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Congress very low in Americans' esteem

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Congress somewhere below cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickelback in Americans' esteem

Our newest national poll finds that Congress only has a 9% favorability rating with 85% of voters viewing it in a negative light. We've seen poll after poll after poll over the last year talking about how unpopular Congress is but really, what's the difference between an 11% or a 9% or a 7% favorability rating? So we decided to take a different approach and test Congress' popularity against 26 different things. And what we found is that Congress is less popular than cockroaches, traffic jams, and even Nickelback.

Here's what we found:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/01/congress-somewhere-below-cockroaches-traffic-jams-and-nickleback-in-americans-esteem.html

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I want to marry this article.

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Their approval ratings are so abysmal nationally and yet most of them are like fortresses in their own districts, so entrenched by their constituents that we can't get rid of them.

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The problem I see with this is that while approval ratings of Congress is slightly below that of Osama bin Laden around 65% of the likely voters think that their representatives are doing a good job.

Don't hold your breath for anything to change.

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Their approval ratings are so abysmal nationally and yet most of them are like fortresses in their own districts, so entrenched by their constituents that we can't get rid of them.

It's because alone they represent what you actually want from Congress, then you put them all together and it's like a tank full of male beta fishes.

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It's because alone they represent what you actually want from Congress, then you put them all together and it's like a tank full of male beta fishes.

I think that is probably it. I am kind of mixed though. It’s a given that you can’t compromise with Socialism so I do give the GOP high marks for at least pretending to be tough and stand their ground. They are the only ones standing between this nation staying a Constitutional Republic or becoming a Dictatorship. This deal they made on this first fiscal cliff makes me wonder if they caved? All though Boehner’s motive seems to be: ok, you’ve got your tax hike on the rich, now, how ‘bout those spending cuts. But Obama isn’t interested in spending cuts so I have to wonder if the GOP just gave away far too much? Obama will use this rating to attack the GOP (not Congress). What is amazing is that *this* President has the ability to twist any crap and people will just eat it up. That is dangerous for the future of this nation, so the longer we can see gridlock in Congress, the GOP will receive high marks from me. In my eyes, only the Socialists rate the 9%. The problem locally is that all my representatives are Socialist and will never even acknowledge me.

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I think that is probably it. I am kind of mixed though. It’s a given that you can’t compromise with Socialism so I do give the GOP high marks for at least pretending to be tough and stand their ground. They are the only ones standing between this nation staying a Constitutional Republic or becoming a Dictatorship. This deal they made on this first fiscal cliff makes me wonder if they caved? All though Boehner’s motive seems to be: ok, you’ve got your tax hike on the rich, now, how ‘bout those spending cuts. But Obama isn’t interested in spending cuts so I have to wonder if the GOP just gave away far too much? Obama will use this rating to attack the GOP (not Congress). What is amazing is that *this* President has the ability to twist any crap and people will just eat it up. That is dangerous for the future of this nation, so the longer we can see gridlock in Congress, the GOP will receive high marks from me. In my eyes, only the Socialists rate the 9%. The problem locally is that all my representatives are Socialist and will never even acknowledge me.

D-dad? Lol, just kidding, but you do have many of the same complaints my father does. So your congressman is part of the actual Socialist party? Or do you just see the D after their name and think it's an S, just because it's not an R?

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Wow less popular than Nickleback,thats pretty unpopular.

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D-dad? Lol, just kidding, but you do have many of the same complaints my father does. So your congressman is part of the actual Socialist party? Or do you just see the D after their name and think it's an S, just because it's not an R?

Do you think those complaints are not legitimate?

My Representative and Senator is most definitely Socialist. Both are also liars but the Senator is just blatant about it. And I thought this state got rid of the good’ol boy system. The only thing that happened was that the old blood was replaced by the new blood.

Show me the proof that the “D” hasn’t been replaced by “S”?! And the “R” isn’t much better because too many times “R” turns into “RINO” which is pretty much an “S” anyway. The “R”s that count are actually “C” or even “L” (not liberal) :-)

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Do you think those complaints are not legitimate?

