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Voters to both parties in both houses: Drop Dead!

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Good thing the ballot choices for Nov. 2's national midterm elections don't include "None of the Above."

Or voters would turn Congress upside down.

That's because a new Gallup Poll out this morning finds barely one-in-three Americans approves of the job being done in Congress by either party -- 32% approval for Republicans and 33% for Democrats.

Gallup finds the parties' ratings near the low end of what they've been historically -- the 30% bottom for Democrats in December of 2007 11 months after they took control of both houses and the 25% for Republicans in December of 2008 at the end of you-know-who's eight years of policies.

Since the start of Obama's term in early 2009, the Democratic ratings have been sliding downward while the usually lower GOP ratings have remained low but steady.

According to Gallup's analysis, this new poll should temper GOP joy over its recent rise on the generic congressional ballot. This is not because voters have become fond of Republican policies, whatever they are.

But because voters don't like what Democrats have been doing -- and if you don't like McDonald's in American politics, there's only Burger King to choose from. Not counting those who opt for the Librarian Party. (Just checking if you're reading closely; we meant Libertarian.)

Nor are voters liking much of what any incumbent is doing.

So might this broad bipartisan disaffection smother the turnout come Nov. 2?

On Tuesday, a Gallup Poll on the generic congressional ballot found the two parties tied, in marked contrast to other recent polls showing a widening Republican lead in party preference. (See Related Items below.)

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Gee wiz, who woulda thought that raising taxes and spending like a drunken sailor would be unpopular during a recession.

Quick throw another TRILLION on the fire!

You can try to pawn this off as anti-both party sentiment until you're red in the face. But the truth is that most of the middle voters have realized what a con job was pulled on them in 2008 when they elected an idealistic dim wit with no perception of the real world and then turned his Pelosi/Reid cronies in Congress loose on the nations money.

Result? Another 5 trillion in debt and another 3% unemployed since the idiot took office. Nice recovery package!

I cannot wait to see all of these idiots Democrats go packing in November!

I wasnt in the poll, so let me say this, I DONT LIKE ANY POLITICIAN! THEY ARE ALL CRIMINALS AND IF THEY'RE NOT, THEY WILL BECOME ONE OVER TIME. THEY DONT CARE SQUAT ABOUT THEIR CONSTITUANTS. HERE IS MY STAND, ANYONE ELECTED PRESIDENT MUST CHANGE TO "INDEPENDENT". ALL BILLS BEFORE THE HOUSE MUST BE DISPLAYED ON LINE SO THAT VOTERS CAN REVIEW THAN VOTE WHICH WAY THEIR REPRESENTATIVE MUST VOTE. CONGRESS AND SENATE MUST VOTE BY WAY OF THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS IN THEIR DISTRICTS. THEY ONLY WAY THEIR VOTE WOULD CHANGE THAT WOULD BE TO BREAK A TIE. Its too bad that it is already too late to save this country, but hey, the Italians survived the crumbling of the roman empire..

I totally agree with the prior opinion.This little arrogant loser is a thin skinned non leader who wants to RULE. From his "yopu push me and I push back harder" made me cringe.What president talks like that...I"ll tell you-NONE..except this measley community org.
I have never bveen so snxious, angry and fearful as I have since he arrived on the scene.
November can't come soon enough!!! Let this racist piece of dirt crawl back into the wall with his czars.

ONE solution...vote out the crooked, career incumbent, sitting on her/his fat azzes (some so large, they qualify as two or more!) while lobbyists dump millions into their pockets, TAX FREE. Pelosi doesn't have to touch money....she just makes sure friends & family are aware of multiple personal, shall we say, 'opportunities.' I seriously doubt Feinstein or Boxer have 'held their own' in terms of FAMILY wealth...but all that is hidden, in our 'democracy.'

I'm surprised that Congress gets even a one-in-three approval rating. I can only assume that that one isn't paying much attention.

This is useless information, and why doesn't the "expert" author understand that it is useless? Republicans disapprove of democrats. Democrats disapprove of republicans. Consequently, "barely one-in-three Americans approves of the job being done in Congress by either party". But most agree that "their" elected person is doing a good job. It has been like this for years. Can we get some informative, useful information?

