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Sen. Ted Cruz and House Speaker John Boehner
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The pathetic thing about these new numbers from ABC and the Washington Post...
Thirty-four percent approve of the performance of congressional Democrats, stable since last spring, up by 7 percentage points from the low about two years ago and just 6 points worse than the average in ABC/Post surveys since 1994. Sixty percent disapprove, a smidge (4 points) fewer than in December.

As for the Republicans in Congress, 25 percent approve, compared with a low of 20 percent in late 2011 and a 20-year average of 32 percent. Seventy-one percent disapprove.

...isn't just that Congressional Democrats and Republicans are at 34 and 25 percent approval, respectively—it's that those numbers are actually an improvement for both parties over the recent past. When you can look at 25 percent approval as a sign of progress, maybe it's time to get a little more ambitious and set higher goals for yourself.

Beyond the top lines, the most interesting thing in the poll is that the GOP's weak numbers are fueled largely by their civil war:

Painfully, congressional Republicans get only a 51 percent approval rating from Republicans themselves, highlighting the party’s popularity problems – including internal rifts over its Tea Party component – among its own core supporters. The Democrats in Congress, by contrast, get a much better rating, 64 percent, from self-identified Democrats in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.
Independents also view Republicans less positively than Democrats, but the GOP's own internal problems are driving most of the gap between the parties. The question is whether this dynamic will lead to an enthusiasm gap in November. In 2010, Republicans won in large part because their supporters voted, while too many Democrats stayed home. The key to 2014 will be reversing that.

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  •  so once again, what we see is (9+ / 0-)

    "People detest the Dems, but detest the Repugs even more." So the fact that 2 out of 3 voters think we suck, is a VICTORY.

    Embrace The Suck 2014.


    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:23:31 AM PST

    •  reality (0+ / 0-)

      Congress is only a reflection of an empire self destructing. best kept secret in America; if a nation has wars around the world it will also be war like within its own nation.

      Karma is a universal principle of cause and effect.  the world has yet to understand this principle. America is living proof of this.

      A nation that thinks the more guns they have the safer they are is a nation on the fast track to self destruction. America now has 300 million guns and is the most unsafe developed nation in the world. beliefs overwhelm evidence 99.999% of the time.

      Even the wild west collected the guns when the cowboys entered the city. welcome to America where they want to arm every man woman and child. amazing to view from a distance.

    •  VICTORY would require putting the American people (1+ / 0-)
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      Too big a sacrifice, it seems.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:59:22 AM PST

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  •  Well, then! (3+ / 0-)
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    Everybody Hates Congress
    Let's just fast-track everything. Who needs these dolts? Just think of all the money we'd save dissolving this august body altogether.


    This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

    by lunachickie on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:26:54 AM PST

  •  That Civil War is just getting started. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  wow! (3+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, RJDixon74135, Matt Z

    In 2010, Republicans won in large part because their supporters voted, while too many Democrats stayed home. //

    Im glad there is a think tank for this stuff or else we would all be lost!

    I wanted single payer. (please don't hurt me.)

    by Krush on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:30:48 AM PST

  •  What's even more pathetic (7+ / 0-)

    is the back-patting over passing a budget without a gov't shutdown or debt default.  So doing something necessary that they should do every year is what passes for a big achievement now?

    38, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

    by Mike in MD on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:31:53 AM PST

    •  sadly, YES (1+ / 0-)
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      Considering the brick wall obstruction the GOP/'T has been putting forth since President Obama's FIRST inaugural!

      America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

      by dagnome on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:43:43 AM PST

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  •  One good thing about Congress being so unpopular (2+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, a2nite

    is they don't have much public support for their Iran sanctions bill, which would scuttle the president's foreign diplomacy with Iran and could lead to a new Mid-East conflict.

  •  Evil on the R side, corrupt on the D side (3+ / 0-)
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    What is not to hate?

