Approval Ratings: President and Congress

According to Fox News, the latest approval ratings for the President show that 42% of the electorate approve of his performance while 51% disapprove. While that’s not unusual for a president in the middle of his second term, it bespeaks the very discontent with government that is making Trump and Sanders look so good in the polls.

More striking, however, is that Congressional ratings are 19% and 75%. That ought to scare the dickens out of the Republican Party, since they control both houses of Congress. McConnell assured us that Republicans know how to run a government. Perhaps they do but, if so, they are sure doing a good job of hiding their abilities.

As I recall, after the 2012 presidential election, there were two ideas which the Republicans broadcast widely. One was that their message was good but they just hadn’t done a good enough job of getting the word out. They were utterly blind to the obvious: Their message had been heard and rejected. The current situation, in which Americans are far, far more approving of Obama than of Republican leadership, confirms the point.

The second idea was that they were going to begin doing a much better job of reaching minorities. And here they are, cheering for a wall-building deporter. Hypocrisy among politicians is not exactly a rare commodity but Republicans are exalting it to new levels of absurdity.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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