Democrat-led US Congress Approval Rating now SINGLE DIGIT

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  1. faceking

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    Yawn.

    We've seen this canard before. There's a difference between approving of a nameless, faceless body and approving of the individual members of that body.

    Approval ratings for actual members of Congress: (source)
    Alabama: Shelby 60%, Sessions 56%, Bush 45%
    California: Feinstein 49%, Boxer 50%, Bush 31%
    Iowa: Grassley 69%, Harkin 54%, Bush 28%
    Kansas: Brownback 55%, Roberts 50%, Bush 39%
    Kentucky: McConnell 57%, Bunning 49%, Bush 37%
    Massachusetts: Kennedy 60%, Kerry 52%, Bush 22%
    Minnesota: Coleman 48%, Klobuchar 62%, Bush 32%
    Missouri: Bond 55%, McCaskill 51%, Bush 30%
    New Mexico: Domenici 63%, Bingaman 58%, Bush 39%
    New York: Schumer 61%, Clinton 52%, Bush 26%
    Ohio: Voinovich 46%, Brown 50%, Bush 31%
    Oregon: Wyden 61%, Smith 45%, Bush 32%
    Virginia: Warner 59%, Webb 51%, Bush 30%
    Washington: Murray 57%, Cantwell 53%, Bush 30%
    Wisconsin: Kohl 58%, Feingold 56%, Bush 34%

    Of the states SUSA sampled last month, Bush's best performance was in Alabama, where he tied the worst-performing Senator, Gordon Smith. House numbers are hard to come by, but even the vilified-from-the-right Nancy Pelosi routinely scores in the mid-40's.

    Of course, there's a certain homestate pride in these results. You might interpret these numbers as, "Congress sucks, but my congressperson is okay." Not true: When pollsters ask these questions to a nationwide audience, the "Don't know/Never heard of" numbers go up, but the approval/disapproval numbers maintain their relative parity: For example, in this nationwide poll of Senator Feingold, his approval rating is 50% when the "don't know" responses are excluded. Joe Biden? 44% Chuck Hagel? 52%

    A low approval rating for the thing called "Congress" isn't comparable to the president's personal approval ratings.
     
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    Faceking you got....
     

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    Is Bush going to run against Congress in November?

    Have popularity polls of presidents versus Congress (as a whole) ever meant anything?
     
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    He's going to run for First Lady.
     
  6. D_Thoraxis_Biggulp

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    Hey, if being First Lady qualifies you for President, why not vice versa?
     
  7. mista geechee

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    Exactly.

    What needs to be said about the wonderful branch of math known as statistics (and probability).

    A man named Albert Einstein once said : " As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality , they are not certain ; and as far as they are certain , they do not refer to reality. "
     
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