    •  I wouldn't say that Dems are corrupt, but I (0+ / 0-)

      would say that some Dems have stayed in Congress too long, have acquired too much power, and have blurred the line between campaign contributions and bribes. Maybe we need term limits. We definitely need public financing of elections. I see a lot of Ds complaining about the problem.

      I do see evil on the Republican side, and I don't see any Rs complaining about it.

      "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

      by RJDixon74135 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:15:54 AM PST

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      •  public financing is not required (0+ / 0-)

        just limit Senate and House campaigns to some low figure like $3000.

        Then there is no incentive to look for big money as you cannot spend it in the race

        Another shining sphere flies from Feior's hands, and you are frozen where you stand

        by GideonAB on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:26:25 AM PST

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    •  What I meant by 'corrupt' (0+ / 0-)

      When you take money to act in ways contrary to what you advertise yourself as, you are corrupt.

      R's are not corrupt. They are on the side of business and evil, and they make no bones about it. They would gladly feed the newborns of the non-rich to dogs if their masters so ordered.

      But D's are supposedly on the side of the non-rich. Yet, they take bribes ('campaign contributions') from the rich to act for the rich. Thus, they are corrupt.

  •  If everybody hates Congress (3+ / 0-)
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    Why do they keep voting these losers back in? Could it be that everybody hates  Congress as a whole more than their own representatives? I remember seeing a poll somewhere that supported that. Furthermore, a lot of Congress likes to point out how much they suck so that they can build themselves up in the eyes of their own constituents like Ted Cruz is doing.

    "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." - Oscar Wilde

    by macleme on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:45:50 AM PST

  •  Just how do we get our voters to the polls? (3+ / 0-)
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    hulibow, bufffan20, a2nite

    Through billboards? Tweets? Whatever the new social medium is?

    Just wish all Dems would vote!  Especially in Texas this year!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:45:57 AM PST

  •  I think if the voters had any say, both Parties (4+ / 0-)
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    The Dead Man, TJ, dinotrac, valkyrry

    would be removed from our political process. And if RICO were impartially, and energetically, enforced, I doubt either party would be allowed to continue as entities.

    We really live nowhere near a representative republic, nor democracy. Might as well have the British Houses of Commons and Lords setting policy for us, as relevant as our own Chambers are.

    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:46:49 AM PST

  •  I would hope the citizens would see thru (3+ / 0-)
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    and notice that while the Dems may very well be feckless, the Republicans in the house are downright EVIL and MEAN, and blinded by their hatred of the President.

    There's NO other way to explain the intransigence and determined obstruction of EVERYTHING that the President has attempted to legislate.

    This will continue until Americans come to their senses and vote Republicans and Tea Party idiots OUT of congress, and replace the ideological obstructionists with new level-headed congresspeople.

    We're FED UP with GOP obstruction...

    America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

    by dagnome on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:47:48 AM PST

    •  It's a shit sandwich / crap taco dilemma (2+ / 0-)
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      At least the Republicans are open about their contempt for the 99%.  The Democrats, with few exception, will make a pretty speech and then vote for/implement policies that still result in harming the 99%.

      Hell, Obama is hell bent on getting the TPP passed which essentially enslaves us to corporate rule.

      And he's doing it without being a visible asshole like Bush.

      Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

      by The Dead Man on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:56:31 AM PST

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  •  Generic polls are pretty meaningless (1+ / 0-)
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    If people really felt about Congress like they answered in these polls, we would never have career politicians.   But, the voters keep voting these guys back in year after year..

  •  A Majority Loves Their Congressperson But Hates (1+ / 0-)
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    everyone else's Congressperson.

    •  it is the Chris (0+ / 0-)

      Christie problem.

