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June 17th, 2008
03:30 PM ET

Americans fed up with all 3 branches of govt.

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's a pretty depressing statistic: Fewer than half of Americans approve of the job performance of all 3 branches of the federal government – President Bush, Congress and the Supreme Court.

A new Gallup poll puts President Bush's approval rating near an all-time low of 30%, with some other polls showing his approval rating even lower. The all-time low for any president was 22% for Harry Truman in 1952.

Congress' approval stands at a pathetic 19%, just a point better than last month's 18%... which was the worst rating ever. Congress usually gets the lowest rating of all 3 branches of government, and with good reason.

As for the Supreme Court,48% of those surveyed say they approve of the job of the high court. That's significantly higher than the president or Congress. But it's still less than half, and the court has only measured a lower approval rating one other time.

It's no surprise that Republicans rate President Bush much higher than Democrats or Independents... and Democrats give Congress slightly better marks than do Republicans.

But taken together these numbers show how fed up the American people are with the way Washington is currently operating. It's not good news for incumbents in Congress who are up for re-election – that's all the members of the House and one-third of the members of the Senate. And, Barack Obama and John McCain better take note; whichever candidate better understands what needs fixing down there in Washington will probably be the next president.

Here’s my question to you: All three branches of government are near historical low approval ratings. What will that mean for the election?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Anna from Missouri writes:
It means that Obama will win by a landslide, and the Senate will get 60 Democratic senators needed to get something done. We the people are going to take back our government!

Adam from Roslyn, New York writes:
Nothing! Congress rarely has a high approval rating. The 2004 election showed that a president with a low approval rating can still be re-elected. The Supreme Court is appointed, not elected. The public is used to being disappointed with government. Just because we are slightly more unhappy than usual doesn't give any implications for the election season.

Ben from Chicago writes:
It means the average person will vote against the candidate in the incumbent party. Too bad most people can't remember that that is the reason why the incumbent party got into power in the first place, dissatisfaction with the other party. Maybe someday there will be a party consistently worth voting 'for', instead of the party people feel they need to vote 'against'.

Mitzie writes:
Hi Jack. It would seem that we would vote the bums out, but statistics show that while the American public is fed up with our Congress, we tend to believe that they are all bad with that one exception, the congressmen from our own state! So, with wisdom and forethought, we will probably vote them back into office and have this same question asked of us during the next election.

Tony writes:
I think that the country is on the precipice of a big shift. My guess is that the next president will not win by the margin of one state's electoral votes; rather, it'll be a landslide. Right now, it looks like Obama will take it. Hopefully, the ideal of good government will trump the more pedestrian party parsing.

Marcus writes:
If things don't change soon, I'm going to start a new organization called "Don't Vote Incumbent". I don't care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, just don't vote incumbent. A new crop can only do better.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Congress
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Ron- San Diego

    Hi Jack:

    I am fed up with all of the corruption. For far too long the politicians have been playing the system. The poor and middle class pay for that. So what do we do? Ok, yes Americans are FED UP. So how do you change it when all of the idiots running for public office are corrupt? Every single one of them are as crooked as a question mark.

    Ron San Diego

    June 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  2. Adam from Roslyn, NY

    Nothing! Congress rarely has a high approval rating. The 2004 election showed that a president with a low approval rate can still be re-elected. The Supreme Court is appointed not elected. The public is used to being disappointed with government. Just because we are slightly more unhappy than usual doesn't give any implications for the election season.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  3. JD in CA

    Americans hate the President because, well, frankly, somebody find me a reason to like the President.

    Americans hate Congress because they are powerless wimps who can't overcome Bush's veto

    Americans hate the Supreme Court because it's stacked with conservative judges who haven't made a good decision since last week, when the Gitmo ruling po'ed everyone they hadn't po'ed yet.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  4. Anna, SW Missouri

    It means that Obama will win by a landslide, and the Senate will get 60 Democtratic senators needed to get something done. We the people are going to take back our government!

    June 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  5. Raj, Toronto

    The other 2 branches were nullified by the federal government as they slowly took power away from them. You guys won't even let state governments pass laws to restrict executive decisions from the president, Bush has ruined the importance of the republic.

