Pew Poll: Congressional Favorability at 24-Year Low
The Democratic Congress continues its spiraling in poll numbers, no matter which pollster is doing the polling.
The Pew Poll is widely regarded by Democrats as accurate. Congressional Dems continue to get bad polling news, and here is some more, Pew has the Congressional Approval Rating at its lowest point ever:
“Americans are extremely displeased with Congress, and there are already some signs that this could take a toll on the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. Currently, 37% express a favorable opinion of Congress, while 52% hold an unfavorable view. Positive opinions of Congress have declined by 13 points since April and are now at one of their lowest points in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys.”
And the polling advantage that the allowed the Dems to take over Congress four years ago has evaporated:
“At the same time, intentions to vote Democratic in the next midterm election are markedly lower than they have been over the past four years. Voters are about evenly divided when asked how they would vote if the election for Congress were being held today: 45% say they would vote for a Democratic candidate in their district, or lean Democratic, while 44% say they would vote for a Republican or lean Republican. At about this point four years ago, Democrats led in the generic congressional ballot by 52% to 40% and went on to win a majority of the popular vote and regain control of Congress the following November.”
Pew also reports (newsflash) that:
“There is more intense opposition than support for health care reform legislation: 34% say they very strongly oppose the proposals while 25% favor these proposals very strongly.”
And what does the public care about the most? The economy. Only 20% cite health care as their top issue.
“The economy remains the most frequently mentioned problem facing the nation, but an increasing proportion of Americans cite health care. Currently, 55% mention the economy in general or one of several specific economic problems, such as unemployment or the financial crisis.”
The public’s focus on the economy, of course, explains perfectly why Congress is working so hard on health care.