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calendar   Monday - April 19, 2010

no confidence vote?

Latest Pew and Rasmussen Polls: 8 in 10 Americans do not trust the government

Gallup Poll: Congressional Approval Up 7% - Because They Left For Vacation!!

Rasmussen: Obama IMPROVES to a -11 rating




Gosh, these don’t seem like very good numbers, do they?

Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they can’t trust Washington and they have little faith that the massive federal bureaucracy can solve the nation’s ills, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center that shows public confidence in the federal government at one of the lowest points in a half-century.

This anti-government feeling has driven the tea party movement, reflected in fierce protests this past week.

“The government’s been lying to people for years. Politicians make promises to get elected, and when they get elected, they don’t follow through,” says Cindy Wanto, 57, a registered Democrat from Pennsylvania who joined several thousand for a rally in Washington on April 15—the tax filing deadline. “There’s too much government in my business. It was a problem before Obama, but he’s certainly not helping fix it.”

Majorities in the survey call Washington too big and too powerful, and say it’s interfering too much in state and local matters. The public is split over whether the government should be responsible for dealing with critical problems or scaled back to reduce its power, presumably in favor of personal responsibility.



After twice passing the increasingly unpopular Obama healthcare legislation, both houses of Congress, both controlled by Democrats, left town recently for another of their frequent recesses.

BAM! The overall approval rating of Congress shot from its near-historic low of 16% to a whopping 23%, according to Gallup.

OK, 23% is only whopping here when it involves Sarah Palin. For Congress, it’s pathetic.

In fact, the Congress led by Democrats Speaker Nancy “I Can Get My Own Plane Anytime I Want” Pelosi and Sen. Harry “Stop Calling Me Happy!” Reid has a lower approval rating than Darth Vader from the George “I’m Sure the Iraq Troop Surge Will Work” Bush years.

Which helps explain why nearly 20 House Democrats have opted for voluntary retirement now, rather than risk mandatory layoff come the Nov. 2 midterm elections, given the nation’s apparent antipathy toward incumbents these days.



The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 29% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.

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Oh, and here’s a surprise for ya: 45% - 51% of Tea Party members are Democrats or Independents!

The Tea Party adherents broke down 28% independent, 17% Democrat and only 57% Republican. Not coincidentally, this bipartisan breakdown has been the way that Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin has often described movement members as “commonsense Americans” worried and angered by the over-reaching one-party control of Democrats in Washington these last 15 months, rooted initially in opposition to Obama’s $787 billion government economic stimulus package.

A new Gallup Poll out this morning of 1,033 finds nothing fringe about self-proclaimed Tea Party adherents; they are slightly more likely to be employed, male and definitely more conservative. But otherwise Gallup’s Lydia Saad writes, “their age, educational background, employment status, and race—Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.

And I’m certain that we have Obama to thank for that!

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Hey, it’s a start!




PS - I have to disagree with that last quoted part, but the article is talking about 3 different polls taken this weekend. Read the new Gallup Poll yourself: it sure looks like 43% Independent, 8% Democrat, and 49% Republican to me. Given that quibble though, Tea Party folks are getting 28% approval and 26% disapproval from the population at large, and their demographics are very very close to what an “average” American looks like. Bottom line: this ain’t no fringe group of extremists. It’s you and me and our neighbors: 17% of those polled said that they are part of the movement.


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