Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bush Approval Twice as High as Congress

Granted, a 36% approval isn't anything to get happy feet over, but considering the daily pounding he takes, I'd say the number is pretty good.

Considering the pathetic number the Nancy Pelosi Democrat Congress is at, however, he should be ecstatic.

Congress Approval Rating Matches Historical Low: Just 18% approve of job Congress is doing

PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup Poll finds Congress' approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007, Gallup Poll.

That 18% job approval rating matches the low recorded in March 1992, when a check-bouncing scandal was one of several scandals besetting Congress, leading many states to pass term limits measures for U.S. representatives (which the Supreme Court later declared unconstitutional). Congress had a similarly low 19% approval rating during the energy crisis in the summer of 1979.
The Democrats and their media enablers (who will probably ignore this story for the most part) will spin this as dissatisfaction that they couldn't get us out of Iraq quickly enough.

My take is the public sees a nonstop atmosphere of Bush-bashing and endless (and quite pointless) investigations, with virtually no track record of meaningful legislation in their first eight months.

Of course, Congressional Republicans shouldn't get too giddy over this, though this does present them with a fantastic opportunity to begin taking their message to the public and push an aggressive conservative agenda. While many longtime GOPers are retiring, there are plenty of fresh young faces out there, such as Florida's Adam Putnam, who need to sell the public on an agenda of prosperity and strong national defense. Contrasted with the Democrat message of higher taxation and cowardice, and you have a winning formula.

Get away from the nonstop gloom and doom, show a positive message and start the 2008 campaign now.

The Democrats may think they have a lock on the White House, but if they have Mrs. Clinton at the top of the ticket, she's not going to sell in flyover country and serious Congressional gains can be made.

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