Americans fed up with Bush and Congress

Americans are fed up with President George W. Bush, fed up with Congress and fed up with the government that controls so much of their lives.

Used-car salesmen rank higher in approval ratings than the President or the House and Senate. Osama bin Laden might top any of our elected leaders in a popularity poll.

With the death toll mounting daily in Iraq, entire neighborhoods emptied by foreclosures and the economy headed into the toilet, the national mood is bleak and the public holds the powers that be in Washington responsible.

The national mood is sour, the outlook grim and public confidence in our leaders at its lowest point in history.

Reports Alan Fram of The Associated Press:

It’s almost as if people can barely stand the thought of President Bush and Congress anymore. Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Friday as only 30 percent said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in his support by Republicans. Congress’ approval fell to just 22 percent, equaling its poorest grade in the survey. Both marks dropped by 4 percentage points since early January.

The dour public mood seems to chiefly reflect distress over the doddering economy, which has seen job cuts, financial market slides and real estate losses stoke recession fears. Bush’s approval for handling the economy dove to 29 percent, a slide of 4 percentage points in a month and matching his low on that issue, with noticeable slumps among middle-income people, Southerners and city residents.

“He’s spent billions of dollars on the war, and the economy here is suffering,” said Ron Brathwaite, 41, a Democrat from Brooklyn, N.Y., who was interviewed in the poll. “If you’re leading this country, you should start fixing within this country.”

Bush and Congress have been overshadowed in recent months by a presidential campaign in which both parties’ candidates have emphasized how they would change Washington β€” an implicit criticism of the president and the Democratic-led Congress. Even the leading Republican contenders have spent little time defending Bush, though they haven’t attacked him frequently because he remains popular within the GOP.

Yet Bush’s acceptance by his own party is at bottom in the AP-Ipsos poll. Just 61 percent of Republicans gave Bush positive reviews; his previous low was 65 percent last month. Only 28 percent of them expressed strong approval.

About one in 10 Democrats and three in 10 independents gave Bush positive marks.

“I believe we have to protect the country at all costs,” said Jack Vogt, 61, a retiree from Lakeland, Fla., and a strong Bush supporter. He said he did not fault the president or Congress for the economy’s problems, saying, “I don’t feel they can influence it one way or the other.”

Bush’s previous overall low in the AP-Ipsos poll came in November when his approval rating was 31 percent. His current level is essentially even with that.

Congress also hit 22 percent in October. It usually has lower ratings than the president because it is an institution people love to criticize. Many have negative views of Congress while still supporting their own House and Senate members.

Even so, its ratings are approaching its historic low in the Gallup Poll of 18 percent reached in early 1992 during a furor over lawmakers who bounced House bank checks. Only about one in five Democrats, Republicans and independents approve of Congress’ work, with less than one in 20 from each group approving strongly.

“When I see them say they want to investigate Bill Belichick and Spygate, I say, ‘Why do you want to investigate something like that when we have things we should address'” like the economy and health care, Mitch Dugger, 46, an independent from Mandeville, La., said.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., recently said the Senate Judiciary Committee may want to examine why the National Football League destroyed evidence in a scandal over cheating by Belichick, the New England Patriots’ coach.

Bush also hit a new low in this month’s poll for his work on domestic issues like health care, energy and the environment, getting approval from 27 percent, a 7-point tumble since January. Thirty-three percent approved of his handling of the war in Iraq, virtually unchanged.

Underlining the public gloom, after a brief holiday uptick, the mood of the country has returned to its level in November, with just 25 percent saying the country is headed in the right direction.

President Truman had the lowest rating ever in the Gallup Poll with 23 percent approval in 1952 during the Korean War; President Nixon reached 24 percent during the summer of 1974 before he resigned during the Watergate scandal.

The AP-Ipsos poll was conducted Feb. 4-6 and involved telephone interviews with 1,006 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


  1. JoyfulC

    The problem with revolution is that most of us don’t trust each other as much as we don’t trust our elected officials.

    I for sure don’t!

    We know that most Iraqis hated Saddam Hussein, and yet, they didn’t challenge him. Was that because they couldn’t? That’s hard to believe when you look at the run for our money they’re giving the US and allied forces in Iraq these past few years.

