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Rating the Government: Wrong Direction and Not Liked

The latest poll’s by Gallup and The Economist / YouGov have revealed that the majority of American voters disapprove of President Obama, disapprove of Congress, and believe the country is on the wrong track.

Obama’s Approval Ratings (Gallup):

  • Approve- 46%
  • Disapprove – 49%

Obama’s Approval Ratings (The Economist):

  • Approve – 44%
  • Disapprove – 53%

Congressional Approval Ratings (The Economist):

  • Approve – 9%
  • Disapprove – 69%

Direction of Country (The Economist):

  • Right Direction – 27%
  • Wrong Track – 65%

Overall, the latest approval ratings for the government are dismal and highlight the flaws in the political system. Congress achieved a nine percent approval rating, a number that is worrisome and likely influenced by Republicans inability to accomplish anything and the current House Speaker drama.

In terms of Obama’s ratings, they are pretty average based on his ratings throughout his presidency and are not a cause for concern. He has been an unpopular president due to his early promises of change that he was unable to follow through on due to a stubborn Congress.

The majority of Americans do not believe in the current elected officials, which translates to their policies. Most see our foreign policy in the Middle East as a disaster and our loss of credibility to the Russians. In addition, the Iran Deal was seen as a failure by most Americans who do not understand its purpose. With such a low confidence in the American government, it becomes easy to see why presidential and congressional approval ratings are so low.

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Americans Largely Dissatisfied, Oppose the Iran Deal, Congress, and the Government in General

A recent poll by Quinnipiac has revealed the state of dissatisfaction that the majority of Americans feel towards the government in general and their overall stance on domestic and foreign policies.

Do you approve of Barack Obama?

  • Approve – 43%
  • Disapprove – 52%
  • Not sure – 5%

Do you approve of the Republicans job in Congress?

  • Approve – 17%
  • Disapprove – 75%
  • Not sure – 8%

Do you approve of Democrats job in Congress?

  • Approve – 29%
  • Disapprove – 63%
  • Not sure – 7%

Are you satisfied with the direction of the country?

  • Very satisfied – 2%
  • Somewhat satisfied – 25%
  • Somewhat dissatisfied – 31%
  • Very dissatisfied – 42%
  • Not sure – 1%

Do you approve of Obama’s foreign policy plan?

  • Approve – 39%
  • Disapprove – 55%
  • Not sure – 5%

Do you approve of Obama’s Iran deal?

  • Approve – 35%
  • Disapprove – 56%
  • Not sure – 9%

Do you support or oppose the deal?

  • Support – 28%
  • Oppose – 57%
  • Not sure – 15%

Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?

  • Support – 53%
  • Oppose – 40%
  • Not sure – 7%

Do you support Obamacare?

  • Support – 43%
  • Oppose – 52%
  • Not sure – 5%

In general, the results of this poll are fairly typical. The majority of Americans oppose the Iran deal, Obamacare, and depending on the location of voters, same-sex marriage. Obama’s approval ratings have consistently remained at the current totals and Congress continues to drop in popularity as they oppose the president and filibuster legislation that they dislike. The rift between the president and Congress will always exist and it is something that cannot be solved so long as the country is divided by partisan politics and on strict party lines.

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Majority of Americans Believe Partisan Politics Divide the Country

A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports has revealed that the majority of Americans believe that President Barack Obama and the current Congress frequently disagree due to partisan politics and the party divide.

President Obama and Republicans in Congress oppose each other on most major issues facing the nation. This opposition is due mostly to:

  • Fundamental differences of opinion – 22%
  • Partisan politics – 70%
  • Not sure – 8%

It has been a longstanding tradition for the two major parties to disagree with each other on every major issue. The current political climate punishes candidates who back an idea that wasn’t proposed by their party. Politicians are always worried about giving a point to their opposition or to lose face and look like they are getting soft towards traditional liberalism or conservatism. This is a major flaw and something that needs to be fixed. Sadly, it never will be fixed as it would require a complete overhaul of the current political system.

Demographics:

  • Male 50%, Female 50%
  • 18-39 (31%), 40-64 (51%), 65+ (18%)
  • White 73%, Black 12%, Other 15%
  • Republican 31%, Democrat 35%, Other 34%

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Majority of Americans Believe Obama and Congress Should Cooperate

A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports has revealed that a large portion on Americans believe that President Barack Obama and the United States Congress should work together for the better of the country.

1,000 likely U.S. voters were asked their opinions about the relationship between the president and Congress.

Which is more important?