      People like what they think is the case.  Only when the curtain is pulled back, is their change

      Another shining sphere flies from Feior's hands, and you are frozen where you stand

      by GideonAB on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:29:54 AM PST

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  •  misinformed (1+ / 0-)
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    The local NC newscasts often talk of a dysfunctional congress--especially now with UE insurance cutbacks--but they never say which party takes which position.  "They" are not equally at fault--it is the Republican House that has closed the government.  Big business wants weak government--and is very happy to see government hated.  We need a Teddy Roosevelt to bust these trusts--we need a Walter Reuther to reinvent unions--we need an Earl Warren to protect minority rights.  Few on the horizon espouses all these goals--Sanders and Warren come to mind.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:53:36 AM PST

  •  My problem with Republicans is not Tea Party or (1+ / 0-)
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    Disco Party or anything like that.  It's as simple as this:

    They haven't done shit to help ordinary Americans, and ordinary Americans have been in a bad way.

    Even George W. Bush managed to spread some very helpful tax relief around to people who weren't billionaires.  

    Whether you consider either law good or bad, he also pushed for prescription drug coverage in Medicare and education refor (with Ted Kennedy, no less).  All the while supporting the fight agains AIDS in Africa.  Who knows what might have happened had there been no 9/11?  Even his disastrous support of TARP (along with Nancy Pelosi) came from a desire not to be a replay of Herbert Hoover more than a friend to Wall Street.

    Think about that. George W. Bush makes the current Congress look bad.

    We have very real problem here in the unwealthy part of the population.  Health care is one of them.  ACA is a terrible bill that may fall on its own petard if more young people don't sign up, but -- really, what in the hell have Republicans done? They can't even bring themselves to admit there's a problem, but I'm sure the solution is lower taxes for the richest people.  After all, they can buy any health care they need and we should reward them for that.

    I am philosophically conservative.  Historically, the Republicans should be a natural fit or, in the very least, an honorable lean.


    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:58:36 AM PST

  •  Keep in mind (1+ / 0-)
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    A lot of progressives have a low opinion of their Democratic Representatives because they are cowed by lobbyists and Republicans....

    Any Democrat that does not support putting a higher tax burden on the top 1%, and who supports cutting benefits of Social Security, falls into this camp.

    That could add to the low opinion of Democrats.  If only they'd act their principles....

  •  But...but Boehner has a plan for the WV spill. (1+ / 0-)
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    Well, not exactly a plan...
    (From ClimateProgress)
    "“We have enough regulations on the books. What the administration ought to be doing is doing their jobs. Why was this plant not inspected since 1991?” he asked at a weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

    Saying he was “confident” regulations were in place to protect people, Boehner continued that “someone ought to be held accountable. We need to look at those regulations that are cumbersome, over-the-top, and costing the economy jobs. That is where our focus is, and should continue.”

    The plant wasn’t inspected for more than two decades due to a loophole in regulations. Because the facility was only storing chemicals, not producing anything, inspections are not required under West Virginia law. "

    See, easing off regulations is the way to go.
    Btw, isn't the toxic spill heading for his cd?

  •  I don't hate Congress; I hate Rs & their voters (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:21:50 AM PST

  •  25% approve of Republicans in Congress. (0+ / 0-)

    That's an interesting number. It is just about the percentage of the population who identify themselves as Republicans. That means no one outside the Republican party approves of the Republicans in Congress.

    Jesus loves Republicans, and shares their hatred of homosexuals and Hilliary Clinton.

    by shoeless on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:23:29 AM PST

  •  'Congress sucks' because Democrats don't stand up (0+ / 0-)

    to toxic Republicans enough even to the point of accepting
    their asininity.
    It's a nonpartisan framing favored by the corporate media.
    We have to reframe this as 'Republicans suck' with 55%
    approving Congressional Dems and 25% approving of the GOOPs and unemployment benefits is the perfect ground on which to do that.

  •  "Everybody Hates Congress" (0+ / 0-)

    Because they're not all named Ray Romano.

  •  How's this consistent w. 13% approval of Congress? (0+ / 0-)

    Gallup: Congress Job Approval Starts 2014 at 13% (Jan. 14, 2014).

    Don't these people realize Congress is made up of Republicans and Democrats?

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 03:48:43 PM PST

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