began in December 2003.

    The survey was taken Monday through Wednesday, before Bush offered to seek compromise with congressional Democrats over a war spending bill setting benchmarks for progress in Iraq.

    Bush told reporters Thursday that if pollsters had asked his opinion about Iraq last fall, "I'd have said I disapprove of what was going on in Iraq. They could have put me down as part of the disapproval process."

    That was before his decision to send nearly 30,000 additional troops to Iraq, which "would more likely cause me to approve of what's going on in Iraq," he added.

    Overall approval of Bush was steady from last month, but fell to 69 percent among Republicans, about 7 percentage points below where it had been in April. Earlier this week, a group of GOP moderate House members warned Bush that the status quo in Iraq could mean Republican election losses next year.

    "If the war doesn't begin to turn around, Republicans will have problems," said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who said he supports Bush's Iraq policy.

    White House spokesman Tony Snow declined to comment on the poll.

    Congress' approval rating this week was 10 points higher than a year ago, when Republicans were in control.

    But after bumping up in April, this month's drop left lawmakers' job approval where it was when the year began. April saw Congress defy Bush and send him a bill financing the war and requiring a troop withdrawal, which he vetoed May 1.

    "People wanted change in Washington" on many issues, not just Iraq, said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., a member of the House Democratic leadership. "I'm not surprised about where people are. They're hearing only about Iraq."

    Congress' reduced appeal was evident in several categories of people. Only 48 percent of Democrats said they approved of Congress, down from 55 percent last month. That included a 12 percentage point drop among Democratic women, though support from Democratic men remained steady.

    Approval by minorities also fell a dozen points to 39 percent, with a similar reduction among people whose family incomes exceed $75,000.

    By region, the steepest drop was in the Midwest, where approval fell by 10 percentage points to 28 percent. Congress' highest approval was in the Northeast, where four in ten gave it a positive rating.

    As for Pelosi, D-Calif., her overall approval of 45 percent stood 10 points higher than Bush's and Congress'.

    She was seen favorably by 52 percent of women, but only 39 percent of men. While whites are closely split about her, minorities approve of her job by a 15-point margin.

    Pelosi's numbers are about where she was last month but slightly lower than in January. In the last month, she has lost significant support from younger voters, college-educated women and Westerners.

    "Voters are frustrated by the fact that the president refuses to change direction on Iraq," said Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly.

    Bush's approval ratings are lowest for his handling of Iraq and domestic issues including health care, with about one-third seeing him favorably. About four in 10 like the job he is doing on the economy and foreign policy.

    Men give the president higher grades than women do, whites higher than minorities, and married people higher than singles.

    The AP-Ipsos survey involved telephone interviews with 1,000 adults. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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    AP Manager of News Surveys Trevor Tompson and AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.[/quote]

    Looks like it's one and done for the Dims.....
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    Way to be proud of your party sucking as bad as the Democrats, man times are tough. You will take pride in just about anything.

    You should be thankful for polls like this, that way you can ignore everything else wrong with your sh!tty party.

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    [QUOTE=cr726]Way to be proud of your party sucking as bad as the Democrats, man times are tough. You will take pride in just about anything.

    You should be thankful for polls like this, that way you can ignore everything else wrong with your sh!tty party.[/QUOTE]

    Despite the criminal liberal media bias, the public is very dissatisfied with the commies.

    Like I said, one and done..... :yes:

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    Everyone hates the democrats. Everyone hates the republicans. What better time for a third party to emerge.

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    [QUOTE=Mavrik]Everyone hates the democrats. Everyone hates the republicans. What better time for a third party to emerge.[/QUOTE]

    But who will lead it? I would love to find an independent worth voting for. I am sick and tired of the Democrats and Republicans. The country is going down the toilet and they are the reason for it!

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    Has anyone heard from Jetdawgg about this? He usually likes to keep us posted on the disapproval rates in our land and also n the fortunes of the Dem congress :D

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan][url]http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/4796730.html[/url]



    Looks like it's one and done for the Dims.....[/QUOTE]

    Interestingly the same AP/IPSOS Poll had congressional approval at 26-27% in December 2006 (the last month of Republican controlled Congress). So this most recent poll actually shows the public has an approximately 10% more favorable view of the Democratic Congress vs the Republican run congress.

    Whats even more interesting is that this poll shows Nancy Pelosi is far more popular than either Bush or Congress!

    I guess this cofirms what we saw in the national poll of November 2006.
    Unless there is a 3rd party, i would not jump to the conclusion of "one and done". The Republicans have not done anything to change their unfavorable view

    [url]http://www.pollingreport.com/CongJob.htm[/url]
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    [QUOTE=MnJetFan]But who will lead it? I would love to find an independent worth voting for. I am sick and tired of the Democrats and Republicans. The country is going down the toilet and they are the reason for it![/QUOTE]

    Blumberg

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7]Interestingly the same AP/IPSOS Poll had congressional approval at 26-27% in December 2006 (the last month of Republican controlled Congress). So this most recent poll actually shows the public has an approximately 10% more favorable view of the Democratic Congress vs the Republican run congress.

    Whats even more interesting is that this poll shows Nancy Pelosi is far more popular than either Bush or Congress!

