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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Three months before the midterm elections a record number of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of their own representative in Congress -- a potentially chilling signal for incumbents that marks the depths of the public's political discontent. Both political parties, for their part, are near their all-time lows in popularity. Just 41 percent in this national survey approve of the way their own representative in the U.S. House is handling his or her job, the lowest in ABC/Post polls dating back a quarter century, to May 1989. Fifty-one percent disapprove.

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PARTY TIME – The grimmest score is the GOP's: A mere 35 percent express a favorable impression of the Republican Party, a number that's been lower just twice in polls since 1984 – 32 percent last October, just after the partial government shutdown in a Washington budget dispute; and 31 percent in December 1998, immediately after the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

The Democratic Party is seen favorably by more Americans, 49 percent in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. But that, similarly, is one of the party's lowest popularity ratings on record in 30 years.

The Democrats' 14-point advantage in favorability may look like an edge in the midterms, and indeed it may make them less vulnerable than they'd be otherwise. But other elements factor into election math, including turnout, which customarily favors the Republicans; the number of open Senate seats each party has to defend, higher this year for the Democrats; competitive House seats, which as noted are few; the quality of individual candidates; and the presence or absence of an overarching theme that can galvanize voters in one party's favor, which has yet to emerge.

The Democrats get a little boost out of their better in-party rating, and also benefit from the fact that there's more of them – 32 percent of Americans identify themselves as Democrats, vs. 22 percent who say they're Republicans, basically where it's been, on average, since 2009.

The Democratic Party also gets a lift from independents; they frown on both parties, but more on the GOP (31-61 percent, favorable-unfavorable) than on the Democrats (a 41-50 percent split).

Independents, who tend to be less favorably inclined toward politics in general, are notably annoyed with their own representative: just 35 percent approve, while 56 percent disapprove. Approval rises to slightly fewer than half of Democrats and Republicans alike.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-08-06 11:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

Three months before the midterm elections a record number of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of their own representative in Congress

That is HUGE and could be a game changer. Most people have always disapproved of Congress, but the majority always felt THEIR rep was one of the good ones.

All bets are off in 2014 if this poll is correct.

#2 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-06 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

"turnout, which customarily favors the Republicans"

A mere 22 percent, but they don't sit on their hands in a morass of indecision and doubt, they go out and vote because they know if they don't they will have no voice at all.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2014-08-06 12:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

I live in a gerrymandered Black district (Florida 5th). If every registered Republican voted we would still lose.

#4 | Posted by jdmeth at 2014-08-06 03:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don't worry Congress, your ratings are still higher than Putin's.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-07 07:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

I live in a gerrymandered Black district (Florida 5th). If every registered Republican voted we would still lose.
#4 | Posted by jdmeth

Don't forget to say "thanks" to your GOP governor, GOP president of the state senate, and GOP speaker of the state house!

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-07 04:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Government policies for the last thirty years have been disastrous and some citizens are starting to notice.

#7 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-07 05:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Both political parties, for their part, are near their all-time lows in popularity."

What this should signal is less partisan loyalty. I don't know if that will happen but it's pretty silly for folks to remain loyal to a party, especially if they are so unhappy in the first place.

I wish folks would realize that by voting party line for so long, they are screwing themselves.

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-07 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I live in a gerrymandered Black district (Florida 5th).

States are permitted and sometimes required to create new majority-minority districts under the Voting Rights Act to avoid diluting minority voting strength during redistricting. redrawingthelines.sitewrench.c
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#9 | Posted by et_al at 2014-08-07 07:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Talk about gerrymandering: I live closer to my former congressman than I do to my current congressman. In my town, the county formerly was split in two, now it has been hacksawed up...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-08 08:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

Charles Lewis: 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity

"935: False Statements by Top Bush Administration Officials on Iraq's Possession of WMD and Links to Al Qaeda."

The winner is George Bush, with a whopping 260 lies; followed by Powell, with 254; Rumsfeld, with 109; Fleischer, at 109; Wolfowitz, 85; Rice, 56; Cheney, 48; and McClellan, 14. The only surprise here is Cheney's low number, but it is clear that if the chart were continued until today, Cheney would be the winner. Bush has learned to keep his mouth shut since he stepped down from office; Cheney continues to step in it, smearing himself with the excrement that comes from his mouth every time he speaks. Lewis provides an interesting question. Are these people so delusional that they actually believe what they say? If so, why do Americans keep electing madmen as their leaders? You could say, then, as long as these people continue to be elected, that 935 Lies is as much an indictment of the country's voters as their leaders. A second truth chart shows just how many times during the past seventy-five years it took forever to get action about issues that were harming all of us -- asbestos, lead paint poisoning, black lung disease, tobacco, agent orange, to mention only five.

Lewis's take on journalists and their reluctance to pursue corporate malfeasance is particularly hopeless. Big corporations have so much money that they can undertake massive lawsuits against newspapers, knowing quite well that the newspapers cannot afford to fight back. There's the additional conflict of lost revenue from corporate advertising that further compromises what gets published in the first place.

#11 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-08 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

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