    The is the United States of America and not America. There is a difference and until people understand what liberty means they will be stupid and let others make decisions for them.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  6. JT

    Voting democrat will dramatically change all three branches. It will bring change in the White House of course, and it will give Congress the votes they need to get something done, but most importantly it will save the courts from the radical right who have shown their contempt for the Constitution.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    we get the government we deserve. If we do not practice "due diligence" in vetting those who seek office and who in turn are the gate keepers for those in appointive office, then we are liable to get bad government. To be blunt, if we elect clowns and whambos; they will appoint clowns and whambos.
    If we are down on government and looking for someone to blame, all we have to do it look in the mirror. A Democratic Republic is not easy. This is not "Government For Idiots". It's about damn time we stopped acting as if it were.

    Pablo in Tejas

    June 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  8. Chris Swansea, MA

    People are fed up because the MORONS of this country elected one of thier own for President , twice. If we get a smart President (Obama) not someone who hasn't already sold out to the powers that be. (McCain) This country will come back like it always does, with a roar that shakes this world to its core.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  9. Cliff, Kroger ND

    It means people are more informed than they used to be. It'll be interesting to see 19th century politics try and catch up to the 21st century.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  10. Rosalynd Florida

    It means:

    Barack Obama for President to change the Executive branch

    Overwhelm the Congress with Democrats so there is a true voting majority to overcome Republican shenanigans

    Lastly President Obama will balance the Supreme court by appointing judges that are not as conservative and narrow minded as the current justices

    June 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  11. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    I am also fed up with state and local government. Let's face it. This is no country for old libertarians.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  12. Gigi in Alabama

    I have been fed up with all three branches since 2000, and they have not improved their images since.
    It's about time for a little "fruit basket turnover" in at least 2 or the 3. With a Democrat in the Oval Office, time will take care of the Supreme Court.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  13. Frank from Peterborough

    Well if the author who appeared on the Rick Sanchez show the other night was right when he said the surveys indicated 60% of the American public surveyed couldn't answer simple questions about their country or it's history that would be a clear indicator these same people won't have a clue about why they are voting for a specific candidate anyway. According to this author 50% of these people surveyed thought Iraq was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

    Because this survey also showed 60% of the people surveyed couldn't name your 3 branches of government the answer is the candidates could save a lot of money by just flipping a coin to see who gets the job!

    June 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  14. Stacy from Loudoun County Virginia

    Jack, it just means that this election will be like all the others. The candidates will talk change to the masses then when they get to D.C., big lobbyist money will make them forget all about campaign promises they made. Then the cycle begins anew and their corporate masters will be back in charge again. No reform just the re-norm.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  15. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    It means change is more important than ever and this "the fierce urgency of now" Obama keeps quoting from Martin Luther King Jr. is truly upon us. The way the government currently operates is just not doing Americans as a whole any justice; the government does most of us a disservice.

    Sorry but this wont be McCain’s year to be President, we want something different and he just isn’t it.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  16. David from Florida

    It means that November is gonna be one hell of a month. It means 2009 is gonna be one hell of a year.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  17. Frank Petaluma CA

    They ain't working for us.

    I think we would all like to hear the presidential candidates (or anyone running for public office) comment on how they plan to make this government "of, by, and for the people," not "of, by, and for the corporations."

    Throw the bums out!

    June 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  18. Mary - California

    "House cleaning" would be a good start . That means get a new Congress and new Senate, in order to provide resolution on critical issues. We need change and we need to be proud of America!

    June 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  19. Paula in Albuquerque

    "Fed up"? You bet!

    June 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  20. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    All three branches of government have done nothing for the hard working blue collar or middle class American for the last eight years. Everyone felt when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over and the democrats were the majority things would change, what happened ? Nothing. The supreme court is filled with conservatives who havent made a decision since Hoover was President. And George is George so what have we got " NOTHING "

    June 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  21. JC

    That the Republicans better start packing their bags and move back to their million dollar homes in the state that they came from, then they can hang out their lawyer shingle and make more money in another dishonest profession.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  22. Judie

    Jack,
    It means we will vote for the new guy on the block and hope that with new leadership we will get to see a change for the better. We are mad as hell and the best way to show just how mad we are is by exercising our right to vote the low performance people out and get some new blood in and have them start being responsible to the people who pay their salaries, you know the lowly taxpayers. How about we don't pay them until their terms are up and then pay them based on their job performances. Bet their take home pay would be less than a WallMart employee.