  • For each body to stand for their beliefs – 16%
  • For the two bodies to work together – 79%
  • Undecided – 5%

Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans want the two major political forces in the country to work together. Obama and Congress have been longtime enemies. Congress has worked tirelessly to undermine Obama’s authority (think John Boehner), while Obama has also used his presidential authority to block Congress from passing certain bills. Partisan politics are a fact of life in the United States. The country is heavily divided on party lines and average Americans are forced to choose between two parties that fail to look out for them.

The Demographics:

  • Male – 49%
  • Female – 51%
  • 18-39 – 30%
  • 40-64 – 52%
  • 65+ – 18%
  • White – 73%
  • Black – 12%
  • Other – 15%
  • Republican – 31%
  • Democrat – 35%
  • Other – 34%

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Breaking down the Effectiveness and Morality of Congress

A recent poll by Rasmussen Reports has revealed that the majority of Americans do not believe in Congress and the morality of the system.

The poll asked 1,000 likely U.S. voters what they thought about Congress. 48 percent of voters were male and 52 percent were male. In terms of age, 29 percent of voters were 18-39, 53 percent were 40-64, and 18 percent were over 65. 73 percent of voters were white, 12 percent were black, and 15 percent identified as a different race. Lastly, 31 percent were Republican, 35 percent were Democrat, and 34 percent identified with a different party.

  • How do you rate the way that Congress is doing its job?
    • Excellent – 3%
    • Good – 10%
    • Fair – 29%
    • Poor – 56%
    • Not sure – 2%
  • Members of congress get reelected because:
    • Doing a good job – 14%
    • Rigged – 65%
    • Not sure – 22%
  • Are members of Congress willing to sell their votes?
    • Yes – 59%
    • No – 16%
    • Not sure – 25%
  • Do you believe your member of Congress has sold their vote?
    • Very Likely – 26%
    • Somewhat likely – 30%
    • Not very likely – 23%
    • Not at all likely – 5%
    • Not sure – 16%
  • How do you rank the member of Congress from your district?
    • More liberal – 28%
    • More conservative – 29%
    • Same as you – 31%
    • Not sure – 12%

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Majority of Americans Believe the U.S. Is Heading in the Wrong Direction

Today is Independence Day and with it the United States celebrates its freedom and overall commitment to democracy. A recent poll by The Economist and YouGov has revealed that the majority of American citizens do not believe in the president, Congress, and the overall direction of the country.

The poll was conducted between June 27 and 29 and asked 1,000 American citizens over the age of 18 several questions. The margin of error was 4 percent.

Obama Approval:

  • Disapprove – 49%
  • Approve – 48%

Congress Approval:

  • Disapprove – 58%
  • Approve – 13%

Direction of Country:

  • Wrong – 60%
  • Right – 32%

Assessment:

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings continue to remain stagnant. This is a normal trend that Obama hasn’t been able to break for most of his presidency. These numbers will not change as he rides out his final term and the most Obama can do at this point is pick a nominee for the Democrats and encourage voters to side with them.

In terms of Congress, their approval ratings continue to remain low as the majority of Americans have become fed up with a political system which is so divided on party lines and petty politics. In most cases, Congress isn’t interested in passing meaningful legislation, but instead, they seek to score victories purely on party lines at the expense of American voters. Today’s Congress is best labeled as wasteful and unproductive.

It is not surprising that the majority of voters are angry with the direction of the country. The United States lacks both a clear foreign policy and has no domestic policy to speak of. It is impossible for the country to head in the right direction if there is no direction for the country to head in, and the politicians leading this country are clearly to blame for that. While Obamacare still exists, it is not enough and needs to develop into a system similar to Canada or Britain, Republican leadership are content committing the U.S. to another armed conflict, and big business continues to dominate the American landscape.

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Midterm Assessment: 59% of Voters Expect the Republican Congress to Be a Disappointment

Rasmussen Reports, 11/4 – 11/5

Midterm Assessment

The Republicans may have seized both the U.S. Senate and Congress, but a recent Rasmussen Reports poll has revealed that voters have little confidence in them and believe that they will be a disappointment.

How likely is it that most voters will be disappointed with Republicans in Congress before the 2016 elections?

  • Very likely – 36%
  • Somewhat likely – 23%
  • Not very likely – 19%
  • Not at all likely – 7%
  • Undecided – 15%

The results of this question, more than anything, demonstrate the current political climate in the United States. Voters do not believe in either of the major parties and they see them as corrupt entities who only serve their own ambitions.

The majority of females believe that the Republicans will be disappointing, and this result is not surprising. The Republicans are not known as a party who advocate women’s rights, and in many cases, they outright dismiss them with backwards beliefs that are deeply rooted in religious rhetoric.

The poll did not directly address the Republican Senate, but it would be safe to say that voters would likely feel the same way. Now that the Republicans control both major political institutions, it will be interesting to see how they do. Like the Democrats, they will be held to a strict standard, and all of their failures will be amplified.