My Representative and Senator is most definitely Socialist. Both are also liars but the Senator is just blatant about it. And I thought this state got rid of the goodÂ’ol boy system. The only thing that happened was that the old blood was replaced by the new blood.

Show me the proof that the “D” hasn’t been replaced by “S”?! And the “R” isn’t much better because too many times “R” turns into “RINO” which is pretty much an “S” anyway. The “R”s that count are actually “C” or even “L” (not liberal) :-)

Oh I think they're legitimate but I don't place the blame with Republicans, Democrats, Socialists, or Libertarians. It's career politicians. They're all cut from the same mold. Socialist? Republican? Who bloody cares, they're gonna lie to you no matter what to keep their pay checks.

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Oh I think they're legitimate but I don't place the blame with Republicans, Democrats, Socialists, or Libertarians. It's career politicians. They're all cut from the same mold. Socialist? Republican? Who bloody cares, they're gonna lie to you no matter what to keep their pay checks.

I’ll agree with you that part of the problem is also the career politician but the primary issue is ideology. It is not so much “Party” as it is ideology. But it seems that “Party” no longer properly represents the ideology. We’ve had 5 party systems in this country in its history, perhaps it’s time for the 6th?? It is basically between the Socialists and the Conservatives/Libertarians.

But Socialist ideals are counter to the Constitution. That’s the main issue. We need to either embrace the Constitution or create a new one and embrace Socialism and follow the rest of the world. But someone willing to give up their freedom and liberty must have some kind of mental defect and shouldn’t be made to make such a choice.

But once we establish ideology, then we can go after the career politicians. But on the other hand, perhaps if we establish term limits, that will encourage more Conservative candidates to come forward?? Yes, we need term limits but more importantly, we need to exercise Socialism from our system. This house cannot stand divided, half free and half slave. It is just as true today as it was in Lincoln’s day.

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise—with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."

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I think that is probably it. I am kind of mixed though. It’s a given that you can’t compromise with Socialism so I do give the GOP high marks for at least pretending to be tough and stand their ground. They are the only ones standing between this nation staying a Constitutional Republi

I hate to tell you we are no longer a constitutional republic. Your Constitution is trampled daily by actions of the Oligarchy. We are a Consumerist socialist system.

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I hate to tell you we are no longer a constitutional republic. Your Constitution is trampled daily by actions of the Oligarchy. We are a Consumerist socialist system.

I disagree. I think the Republic is still there (hurting very badly) but I do think that we are just a matter of 2 or 3 years away from losing it. I’ve always put my faith in the people but even that is beginning to wane and it’s almost coming to a point of waiting for divine intervention. But I suspect that years from now, reality will hit and the weakest, poorest will suffer beyond belief and we’ll see if the survivors will have the fortitude to pick up the pieces and rebuild the Republic as the Socialists will all have died out after living it up.

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I think there are other threads that deal with people not knowing what socialism is. ;)

On topic maybe if people would give their other reps the boot or gave a third party a try then maybe things would get better. But if you keep getting the same people in election after election there's not much that's going to change.

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I think there are other threads that deal with people not knowing what socialism is. ;)

Then I’d suggest you go join it.

On topic maybe if people would give their other reps the boot or gave a third party a try then maybe things would get better. But if you keep getting the same people in election after election there's not much that's going to change.

That alone will not work. We need to continue to boot the incumbent out over and over again until it no longer becomes appealing to stay as a politician. A third party won’t work. Firstly, it will become just as corrupt as the other two.

Then you’ll say, oh but we need a fourth party (etc., etc.), then no party will ever win the majority so then, they’ll have to form coalitions and coalitions do not represent the people.

And coalitions imply professional politicians otherwise coalitions don’t hold together. And nothing will change until we establish what the foundational ideology this nation will follow. Either the dreams of this President’s father or the dreams of our Founding Fathers? Your choice.

The trouble with these politicians is because we do not follow our foundational beliefs in the first place. Many in the GOP House are trying.

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The GOP is playing politics just as stupidly as the Democrats. They're no better.

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The GOP is playing politics just as stupidly as the Democrats. They're no better.

