A new New York Times/CBS Poll reveals that Americans have the lowest opinion of Congress than any time since they have issued the poll, with only 9% approving of the job Congress is doing.
Of course, the first question that comes to mind is – What is wrong with those 9%?
But there are a whole bunch of numbers in this poll that reflect how much mistrust Americans have for their elected representatives. Seven in ten think Republicans favor the wealthy and two-thirds object to tax breaks for corporations. A similar number favors increasing taxes on millionaires.
In the poll, 89% distrust that government will do the right thing. And then there’s this nugget…
With the nation’s unemployment rate at 9.1 percent, income inequality remains a palpable issue for Americans. Nearly 9 in 10 Democrats, two-thirds of independents and just over one-third of all Republicans say that the distribution of wealth in the country should be more equitable, even as a majority of Republicans said they think it is fair.
Much as the Republicans want to rail against it, these numbers mean that the majority of Americans believe that wealth distribution in this country is out of whack.
Look for these numbers to be used by both sides to bolster their cases, but Republicans will be reaching for straws. Theres not much here for them to be positive about.
There is one analysis I haven’t seen yet, and perhaps might be an interesting thing to look at. That is the relationship of presidential approval rating to Congress’. While the POTUS is hovering in mid 40′s, Congress is below 10%. How often has there been that large a delta between the two? And what have been the outcomes? The gut feeling I have is that when that delta has been bigger, the POTUS is much more likely to be re-elected, but Congress may be in deep trouble – on both sides of the aisle.