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Congressional Control: Voters Believe the Republicans Are Poised for Big Gains in This Year’s Elections

Rasmussen Reports, 10/29 – 10/30

Congressional Control

A new Rasmussen Reports poll gauged voter opinion on who they believe will control the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate following this year’s elections.

How likely is that Democrats will win a majority in the House of Representatives this November?

  • Very likely – 12%
  • Somewhat likely – 22%
  • Not very likely – 26%
  • Not at all likely – 25%
  • Undecided – 14%

Even though most of the failures attributed to the current Congress can be blamed on the Republicans, both parties suffer from petty partisan politics that have led to a massive breakdown of relations in Congress and its inability to accomplish anything of value. It is not surprising that the majority of voters, 51 percent, believe that the Democrats will concede even more control of the House of Representatives to their opponents.

How likely is that Republicans will win a majority in the Senate this November?

  • Very likely – 22%
  • Somewhat likely – 40%
  • Not very likely – 20%
  • Not at all likely – 4%
  • Undecided – 15%

The results of this question are even less surprising. The Democrats currently control the U.S. Senate with 53 seats to the Republican’s 45. However, the lack of any meaningful legislation might convince voters to try a Republican Senate, even if it has no potential to benefit them at all. The average voter is fed up of the current political climate.

If Democrats win control of Congress, will there be a noticeable change in the lives of most Americans?

  • Yes – 51%
  • No – 32%
  • Undecided – 17%

Voters believe the Democrats are the better party, but they demonstrate a willingness to vote Republican, it’s paradoxical. Both parties have their specific platforms, but the Democrats tend to offer a neutral platform for the majority, while the Republicans focus on policies that benefit the minority of the population.

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Congressional Ratings: 8 Percent of Voters Believe Congress Is Doing Good

Rasmussen Reports, 10/23 – 10/24

Congressional Ratings

Rasmussen Reports has just released a poll cataloging the catastrophe that is known as the 113th United States Congress. Voter opinion is at an all-time low as the current Congress continues to plummet deeper and deeper into the political abyss.

Rate the job Congress is doing

  • Excellent – 3%
  • Good – 5%
  • Fair – 27%
  • Poor – 62%
  • Undecided – 3%

In fact, voters have such a low opinion of Congress that only 8 percent of them believe that they are doing a good job. 62 percent believe they are performing poorly. This is a clear indication of the current political climate in the U.S. People don’t trust politics and they certainly don’t trust politicians to help them with their problems.

The poll asked voters if they believe that the current Congress passed any meaningful legislation, 69 percent said no, 11 percent yes, and 20 percent were undecided. It also asked what the role of Congress was. 55 percent responded that Congress should pass good legislation, 35 percent noted that its goal is to prevent legalization from becoming law, and 9 percent were undecided.

Why do 35 percent of voters believe that Congress exists to stop legislation from being passed? By its very nature, it is designed to pass new laws that are geared towards improving the country. Voters hate the “do nothing” Congress, but they believe that Congress shouldn’t pass laws, a true paradox.

The majority of voters, 80 percent, believe that politicians only care about party leaders and executives, while 10 percent believe that they care about the voters they represent.

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Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats and Republicans Split at 40

Rasmussen Reports, 10/6 – 10/12

Generic Congressional Ballot

  • Democrat – 40%
  • Republican – 40%
  • Other – 6%
  • Undecided – 15%

Rasmussen Reports has released their latest poll, the generic congressional ballot which looks at who voters would choose in an election, their opinion on Barack Obama, the direction of the country, and which issues they believe are the most important.

The party vote was split evenly at 40 percent for both parties. Voters are unsure of which party to vote for as both of them are clearly flawed.

In terms of demographics, the poll was 31 percent Republican, 36 percent Democrat, and 34 percent other.

Obama’s approval ratings are nothing fantastic, but they have remained statistically static in the mid-high 40s. Currently, his approval rating is 47 percent, down slightly from 48 on the previous poll. Many question his leadership and his overall ability to lead the United States, while others suggest that he can’t accomplish anything with the current Congress.

In support of this, 65 percent of the voters believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction, while only 27 percent support it. A lot of this has to do with the conflict in the Middle-East. The decision to commit is one that splits the country in half, but in reality, many voters are tired of seeing the U.S. committed to fighting in countries that provide no direct benefit to them.

In terms of issues, 35 percent of voters ranked the economy as the most important issue. This is not surprising, as most Americans want to see an increase in wages, their standard of living, and other economic gains. Both domestic issues and national security tied at 18 percent, while fiscal issues received 14 percent of the vote.

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