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  • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

    Originally posted by joecct View Post
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    • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

      Gallup tries to answer the question posed in the thread title.

      Now on August recess, members of Congress returning to their districts may receive a skeptical reception from constituents, as 14% of U.S. adults approve of the job Congress is doing, down slightly from 17% in July.

      ...

      A majority of Americans (54%) have an unfavorable opinion of Boehner, who is in his third term as speaker. Meanwhile, 23% view Boehner favorably, down slightly from 27% in March of this year and his lowest favorable rating as House speaker.

      ...

      McConnell saw his influence on Capitol Hill expand in immeasurable ways after the 2014 midterm elections gave his caucus 54 seats, making him the Senate majority leader. But this promotion has done little to elevate his brand with the American public -- nearly twice as many see him unfavorably (41%) as favorably (22%), comparable to ratings of the past several years.
      My only question is, who are those 14%? Who can possibly view this Congress positively?
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      • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
        Gallup tries to answer the question posed in the thread title.



        My only question is, who are those 14%? Who can possibly view this Congress positively?
        Dead voters?
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        • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

          Originally posted by joecct View Post
          Dead voters?
          I dunno. Post-living Americans have always struck me as a skeptical demographic.
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          • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
            I dunno. Post-living Americans have always struck me as a skeptical demographic.
            Solid D voting block in Baltimore City.
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            • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

              Originally posted by joecct View Post
              Solid D voting block in Baltimore City.
              And the cops make more every day.
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              • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                And the cops make more every day.
                I don't there has been a cop homicide in Charm City in quite a while. The locals are doing a very good job without outside help.
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                • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

                  Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                  Gallup tries to answer the question posed in the thread title.



                  My only question is, who are those 14%? Who can possibly view this Congress positively?
                  Here's a more important question to ask: Is the 86% confined to just a couple of districts so that incumbents were neither primaried nor voted out?

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                  • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

                    Originally posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
                    Here's a more important question to ask: Is the 86% confined to just a couple of districts so that incumbents were neither primaried nor voted out?
                    Usually 14% say Congress is bad, but 86% support their representatives in Congress. Blame the other guy/gal for the nation's problems has got to end. I propose complete replacement.
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                    • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

                      Originally posted by joecct View Post
                      Usually 14% say Congress is bad, but 86% support their representatives in Congress. Blame the other guy/gal for the nation's problems has got to end. I propose complete replacement.
                      In my district, the incumbent hasn't won since before 2008. Granted, 2008-2010 and 2012-2014 was the same face...

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                      • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

                        Originally posted by joecct View Post
                        Usually 14% say Congress is bad, but 86% support their representatives in Congress. Blame the other guy/gal for the nation's problems has got to end. I propose complete replacement.
                        I've had plenty of reps that I didn't care for. Culberson, Jackson-Lee (wouldn't take an R over her under the circumstances, but would gladly take a different D), whoever it was when I was in Bryan.

                        Also wasn't much of a fan of Cornyn, and let's not even discuss Cruz.

                        I guess I'm not in the 86%.
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                        • Originally posted by Craig P. View Post
                          I've had plenty of reps that I didn't care for. Culberson, Jackson-Lee (wouldn't take an R over her under the circumstances, but would gladly take a different D), whoever it was when I was in Bryan.

                          Also wasn't much of a fan of Cornyn, and let's not even discuss Cruz.

                          I guess I'm not in the 86%.
                          Preferring Jackson-Lee over anyone at all tells me you need to recalculate your coordinates.
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                          • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

                            Originally posted by joecct View Post
                            Usually 14% say Congress is bad, but 86% support their representatives in Congress.
                            Makes sense, though. It's the same reason people think everybody is a bad driver except them. "I hate politicians who pander; what Trump says about building that wall makes sense!"
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                            • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                              Makes sense, though. It's the same reason people think everybody is a bad driver except them. "I hate politicians who pander; what Trump says about building that wall makes sense!"
                              Don't forget the senior senator from the Empire State. It must be the water.

                              They're both Democrats, you know.
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                              • Re: The 114th Congress: How Low Can They Go?

                                As alluded to, the 86/14 split has two sides...one understandable...the other problematic. Congress is a body that competes with your congressman's goal of extending your voice. That's easy to understand and as it should be. The problematic side is that most recognize that congress should work together to get things done at which its mediocre...and that its steeped in special interests.
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