I agree with that. Politics will be politics. But the Conservative and Libertarian members of the GOP are established on a different foundation than the Socialists.

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I agree with that. Politics will be politics. But the Conservative and Libertarian members of the GOP are established on a different foundation than the Socialists.

Yeah, and it's still a horribly cracked and rotted foundation that panders to their demographic instead of actually doing what works.

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Yeah, and it's still a horribly cracked and rotted foundation that panders to their demographic instead of actually doing what works.

So you’re saying that the Constitution doesn’t work? Did it ever?

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So you’re saying that the Constitution doesn’t work? Did it ever?

The Constitution works, but if you think the anti-abortion, teach creationism in classrooms, anti-gay marriage right is actually going to protect it, well, sadly they've already ignored the First Amendment.

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My fav: Colonoscopies are not a terribly pleasant experience but at least they have some redeeming value that most voters aren't seeing in Congress: Colonoscopies 58 Congress 31

When you're less popular than a butt-o-gram you KNOW you need help.

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The Constitution works, but if you think the anti-abortion, teach creationism in classrooms, anti-gay marriage right is actually going to protect it, well, sadly they've already ignored the First Amendment.

Anti-abortion, creationism only, anti-gay stuff is individual freedom which is protected by the Constitution. The foundation of Conservatives and Libertarians is the Constitution. This is the only way that Socialists can attack the GOP. A Conservative/Libertarian will acknowledge these things as protected under the 1st Amendment. A Socialist would impose that on us. That’s the basic difference in each foundation.

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Anti-abortion, creationism only, anti-gay stuff is individual freedom which is protected by the Constitution. The foundation of Conservatives and Libertarians is the Constitution. This is the only way that Socialists can attack the GOP. A Conservative/Libertarian will acknowledge these things as protected under the 1st Amendment. A Socialist would impose that on us. That’s the basic difference in each foundation.

No. Forcing every woman to never have an abortion (even with my qualifier, only in cases of rape, incest and the mother's life isn't good enough), putting a well known fairy tale into a factual teaching setting, and preventing a certain group to enjoy the rights of others just because of their sexuality is not individual freedom, is forceful imposition on everyone.

You can tell your kids not to have to have an abortion, you can teach your kids creationism or take them to church, you don't have to get gay married.

But prevent a woman from getting one cause you think it's wrong? Teaching a religious view in public school paid for by tax dollars? Disallowing a group a right because of what they do behind closed doors? That's being forceful.

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Duh,They havent been in our good graces in about 100 years,I dont think they were ever liked,I Hate the lazy bums.

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No. Forcing every woman to never have an abortion (even with my qualifier, only in cases of rape, incest and the mother's life isn't good enough), putting a well known fairy tale into a factual teaching setting, and preventing a certain group to enjoy the rights of others just because of their sexuality is not individual freedom, is forceful imposition on everyone.

You can tell your kids not to have to have an abortion, you can teach your kids creationism or take them to church, you don't have to get gay married.

But prevent a woman from getting one cause you think it's wrong? Teaching a religious view in public school paid for by tax dollars? Disallowing a group a right because of what they do behind closed doors? That's being forceful.

I’ve been trying to stay focused on two points here and this keeps going way off topic. Create a new thread and I will respond to this (you may be surprised, maybe not?), otherwise, what I’m trying to say is that Congress is made up of different ideological groups and as long as this Administration can keep it confused, he can continue to attack the GOP and there are enough people still quaffing the koolaid. If he can weaken the whole, he can weaken the GOP. The Socialists are willing cannon fodder. They’ll fall on their sword en mass for their leader. Down in the trenches, a huge battle is raging on. The future of our nation is in the balance. The MSM will do whatever it takes to keep the people asleep of the facts.

It’s amazing that when we need to deal with runaway spending and a spiraling debt, the Administration will attack the GOP for being the party of “NO”, when that is their job and he goes off having Uncle Joe make a big show of gun control. It’s the same show we saw with the first fiscal cliff. Tell me, what of anything of value has the President really done? In my book this guy is worse than Carter.

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