Several recent indicators all point in the same direction. First up is a Reason-Rupe poll that reveals this vicious body blow:
Americans don’t paint a pretty picture of their public servants in the new national Reason-Rupe poll. Americans tell Reason-Rupe that 75 percent of all politicians are “corrupted” by campaign donations and lobbyists. And they say 70 percent of politicians use their political power to help their friends and hurt their enemies.
No wonder … President Obama’s approval rating is just 43 percent, with 51 percent disapproving.
Fox News released a poll shortly after that with a strong right jab that helped explain Obama’s eroding support in particular:
The latest Fox News poll shows that voters have little trust in the president these days, with 61 percent of respondents saying Obama lies about significant issues “most of the time” or “some of the time.” That includes 38 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents. This survey goes beyond the conventional “honest and trustworthy” measurement common in polls and tests the loaded term “lie.” For so many to say that the president lies is a big deal in a country where trust in government continues to crater. But there’s a more pressing, practical concern for Democrats as they try to cling to a Senate majority. The Obama 2012 strategy relied on using the trust voters placed in him. Obama could vilify his rival and still claim the high ground because American voters were inclined to take him at his word. That redoubt is no longer accessible to him and his party.
“If you like your plan or doctor, you can keep it” anyone?
Rasmussen delivers the closing uppercut to all of Washington:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people. That’s up six points from 47% last October and matches the previous high found in June 2012 during the last national election cycle. Just 28% disagree, while 19% are not sure.
Just six percent (6%) of voters now think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November.
I should emphasize this is not a poll of just anyone, but rather “likely voters.” Historically, these are the people who are the most informed, the most politically engaged, and the most likely to express their sentiments in the form of actual votes on election day.
In short, the country knows it’s being screwed by the entire crew in Washington DC. I think the question is what the reaction will be. Will people get mad and go vote for a real change, or will they simply throw up their hands in disgust and disregard politics in its entirety? We’ll know a whole lot more about the current culture of this nation in a few months.
At this point, there are so few genuinely good elected representatives that I think a good rule of thumb as you step into the voting booth next time is that if you can explicitly name three things – heck, even one thing! – the candidate has done that you like, go ahead and vote for him/her. If not, always vote the incumbent out. Either party. Always.
There’s my two cents.