October 13, 2005

A 32 percent approval rating.

For Congressional Republican leaders, according to a new Pew Research poll. The bad news for Democrats: their Congressional leaders also have a 32 percent approval rating. But the NYT reports on swelling Democratic hopes for the 2006 election. After all, the disapproval ratings are different, with the Republicans festering at 52 percent, and the Democrats somewhat less targeted for contempt at 48 percent.

8 comments:

Gerry said...

We live in interesting times, the least of which is within poll numbers. There are so many things happening within them that do not have historic parallels. Something for tea-readers of every ilk!

Gerry said...

For what it is worth, I know you were poking fun at them trying to draw a distinction between 48 percent and 52 percent on the disapproval side. But it really really is a weak distinction for them to try to make. First there is the margin of error. Second is the fact that this is a poll of all adults, and since the poor and minorities tend Democratic AND tend to have lower turnout percentages on election day than the electorate at large, polls of all adults tend to paint a slightly rosier picture for Democrats than would be reflected at the ballot box (the generally accepted shift is about 3 points).

Nick said...

You'd think that the stories in the newspapers wouldn't be "Democrats see hope" or "Republican poll numbers have them in despair"... but rather... "Polls show that Americans hate all politicians". I think thats much more accurate given the numbers.

AJ Lynch said...

Amen Nick!

Stories like these demonstrate how the MSM is gleeful whenever it finds a supposed nugget or tiny glimmer of evidence that the Dems may overtake the Republicans.

Sadly, a real neutral media would be calling and perhaps rooting for a strong alternative to the two dominant parties.

Goatwhacker said...

It's amusing that Democrats are encouraged by finding they're a bit less disagreeable than Republicans. But judging purely by my personal opinions, maybe there is something to the poll.

After voting GOP for the last several elections, I'm ready to consider voting for a moderate Democrat. The GOP has lost its way and is a far cry from the Contract With America fiscally conservative party of the 90's. What may save the GOP is that I doubt the Democrats will nominate any moderate candidates.

Bruce Hayden said...

What they seem to be forgetting is that people often hate all politicians, except their own representatives. Some how, they are ok.

CO Rep. Tom Tancredo has recently come to national prominence for some of his public statements. A lot on the left despise him. His constituants love him, and, I am sure, will return him to office next time handily.

Of course, I could find just as many on the left who I think are just as bad - and who routinely get reelected by large margins.

ricksamerican said...

". . . swelling Democratic hopes for the 2006 election."

Delusional, as usual.

Noumenon said...

I wonder how many of the people responding to that poll could accurately tell you which of the two parties currently controls Congress?