    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    June 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  23. Joe in DE

    Incumbents are more vulnerablethan usual.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  24. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Read Rick Shenkman's book "Just How Stupid are We?" and you'll find out that many Americans aren't able to name our three branches of government. I hope that this election has us get involved in our government. We hold responsibility for what Bush and Cheney did.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  25. Ryan, Va

    It means that when gas is over $4 a gallon, unemployment is at its highest point in 20 years, banks are failing, food prices sky rocketing, wages are down without inflation and down adjusted for inflation, over 4000 Americans dead in an unjust war, and for the first time in a long time we are coming out of an economic expansion where only the top 1% of Americans really benefited; that people will actually stand up and pay attention to what the hell is going on. And by knowing what the hell is going on they will make their voices heard through an age old democratic tool......their vote.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  26. Jim Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    It means youth will prevail this election season. Every older American and every senior who touts experience as the only qualification for office should look at where the experience they've voted for all these years has gotten us. We have the worst President is U.S. history and the lamest congress ever assembled in Washington meanwhile each and every one of them had the experience to do the job. Not this time. This is our time now and I'm sick of your debt being passed on to me just because some prefer experience over a fresh perspective.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  27. don in naples, florida

    Divide and Conquer. That is the objective of our government, that is how they control the masses. All the branches of government simply create red tape and misdirection which makes it practically impossible to keep up with or direct blame. If our government has low approval ratings it's because they have lost their ability to disguise their objective of dividing and conquering. Soon they should start serving the interests of the masses, or as former minnesota governor Jesse Ventura hinted in a book– there will be a revolution (forced change).

    June 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  28. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    The election will take care of the issue of the presidency. That, in turn will help change the Supreme Court. There are about 5 good senators and 35 good people in the House. Limit their terms and their ability to piggy back legislation, and stop feeding them money from lobbyists, and we get this country rolling again.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  29. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Hopefully, the dissatisfaction will lead to a Democratic Congress with a Democratic president. If we have a Republican president and a Democratic controlled Congress, there will be veto after veto and nothing will get done just like nothing gets done with the current president and legislators.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Maybe we should pick our government by lottery.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  31. Liz

    Jack,
    It will probably mean that the people of this Great Country will get smart and vote out the incumbents, The ones who have been in bed with big business and lobbiests. The ones who have been in business for themselves and not the people. I have always said we should vote out of office anyone who has been there for a term. Then maybe the ones elected will get the idea they only have a term to do something good for the people and not get caught up in the corruption that exixts.
    Liz Western NY

    June 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  32. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I hope it means that Americans will vote all of the corrupt,self-serving politicians out of office. But,the sad fact is,people complain about them but always re-elect their own representative or senator.. Until we educate ourselves and hold them responsible for their actions nothing will change.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  33. DAD in Hollis, NH

    We are fed up with these folks not doing their jobs. The system works if your thinking of the folks you represent instead of just you. What ever happened to checks and balances? If I did my job as poorly as these folks I would not have a job and would be locked up in a federal prision. Enough said...

    June 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  34. JC

    Maybe instead of polling these people that are life long Republicans and Democrats, maybe the polls should be taken from those of us that have always been independents, the ratings for these three branches would be close to zero and even worse than Truman. Of course it wouldn't matter because polls are just opinions and really carry no weight, it just gives us something to talk about.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  35. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    No Politicans listen to the People. So the solution is easy "Dump the Incumbent" vote out every inbumbent in every race from local town or village to county to state to federal. Let Washington know that it is not the NRA, or AARP, or NCAA or any Political Action Committee that runs this country. It is "We the People" Our Constitution allows us to throw out an ineffective government and that is what we have.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  36. Connecticut Woman

