Stram asks a good question: Who in Congress is at 14% approval?
It’s been bantered around a lot lately that Congress’ approval rating is at “14%”. I heard that nauseating little prick, Sean Hannity, say earlier as he was going to commercial, ‘We’ll be right back to talk about Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid with their “14% approval rating.”
I’ve been wondering the same thing, because I’ve heard the “fourteen percent” figure bandied about lately, and also seen it triumphantly repeated by wingnut bloggers — Congress has a 14% approval rating!
Well, readers, the poll data simply do not support the assertion that “the leftist’s liberal Democrat controlled Congress has an approval rating of 14% with the American people,” as our favorite wingnut blogger colorfully put it. (As I sarcastically remarked on Stram’s blog, these poll data may have fallen victim to Liberal Bias.)
I think I have discovered the original source, though, the Urquell of this misleading wingnut meme. Check out this press release from the Gallup News Service, dated 21 June 2007:
Americans’ Confidence in Congress at All-Time Low
Confidence in most institutions drops
by Frank Newport, GALLUP NEWS SERVICE
PRINCETON, NJ — The percentage of Americans with a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress is at 14%, the lowest in Gallup’s history of this measure — and the lowest of any of the 16 institutions tested in this year’s Confidence in Institutions survey. It is also one of the lowest confidence ratings for any institution tested over the last three decades.
Do you see that, readers? We’re not talking about approval ratings, we’re talking about confidence ratings. Those are not the same thing.
Are any of you surprised that the American public has reached a record-setting level of cynicism and doubt about the abilities of its government these days?
Are any of you surprised that the right-wing noise machine would try desperately to spin this cynicism and doubt to its own advantage, and that gullible right-wingers would eagerly fall for it?
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