    I think it’s more likely because as much as they hated and feared Saddam, they hated and feared factions among themselves that much more. We are repeatedly spoon fed that Saddam tortured and murdered thousands, but who were those people? Innocent flower petal tossing peace lovers? Or the very manipulative violent types who are today working to keep Iraq destabilized in the hopes of grabbing power?

    Maybe there’s an intrinsic subconscious intelligence among people that living with the devil they know is better than living with the strife that ensues when a power vacuum leaves things up for grabs to the party that will fight the dirtiest and the hardest to seize power.

    So let’s face it, that’s what we’d be looking at in a revolution. We don’t really have a nice tidy situation where an organized group — maybe a military junta — would seize power and control. Nope. Any attempt at revolution would leave us battered like Lebanon, battered like Iraq today, for years.

    And frankly, reading some of the comments of people on this site and others, as bad as our government is, it’s definitely preferable to living in the world that some among us would make. Countries like Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t the only ones with extremists and hard-liners. We have plenty of that right here at home.

  2. bryan mcclellan

    Who in the hell does Mr Vogt think IS responsible for the rape of our security/monetary stability, the Tooth Fairy?What a f*cking idiot.It completely baffles me that anyone could be so blind.I have a very dear friend that told me recently he feels safer because the smirk/chimpster/obstructionist Rep Senate has been in office the last seven years.He’s not a Vet and well off financially ,I can’t look at him anymore without wanting to PUKE on his shoes. Which planet /dimension are these blind fools emanating from.Sanity and morality are suffocating in the halls of power and it has festered with the help of rabid corporate chicken hawks that support the present cabal in DC.I used to think my generation(60’s)were free thinkers,lo and behold I find a bunch of bear trap boneheads.Inform the young and hope they see the truth before they become trapped as we are.

  3. bjiller

    Mr. Vogt is the victim of an extremely successful propaganda campaign: GOP = Security while Democrats = Liberals = Surrender to Terrorists. It is astonishing that the wacko right has been so successful selling this tripe that 30 % of Americans still think Bush has done a good job. To these people, no matter how bad Bush is and no matter how bad things get, he’s still better than the evil LIBERALS!!!!! Even though Bush and the GOP have bankrupted the nation and destroyed the dollar through record deficit spending, they are still better than those evil LIBERAL big spenders because the Bush/GOP deficit spending is to pay for this “war” that is making us safe from “terror.” Top it all off with a dash of religion (Islam is trying to take over the world) and you have a solid 30% that will follow the GOP into the gates of a hell of the GOP’s own making, and still believe that it is still all the evil liberals’ fault. Sad. No, beyond sad. Depressing.

    Of course, the Dems have demonstrated their ability, against all odds, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory many times before (the nomination of John Kerry being Exhibit A for that proposition), and have refused to end the Iraq war. So, who knows, it may President McCain in 2009. And Vice President Huckabee to shore up support from the wacko religious right. Given that McCain is ancient, we could easily end up with our first true fundamentalist President. Now THAT’s a happy thought.

  4. Elmo

    I for one am glad to learn that the senior Senator from Pennsyltucky is keeping an eye on the NFL. I shouldn’t wonder if he isn’t greasing for a position doing for the NFL what Senator Mitchell has done for Major League Baseball.

    As for poor Mr. Vogt — the number of people who have bought the magic beans that prevent us from being attacked by terrorists, jihadists, and their ilk is much greater than I had thought.

  5. Carl Nemo

    Vogt like many “baby-boomers” and even those that preceeded him are smug, lazy-butt, non-researchers, non-thinkers. The only thoughts they like are lies that make them feel secure and comfortable in their dying paradigm.

    He’s too busy with his hobbies; on the links and playing with his other toys, rather than spending any time digging up dirt on the Bush trangenerational crime family along with the many co-complicit con-artists in our congressional “politburo”.

    Life is still too good for many, but in short order the baby-boomers are going to realize as inheritors of the estimated 44 trillion dollars of wealth being passed on to them isn’t going to be worth buttwipe. It’s already so, but rest assured a tsunami will be rolling across the Pacific when both China and Japan pull the plug on our sorry, irresponsible asses as a nation. They are not going to watch their money; ie., investments in U.S. Government profligacy destroy the value of their national sweat equity. They’re headed to alternative havens for their wealth and also to buy up U.S. hard assets at pennies on the dollar. We are soon to become tenants in the land our forefathers fought so hard to both defend and pass on to us intact.