    WAKE UP "good ole boys" The fat lady is SINGING ! Nap time is over. CHANGE IS COMING.
    Maybe we can avoid slipping into a third world country. Only time will tell.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  37. Hubert Bertrand

    Jack : It's damn if you do and damn if you don't. Lobbyist have all of the WHITE HOUSE in their hip pocket, When people can't buy a six pack of beer or a pk of smokes,and fill their 4 wheelers with gas. Things will never change and congress knows that, Maybe thats why they gave us some money. to get drunk. and buy gas

    June 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  38. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    I am up for writing a new constitution. Our constitution has flaws in it and we need to call upon great thinkers and get it right this time.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  39. Mike

    Hopefully people will wake up and remove the people who are not working to improve this country. Democrats or Republicans.
    I write my Senators and get generic letters in return.

    Mike CA

    June 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  40. Stacy from Farifax, Virginia

    America is young compared with most other large democratic countries. As the youngster we have lessons to learn on what works and what doesn't.

    While three branches of government is a good idea it is far from perfect. What do their low approval ratings mean for the election? It means Americans want to fix what is broke.

    Where should we start? Congress would be a good place. All those in favor of term limits raise your hands.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  41. Jayne in NH

    Let's hope it means a Democratic tidal wave. President Obama will restore our shredded Constitution and will work with Congress as an equal branch of government. A Democratic supermajority in Congress would end the Republican filibustering that has hamstrung the Senate. It seems the only way we'll get anything moving again is to put one party in charge and it shouldn't be the Republicans.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  42. Shirley-Ohio

    What it means Jack is either vote for Obama and the change that he is offering and hope and pray that he can make those changes or vote for McCain and brace yourself for the worst. Now this is only my opinion.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  43. MICHAEL

    When you don't do your job and provide oversight on the executive branch what kind of approval do they expect. And most of the things that Bush should be impeached for they went along with and gave him everything he wanted without even putting up a fight. Until you have term limits in congress nothings ever going to change, because most of them know they are going to be re-elected over and over again. It's the american people fault because they keep re-electing the same bums over and over.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  44. Sam, North Carolina

    I think there can be big changes in Washington if the voters will do their part and do a little research, get to know the Congressional candidates for this election, and then go vote out the non-performers.

    I'm not talking party-specific either. There needs to be a shake up across the board.

    I'm an Independent but lean left, but I have to say, Pelosi and Reid have shown me absolutely nothing. They need to be the first 2 to go. Surely we can do better than this!

    This country belongs to the American people, and damn it, we need to take it back!

    June 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  45. Janice Pound

    I hope it means we will vote for and get Obama. I feverently hope he will sweep our gov't clean New faces leading the Pentagon, C.I.A., F.B.I . and every other conceivable dept . he can. starting with the V.P.. I also hope the public is really sincere in change and vote for a completely (435) new congress-persons. from every party. candidates.Jan Pound Cortez Co.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  46. steven- ann arbor michigan

    hell ya we're fed up with the whole government all the more reson for both canidates to put a true independent as their VP, a real american hero like jesse ventura, dennis kusinich, or ron paul..all these men have been speaking up for all independents and americans that are simply fed up with the system, these men look out for the people, thats a real change from the status quo. plus ventura and paul can turn independents to vote on the side their on, ventura's also a navy seal, and can minnesota voters love him and will vote for him again and again.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  47. T. G. from the virgin islands

    It means that this election year is up for grabs. The American people are so desperate for change, they are willing to vote out all of the current set of lawmakers in order achieve it.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  48. Paul, Columbia, SC

    Term limits with no pay or benefits in the first term. No public campaign funding. No employment with lobbies for a minimum of 5 years after leaving office. No pork barrel projects ever. It's called probation. Now let's see who really wants to serve their country.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  49. steven- ann arbor michigan

    hell ya we're fed up with the whole government all the more reson for both canidates to put a true independent as their VP, a real american hero like jesse ventura, dennis kusinich, or ron paul..all these men have been speaking up for all independents and americans that are simply fed up with the system, these men look out for the people, thats a real change from the status quo. plus ventura and paul can turn independents to vote on the side their on, ventura's also a navy seal, and minnesota voters love him and will vote for him again and again.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  50. Terri from Virginia