What all of us need to remember is that the left and the right, the republicans and democrats, the liberal and conservative - are all the same party. They may appear to be distinct parties, but that's just to fool voters.

Interesting how The Times uses numbers from different years to make their biased points. You can't make any valid comparison of apples and oranges. Only Congress can ontrol our nation's taxing, spending, annual deficits and total national debt (read the Constitution). Democrats have held total control of Congress since 2006. They could have said "no" to Bush or Obama during or since that time. Democrats voted for massive corporate bail outs and massive deficit spending. Both have proven fruitless, did nothing for unemployment in the private sector, and increased our total debt to its highest point in history. Republicans didn't have to do anything to tick off the electorate, Democrats did that to themselves by using our credit cards...but we're stuck with the bill. Polls indicate Republicans will gain some seats in the House and Senate in November. If they take over Pelosi and Reid's positions, and don't have sound fiscal policies, they'll be gone in two years. If Democrats keep control of Congress, they will have to stop the spending and debt, or the next President and Congress will both be Republican. We'll see what happens...

there is no difference between the parties, except one hates business and the other hates the environment. Both ignore the middle class.

This article is an obvious attempt to deflect anger away from the Democrats in Congress and the White House who, given a super majority, have wrecked havoc on the country. No, the Republicans are no band of angels, not by a long shot. But, the Democrats ignored all dissenting voices, hidding behind closed doors when necessary, to launch an epic and ultimately ineffective spending spree. Their hubris has known no bounds, going so far as to publicly denounce the Constitution as subservient to their whims. If the Republicans are even given such a super majority and act that way, I will then condemn them both equally. However, that has never happened.

In their perception of both parties, the American people are dead-on 20-20, but the trick just enough of us succumb to, which keeps the whole evil game going, is in the voting for candidates of either party IN FEAR OF THE OTHER. When we all just STOP voting for either major party'candidates, the possibility exists an indie may win; but even if the major party you loathe more wins, and in such numbers because the former suckers of the other party stopped voting for them, the system would collapse. Governments can not govern without support of a certain minimum number of people. If the "bad" party were to take its majority to the direction it wants to go, and there were no superficial opposition to keep sucking us into the system by voting for them next time, the enemy would be exposed as corporate-run govt per se, and we all would finally have something, united, to loathe together, and defeat, and replace, to fix the evils they created for us.

DON'T VOTE FOR ANYONE RUNNING AS A MEMBER OF A MAJOR PARTY. IT JUST KEEPS THE WHOLE CRAP GAME GOING (AND US LOSING).

The government is not your friend. The government is your enemy. The government hates you. The government is the terrorists.

Right on the button. It is hard to think that politicians could sink any lower but nowdays it seems that all they are interested in is keeping their jobs racing from election to election and to heck with what the public wants or needs. I have little faith in either party today with their extreme agendas and this is from an older W/M who is very conservative, served in the military and worked in federal law enforcement for 35 years. After 8 years of that idiot son of a rich Texas oilman I was hoping that 'Bama man could turn things around but it's almost like the system is broken and can't be fixed with both sides pointing fingers at each other for the mess. It's no wonder I am a registered Independent.

There should be a "none of the above" options on all ballots - local, state and federal. And when the majority of voters select "none of the above" the person/party/assembly is turned out of office and a second election held from which those turned out are excluded. In European nations it is called a vote of confidence, or a vote of no confidence. In these United States we the people are afforded few choices -- metiocrity does not rise above itself, yet competence immediately recognizes genius. Do you suppose that is why the Founding Fathers were comprised of exceptional intellects that devised an exceptional form of governance?

Since the Democrats won control of Congress in 2006, which controls the budget and law making, the economy has been in a tailspin.

They reject the marvelous self-checking system of capitalism, and instead embrace the failed central planning ideals of the Soviet Union. The coin of their realm is need, instead of ability. Increase your needs, and you receive more. Increase your ability and they will take more. Guess which increases?

If Goldman Sachs had been allowed to go into bankruptcy, just like Lehman Brothers, because of their poor management, then banks that didn’t take those same foolish risks would buy their assets cheaply. That would be their reward for conservative management. The business that Goldman use to do would be done by the better managed company and the economy would be stronger for it.