    I guess this cofirms what we saw in the national poll of November 2006.
    Unless there is a 3rd party, i would not jump to the conclusion of "one and done". The Republicans have not done anything to change their unfavorable view

    [url]http://www.pollingreport.com/CongJob.htm[/url][/QUOTE]

    Actually, the Democratic controlled Congress has a 29% approval rating.

    Bush has a 33% approval rating.

    [url]http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=27589[/url]

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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan]Actually, the Democratic controlled Congress has a 29% approval rating.

    Bush has a 33% approval rating.

    [url]http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=27589[/url][/QUOTE]


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    [QUOTE=DeanPatsFan]Actually, the Democratic controlled Congress has a 29% approval rating.

    Bush has a 33% approval rating.

    [url]http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=27589[/url][/QUOTE]

    Not what the poll showed.
    [QUOTE]The survey found only 35 percent approve of how Congress is handling its job[/QUOTE]

    Look at this site
    [url]http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=27589[/url]

    Where did you come up w 29%??

    By the way Pelosi still has a higher approval than both Bush and Congress :D

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7]Not what the poll showed.


    Look at this site
    [url]http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=27589[/url]

    Where did you come up w 29%??
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    Right from that link....[/COLOR]

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    Congress Approval Down to 29%; Bush Approval Steady at 33%
    Both ratings are slightly lower than 2007 averages

    by Joseph Carroll

    GALLUP NEWS SERVICE

    PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup Poll finds continued low levels of public support for both Congress and President George W. Bush. Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Congress, down slightly from last month's reading (33%) and this year's high point of 37%, while Bush's approval rating is holding steady at 33%. Both the ratings of Congress and the president are slightly lower than their respective 2007 averages. Approval ratings of Congress are higher among Democrats than Republicans, while Bush's ratings are much higher among Republicans.

    Congressional Job Approval

    According to the May 10-13, 2007, Gallup Poll, 29% of Americans approve and 64% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional approval is down 4 percentage points since last month, and is 3 points lower than the 32% average measured during the first five months of the year. The high point for the congressional approval rating so far this year was the 37% approval measured in February. Although ratings are quite low, Americans have been more positive in their assessments of Congress this year than last year, when an average of just 25% approved of Congress.

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    GREAT, our entire government sucks...awesome.

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    [QUOTE=JetFanTransplant]Congress Approval Down to 29%; Bush Approval Steady at 33%
    Both ratings are slightly lower than 2007 averages

    by Joseph Carroll

    GALLUP NEWS SERVICE

    PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup Poll finds continued low levels of public support for both Congress and President George W. Bush. Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Congress, down slightly from last month's reading (33%) and this year's high point of 37%, while Bush's approval rating is holding steady at 33%. Both the ratings of Congress and the president are slightly lower than their respective 2007 averages. Approval ratings of Congress are higher among Democrats than Republicans, while Bush's ratings are much higher among Republicans.

    Congressional Job Approval

    According to the May 10-13, 2007, Gallup Poll, 29% of Americans approve and 64% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional approval is down 4 percentage points since last month, and is 3 points lower than the 32% average measured during the first five months of the year. The high point for the congressional approval rating so far this year was the 37% approval measured in February. [B]Although ratings are quite low, Americans have been more positive in their assessments of Congress this year than last year, when an average of just 25% approved of Congress[/B].[/QUOTE]

    Different poll. But shows the same things. Americans are not happy with congress today but approval ratings are better (not by much) than they were for the republican run congress last year

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    Useless poll: People don't vote for "congress." They vote for their own congressman.

    Congress as a whole is always unpopular. The question is, how do the races look in the very few districts that are genuinely up for grabs.

    The answer there is that there is next to no chance that the Dems lose control of Congress next year, or even 8-10 years after that.

    It really takes a massive event --like a bungled war-- to turn congress over more quickly than that.

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    The only reason Demos are having a tough time in congress is cause Bush keeps vetoing everything and Republican's are still listening to him... :yes:

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    [QUOTE=PMCRW]The only reason Demos are having a tough time in congress is cause Bush keeps vetoing everything and Republican's are still listening to him... :yes:[/QUOTE]


    And if ACME hadn't shipped all of its manufacturing jobs to China, Wile E. Coyote might of caught the Road Runner...

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    [QUOTE]The only reason Demos are having a tough time in congress is cause Bush keeps vetoing everything[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, right, he's vetoed what, one bill?
    The problem with the 'rats is that Peloosly, Reid, fat teddy, et al, are all far left liberals and most of the new 'rats on the hill are not--they're mostly moderates, so they ain't gonna bow to the looney left's wishes. The most the 'rats have accomplished is held all kinds of witch hunts; none of which are worth a wooden nickel.

    [QUOTE]It really takes a massive event --like a bungled war-- to turn congress over more quickly than that.[/QUOTE]

    So what "bungled war" brought the 'pubs into power in '94?

    [QUOTE]The country is going down the toilet and they are the reason for it![/QUOTE]

    Well, then, let's all drink some of Jim Jones' koolaid and let the illegals have this "toilet" country! Geesh, what a bunch of doom and gloomers! We're only the most wealthy, powerful, advanced, nation in history, but "we bad!"

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