Sooner rather than later:
The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category.
Last month, 11% of voters gave the legislature good or excellent ratings. Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008.
The percentage of Democrats who give Congress positive ratings fell from 17% last month to 13% this month. The number of Democrats who give Congress a poor rating remained unchanged. Among Republicans, 8% give Congress good or excellent ratings, up just a point from last month. Sixty-five percent (65%) of GOP voters say Congress is doing a poor job, down a single point from last month.
Voters not affiliated with either party are the most critical of Congressional performance. Just 3% of those voters give Congress positive ratings, down from 6% last month. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe Congress is doing a poor job, up from 57% last month.
Just 12% of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11% to 13% throughout 2008. The majority of voters (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation to improve life in America.
Hope and change. With a Democratic majority.
Are you hearing this trumpeted on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN. NPR, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times or other MSM outlets? No? Hmm... I wonder why that is.
Via Don Surber.
UPDATE: Harry Reid, Chief Butt Hat on the Left, blames Bush for Congress' low poll numbers:
“Any time you have a president who is down so, so far in poll numbers, it drags down city council members, it drags down any elected official — including us, and we recognize that,” Reid said, adding that he met Monday night with a group of pollsters and consultants, one of whom put Bush’s approval rating at 11 percent.
That’s significantly lower than other public tracking polls, which recently have registered Bush’s approval rating as hovering around 30 percent.
Reid also cited Senate Republicans’ efforts to block legislation — primarily through the use of filibusters — as a contributing factor for low poll numbers.
But Rebecca Fisher, spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said “it’s embarrassing that Democrats won’t take responsibility for their own inaction and are trying to deflect their failures onto the president.
Harry Reid is an embarrassment to humanity.