Instead Obama bailed out his biggest “donor” and it is business as usual, and the companies that were as “conservative as a banker”, received no reward. They were actually punished by having to accept bailout money and conditions they didn’t want, just to help disguise which banks were strong and which were weak.



This number simply tells us that our political system is out dated and useless. Our representatives starting from the president down to congress has not been reflecting our opinion on carrying out the national issues. Majority of the citizens are against the health care reform, financial reform, cap&trade,TARP, Stimulus package but the congress and our president passed it totally ignoring the majority's opinion. Obama is proposing for further stimulus after failing miserably failing with the first package. They are all barking at the wrong tree. The problem is the basic structure. We have vountarily gotten rid of our manufacturing jobs by out of controlled union worker's benefit packages and by increasing the minimum wage by the congress. We need to bring down the minimum wage to $5/hr and eliminate all the government worker's union. Get rid of 35% of federal government employees and the budget across the board and implement term for congress and senate to 12years max. Eliminate department of energy and education and homeland security and federal employees retirement package and have 401k and social security and medicare to take care of their retirement package. All the other union needs to have the same benefit through out the country. This will eliminate billions of dollars of pension deficit in Federal,state, country and city budget. We need to bring back the manufacturing jobs and unless our workers wage become competitive again against the foreign workers wages we will never have the good time we have seen in the past. Every body need to tighten their belt for the future generation.

Republicans run up the largest deficits in American History
and David Stockman(Reagan's Budget Director)
states that "Republican Economic Policies from Reagan to Bush II
have ruined the American economy.

Both Parties share the blame equally.
Vote all incumbents out of 0ffice!

It's interesting to see the media polarized either to the left or right and the citizens think both sides have been terrible lately. At least the Republicans pretend they'll spend less and waste less of our money. Both parties work for the Chamber of Commerce, they have for years.

Broke - That's right, I forgot that when Obama was handed the keys to the country our economy was in great shape, the country was as strong and together as it's ever been, George W Bush never tried to increase the power of the federal government and never gave billions of dollars in bail out funds to bankrupt companies; in short, everything was perfect because W managed our country perfectly and we were in a much better place than when when he became president in 2000. Damn that Obama for screwing everything up in less than 2 years. It's obviously all Obama's fault and had nothing to do with the policies of the previous president and Republican dominated House and Congress (from 1994 until 2006). And if you believe all that, you are just as smart as your post implies you are.

Let me also say that I am far from happy with the job Obama has done, but if you feel all this is his fault, then you are too biased and blind to the real issues to even be worth listening to.

Point is that both parties are screwing us and both parties have done an awful job for the people of this country. It is not one or the other, but both. Anyone who says one side is really better than the other and will fix all the problems we are facing is just plain dumb. Both parties just keep screwing the American people while expanding their own wealth and creating a full on political class (one of the reasons the Roman empire died out and could lead to the same for us). The goal of both the Republicans and the Democrats is to keep us arguing over issues that really have no bearing in our day to day lives (abortion, mosques, gay people, etc.) is so that they can distract us while they keep stealing our money via pay raises and lobbying gifts.

Broke, just like a majority of Americans, has bought into the BS (which really isn't Broke's fault, our education system has been awful no matter who is in charge and that leads to massive amounts of people who can't think critically and just buy into whatever limited world view a politician sells to them). Neither side is any good and neither side intends to kill the golden goose and fix anything. Two choices basically means we get one idiot or the other, it's just one idiot supports one group of special interests and the other idiot supports a different set. Two choices is not a choice and our whole political system is broken. The fact is that the Republican and Democrats are in cahoots together to keep our options limited to only the two parties. So, come election time we get the same weak candidates that we get every year and the basic decision is "should I cut off my arm or my leg?" Either choice is a bad choice and it's always a lesser of teo evils. Unfortunately, our political system requires massive amounts of money and neither side would ever give up it's power (even if it would benefit all of America), so we're basically screwed unless we do something drastic. I hope we can change it (though I doubt we will). If only it were as easy as voting, but in a two party system it can never be that simple. Especially when you involve Democrats or Republicans. Anyone who really thinks that their party is really that much better than the other party has drank the Kool Aid and both parties thank you for not thinking for yourself.


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