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Are voters really tired of Congress?

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:00 am

It really isn’t that long until we start seeing all the election banter for the 2014 midterm races. In fact, we are seeing some of it already as the public appears extremely tired of Washington, and for that matter, many of our elected officials at the state level.

However, much of the discussions sound familiar, meaning many are already crying foul, saying that changes are needed and none of our current lawmakers should actually be elected.

We heard the same talk in 2010, then again in 2012. The question now becomes are voters actually going to do something about it?

NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 83 percent of Americans disapprove of the job being done by Congress, the highest level of disapproval it has ever notched in the poll.

President Obama isn’t doing much better, with his approval rating hitting 45 percent, dropping 3 points in a single month to its lowest level since an August 2011 poll, which had him sitting at a 44 percent approval rating after the debt-ceiling nonsense.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Americans, and they don’t paint a good picture for either Democrats or Republicans.

In the poll, 57 percent of those polled said they would vote to replace every single sitting member of Congress if such an option were available.

The only problem is when faced with the same incumbents in past elections, voters have yet to walk the walk. We continue to talk the talk. We are tired of the games, the partisan politics and we are going to do something about it. However, look at Sen. John McCain – his approval rating remains low, yet for some strange reason he has been able to be a career politician because he is never voted out of office.

The only reason Arizona has a new senator is because Jon Kyle finally resigned, leaving the door open for Republican Jeff Flake to squeak past Democrat Richard Carmona.

While many of our sitting lawmakers choose to call these polls biased, fake or rigged – the obvious message is no matter what the result they aren’t listening to constituents anymore.

The majority of Americans have wanted stricter background checks for acquiring guns – the bill failed. The excuse – those polls are flawed.

Then, we have the ongoing sequester because neither side could come to the table to negotiate what was best for the nation moving forward. Republicans have a point in that we need to curtail spending, but Democrats also have a good point on the programs that need funding. In the end, it didn’t matter and both sides are now in the wrong.

Then, we have the president. In the poll, 56 percent of those asked said they were uncertain, or pessimistic about the rest of Obama’s presidency, a jump of 8 percent since January.

As his presidency continues, his inability to lead is becoming more and more clear. While his narcissistic has him injecting his opinion too often in local issues and racial tensions when he should be focusing on economy, leading Congress and making the lives of all Americans better.

But, as stated above, we did reelect him despite our disdain for how Washington seems to be going.

The disdain mentioned above is pretty even – the poll also showed there is a split over which party should be running Congress. Of those asked, 44 percent said Republicans should control Congress after the 2014 elections, while an equal 44 percent said they want Democrats to be the majority.

No matter what, we’ll see how tired Americans really are with Congress in 2014.

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1 comment:

  • John Flanagan posted at 2:31 pm on Wed, Jul 31, 2013.

    John Flanagan Posts: 333

    It is interesting how the American people poll when the issue is about the actions of Congress. The Wall Street Journal findings that 83 percent of voters disapprove of Congress could apply to many times in our tumultuous history,with the exception of World War II, when everyone rallied around the Stars and Stripes. We will have to push through this period of partisan fighting and hope that eventually there is some consensus. In my view, and some disagree, President Obama and his policies have generated diviseveness to historical proportions, and instead of building bridges to cooperation, he and the Democrats have constructed walls. The main issues of contention can be reduced to the Democrat's love of high taxes, excess spending, centralized political and bureaucratic power, and cult like media adulation of Obama as some type of Camelot royalty above criticism for his failed policies. As for the Republicans, I salute their positions for traditional marriage between one man and one woman, their consistent pro-life support of the unborn, their fiscal approach to responsible spending. However, I deplore some Republican neocons who want to keep us continually engaged in foreign wars. There is need for better political leadership, but it seems more difficult because Americans are as divided as their leaders in these days.

     

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