    Bryan et. al. your frustration and anger is both warranted and spot-on…!


    “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” …Dwight D. Eisenhower


    Carl Nemo **==

  6. El.Kabong

    Here I thought I’d get props for picking up on the Vogt comment. All I can do is chime in: yes, Vogt is an idiot. And Dugger is an enabler of idiots.

    The thing that bothers me most about all of this is that we don’t appear to be learning the lesson. It all starts with accountability. Real, tangible accountability. Bush has quite literally broken every tenant of our constitution and most tenants of common law. He is a criminal of the highest order. And he’s done it in our name. But congress does nothing to bring him and his to justice. We do nothing to insure that this can never happen again. And because of that, it will. So much for our grandchildren… I’ll be lucky to get my daughter out of this alive.

    Boy, not in my wildest nightmares could I have conceived of anything like this. I normally enjoy irony, but this is too much: Because of Bush/Cheney, all soldiers that have ever died in any war fought for this country have died in vain…

  7. Carl Nemo

    Hi El.Kabong…

    Sir, you don’t need prompts, your commentary stands on its own merit. It is both superbly stated and spot-on!

    “all soldiers that have ever died in any war fought for this country have died in vain”…

    Thankyou “NOT” George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and the dozens of shadowy PNAC/MIC/AIPAC patronizing associates of yours that have both engineered and executed a plan to destroy this once great Republic…! 😐

    You shall fail in the end. America is not Europe, Africa, South America, or Asia. We have something that the aforementioned have never truly enjoyed; ie., true “FREEDOM” along with an armed citizenry…!

    “We the People” are ready for your everso hopeful mating move on the NWO’s chessboard; ie., if you are foolish enough to try…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    Hey Carl, great comments as you always have. Well- Hell, here in Kali-Forn-YA Hillary Pillary Crock has hoodwinked millions of Soccer Moms with Obama coming in second. I voted Independent, but sadly the ‘It Takes a Villiage Idiots’ faction of Kali-Foe-Na voted for Pillary…Pillary, the proud inhaler of Ruper Murdochs infusions of money as well as Health Insurance, Defense Industry etc etc…

    Obama has been on record as saying he’ll go into Pakistan with American troops to get Osama…Yeah, right, like this nation needs to be hated anymore then it is with some stupid scheme to nab Osama. Obama shows no independent thought when he echoes Bush Dribble about going anywhere no holds barred and all guns blazing. The Democrappers Are Crapping Stinking Stool Sample Steamers in the American publics face and most of Amerika laps it up like a Root Beer Float.

    Gee! America is suprised things are going to hell in a deep fryer basket…well America, look at the Dorkmeister you put in in 2001, and Democrapper Loyalists, look at the Democrapper Congress which every chance it had it rolled over to take it in the Keester by appeasing Bush and giving him the Patrioit Act, taking Impeachment off the table.
    Democrats, you suck Big ones you dip-thongs. And all you Hillary Go-Girl-Go fools, your candidate is fully in support of this war as are most other Lame Ass Jack Ass Crats.

    When Hillary Gets into the Presidency My First Oath of Allegiance To Her Will be:”HEIL DUMB DAME -HEIL DUMB DAME”

    (Take Note Audience: I called Hillary a ‘Dumb Dame’ and not a ‘Dumb Broad’, so I’m being politcally correct & polite -nuff said)

  9. MrHoppy

    I’m surprised that their has not been the formation of militias or an outright revolution. So little in the past brought this nation to that during the assault weapon ban / militia movement, (6 million pissed gun owners) Viet Nam, Watergate or even a blue dress.

    It makes me wonder if MSG, aspartame, DEA in our shampoo have worked their magic during the dumbing down of america of the 90’s. If we only had a free press… A free press is the linchpin to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

    Unfortunately, most of it is controlled by 7 Zionist Jews. Isn’t that something in a land of competition?

    Don’t even get me started on a war being fought for Israels new oil supply, the control they have on our blackmailed and bribe pool of scum we call congress.

    It does not matter who you elect if someone else selected them and then hacked the results. We have an election fraud problem and that is why they don’t care, they don’t really need you to vote for them anymore.

  10. Janice

    I find it incredible that 30% still approve of Bush. We are a nation where 30% are foolish idiots – and the other 70% sit back and allow the idiots to rule.

    If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain