Memo to Congress: The American public is mad at hell and a lot of that anger is directed at Capitol Hill. The same goes for the tea party.
A new Associated Press–GfK poll finds a whopping 87 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress and much of that anger is directed at Republicans and the phony grassroots tea party that pulled GOP strings during the recent debt crisis debacle.
And, for a change, voters aren’t just mad at Congress as an institution but also at their own representative — a surprising statistic. Those interviewed in the poll expressed doubt over the ability of lawmakers to even govern.
The poll found public approval of Congress at a historic low — just 12 percent and a nine point drop since June.
Both Republicans and Democrats expressed dissatisfaction with Congress and 30 percent of independents say they don’t trust either party.
Increasingly, voters say they’ve had it with the inability of members of Congress to work together.
“I guess I long for the day back in the ’70s and ’80s when we could disagree but we could get a compromise worked out,” Republican Scott MacGregor, 45, a Windsor, Conn., police detective, told the Associated Press. “I don’t think there’s any compromise anymore.”
Increasingly, voters blame the tea party for Congressional ineffectiveness. Only 25 percent say they support the tea party and disapproval of the movement has increased 10 percent since last November.
Disapproval of the tea party is also affecting support for GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner, whose approval rating is down to 29 percent. Many respondents said Boehner “kowtowed” to the tea party.
But there’s enough anger to go around.
Emails to Capitol Hill Blue show the same level of voter anger.
“Both sides have lost touch with the real role of Congress,” Jan Avacini of Denver told CHB in an email. “They are far too entrenched in party politics.”
“The tea party Republicans have destroyed the GOP,” said Robert Berry of San Diego.
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- Congress Approval Rating Drops To Lowest Level In History Of AP Poll (huffingtonpost.com)
- Disapproval of Congress at all-time high in new poll (msnbc.msn.com)