Breaking Myth: Low Polling Numbers A Referendum On Democrats

You see the sentiment everywhere; congress is at record low approval and it’s because of the Dems. Gopper tea leave readers think this is an opening for Republicans to take back the Congress.

And it’s true, after a minor bump following the election, our numbers have taken a nose dive as a Congress, but is that really a referendum on how Democrats are behaving in the White House? I, and more importantly, the polls don’t think so.

As I’ve said in the past, polls are dropping due to the fact that Congress isn’t liberal enough. It’s not anti-war enough. This is largely due to Republican obstructionism, not due to Democrat anything (other than perhaps the Democrat unwillingness to play chicken with the troops).

So when we look at the most recent ABC/WaPo poll, Republican approval stands at 34%, while its disapproval is a remarkable 64%, almost perfectly in line with Bush’s abysmally high disapproval ranking.

On the other hand, if we were to look at the Democrats alone, we would see them standing with a 46% approval rating and only a 51% disapproval rating, the highest ratings of the majority party in at least ten years as the polling trend data shows.

So the next time you run into some wild eyed commentor screaming incessently about how low Congress’ approval rating is, or the next time your conservative coworker makes a case that the Republicans might take back the majority, do me a favor and smack them upside the head with these numbers.

(h/t to a very astute commentor at this post over at Crooks and Liars)

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