Fox News Poll: Congressional Democrats More Popular Than Bush
by Todd Beeton, Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 08:44:29 AM EDT
Much has been made lately of congress' plummeting approval ratings and for good reason. Not only have they reached historic lows (even lower than 1994 and 2006) but they make George Bush seem popular by comparison.
Newsweek, June 18-19:
Gallup, June 11-14:
NBC/WSJ, June 8-11:
LA Times/Bloomberg, June 7-10
Many on the left, right and Broder have interpreted this trend as an indictment of the Democrats because a. they hold the majority and b. they promised a lot of change that they just haven't been able to deliver, and therefore, next year, as in years past with record low approval ratings, voters may just throw the Democratic bums out. But what if we actually look at how people rate Democrats in congress vs. the institution as a whole? The latest Fox News poll asks just that and the results tell an entirely different story.
First it should be noted that, as per his trend lately, George Bush receives his lowest rating ever in a Fox News poll: 31%.
As for Congress, rather than asking for an overall approval rating, the Fox poll splits the question by party.
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Democrats in Congress are doing?
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing?
In other words, congressional Republicans are the ones who are less popular than Bush, not the Democrats. You got that, Broder?
The net favorability of -13 that Democrats enjoy is no prize but it certainly kicks the ass of the Republicans' -26 and shows that people still perceive Republicans as the problem despite the fact that Democrats hold the majority. But of course that won't stop the NRCC from using congressional approval ratings to argue for a return to Republican power. It's all they have.Update [2007-6-29 18:22:19 by Todd Beeton]: New CNN/Opinion Research poll concurs:
Fifty-three percent of 907 poll respondents who are registered voters said they would vote for a Democratic candidate for Congress if elections were held today, compared to 41 percent who said they would vote Republican. And 51 percent of the 1,029 respondents said they have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, with 38 percent reporting an unfavorable opinion. Fifty-three percent said their opinion of the GOP is unfavorable, compared with 36 percent who said it is favorable.There are also some serious warning signs for Democrats, however, which are consistent with the drop in approval over the past few months as a result of caving on Iraq.
49 percent, said they disapproved of what Democratic leaders in Congress have done since taking over in January. Forty-two percent said they approve...In May, 49 percent of poll respondents approved and 44 percent did not.Congressional leaders clearly hope to reverse these trends with their plans to revisit Iraq withdrawal in July:
57 percent said they believe Democratic control of Congress is good for the country, as opposed to 31 percent who said it is not.
In November, the same month midterm elections were held and Democrats assumed control, 67 percent of poll respondents said Democratic control of Congress was good for the nation.
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