Your Black Politics: Congress Approval Rating is the Lowest In History

5 Aug

barack obama, black politics, african american politics

The recent debt ceiling debate brought the nation the closest its ever been to defaulting on the country’s debt.   Also, Americans have shown that they would rather see their lawmakers focus on creating jobs than on cutting costs, at least according to a new New York T’imes/CBS News Poll.

The poll found that a shocking 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job.  This is the highest disapproval rating in the history of the poll, which started in 1977.  Four out of five Americans said that the debt ceiling debate was more about gaining a political advantage than about doing what’s best for the country.  Nearly 75 percent of respondents claim that the debate did harm to the image of the United States around the world.

President Obama was protected from much of the blame.  Instead, most of the blame was placed on the Republicans, who’ve engaged in fierce negotiating tactics designed to undermine the president.   Over 72 percent of those polled disapproved of how the Republicans handled the debate, while 66 percent disapproved of the Democrats.

President Obama came out better than Congress, with a disapproval rating of 47 percent.  Although he is better off than  his Congressional counterparts, this approval rating is a disappointment relative to recent poll results.

The Tea Party’s public image has also suffered.  Rather than seeing them as a group that makes America better, many are seeing them as a political obstruction.  The group is viewed unfavorably by 40 percent of the American public.  This is a large increase relative to the 29 percent disapproval rating they had back in April.  Many see the Tea Party and the Republicans as being the cause of the stalemate for their unwillingness to negotiate with the president.

Quite a few Americans agreed with the Republican argument that spending cuts are necessary, but felt that creating jobs should take priority.  Over 44 percent of the poll respondents claim that debt ceiling cuts were not deep enough.  But two-thirds of respondents said that job creation must be more important.  Also, half of all Americans felt that the debt ceiling debate should have included an increase in tax revenue.

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3 Responses to “Your Black Politics: Congress Approval Rating is the Lowest In History”

  1. Blkpanther August 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I’m not in the least bit surprised to hear about their ratings, especially the CBC, their’s should be -0 for their poor job performances…I did not know we still had black representatives in the congress, since the election of Obama, black people have been in a fast backward slide with most of us putting all of their bet on this mulatto who will not even acknowledge us, while he panders to his white half…I personally believe the 435 members of congress, 100 members of the senate, and the 1 in the white house, all need to be voted out of office and we start over from scratch…These people are not about the people’s business but corporations and their own, they only need us to vote to put them into office; once the’re in they no longer have a need for us until the next election cycle…

  2. Dr.Robert H. Miller August 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    I feel the BlkPanther ‘s angst about this administration and particularly Prez Obama. But kicking everybody out and starting all over again has been tried in some degree, and it got us the Tea Party candidates. Look, when have to find the good apples in a barrel of rotten ones, even then the good ones will be tainted. What can you expect, this is America, founded by thugs and so far has been operated by thugs. To start over would require , putting everybody out and selectively bringing them back, and you know what that would breed, the same old stuff. Obama is fighting a 1000 dragoons with one hand tied behind his back, so far he’s done okay, lets see what he does when he’s reelected, with a favorable Congress and Senate. We have yet to see this man truly fly, lets give him some wings and see what happens.

  3. Anonymous November 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Man, you are 100% right.

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