    I think it means more people will need to get out and vote rather than staying home and saying we can't change anything.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  51. Ben, Chicago IL

    The low approval ratings mean the average person will vote against the candidate in the incumbent party. Too bad most people can't remember that that is the reason why the incumbent party got into power in the first place, dissatisfaction with the other party. Maybe someday there will be a party consistently worth voting 'for', instead of the party people feel they need to vote 'against'.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  52. Julie, NY

    Nothing Jack. People who do opinion polling still aren't exactly sure what answers to polling questions mean. People who are polled are constantly changing their answers from poll to poll- it's as if they are randomly choosing their answers.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  53. Jonathan Rix, Valparaiso Indiana

    Jack,
    We are a republic the only way we can have a voice is to change that. Isn't it interesting that most people that I know do not want to talk about politics or government because it is too controversial. I think that Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said that the biggest threat to national security is an uneducated American. The checks and balance system does not work because the elected officials do not work for the people, George W, Bush does not even know who we are, there is something wrong with a government that is supposed to be for the people by the people, directs the people.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  54. 40+ In Suitland, MD

    CHANGE, simply put, CHANGE.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  55. Linda Richards

    Very little. People complain about Congress but love their own Congressman/woman. Until and unless we better educate ourselves about candidates, we will be prey for strategists and marketers. Campaigns are undoubtedly using some of the best minds in the business to figure out what will make us like or hate a candidate and then using that information and our ignorance to get their dude/dudette elected. It's not really about changing the system; the people want a President with a magic wand to cure all their ills but don't want to know the details. It's a popularity contest and the person in the most attractive package wins. Linda in Woodbury, NJ

    June 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  56. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Jack, partisan hacks have infiltrated all 3 branches of government, opening the floodgates for corporate interests and litmus-test loyalties to thrive. If we Americans would pay more attention to what these people are doing to our country it would be a different story. Then again, most people are distracted by a recessive economy, predatory lending, a weak dollar and corporate profiteering. It's a vicious cycle.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  57. Allen L Wenger

    Incumbents are in trouble, maybe only 90% will be re-elected.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  58. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    It means that since we have elected those bozos presently in office there is little chance that anyhing will improve. The liars will continue to lie and the dumb Americans will continue to believe them. It worked for Bush so they just keep on trucking. I am at the point where I think that we need to revamp our system and change everything. All districts have been so gerrymandered that it is virtually impossible to have a fair election, and avoid the extreme partisanship that has led to our current situation.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  59. chryssa

    Give me a break, Jack. Most Americans couldn't tell you what the three branches are or what they do. All this poll tells us is what we already knew – Americans realize Bush is the worst president we've ever had.

    Boise, ID

    June 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  60. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Hopefully electing some folks that might actually care about America rather than lining their own pockets. This congress and this president are totally corrupt and without shame. Where are the leaders??????

    June 17, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  61. Darlene - Philadelphia

    How can people dislike the democrats? Every time they try and pass something it either gets blocked or vetoed. People can't blame too much on them, thank the repulsive republicans for the mess of this country.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  62. Terry, Chandler AZ

    People desire, even demand change. McCain cannot and will not deliver change. Obama will make an effort to bring changes. And with a lot of newly elected democrats, perhaps those changes can be achieved.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  63. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, the hopeful idea is a massive turnout to throw out incumbents. The sad truth is that the incumbents usually retain their office. Hence the ongoing 'plagues'!!
    The most feared scenario is that too many of the elctorate does not vote, after all the hoopla and racial divide, and a slight majority of the electorate decides the election!!
    The same situation up here Jack!!

    June 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  64. Jay Longley

    Just as the 2006 election meant nothing, neither will this election mean much. Regardless of which party wins, the three branches of government will just keep on with "business as usual". Talking a lot and doing nothing to improve the situation of most Americans.
    Jay Longley
    Brownwood, Texas

    June 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  65. Mark, Oklahoma City

    It could mean low voter turn out, but with Obama in the race this year, I doubt that will happen. But, should Obama be elected President and then turn out to be just another run-of-the-mill, do-nothing President who governs along party lines, then we can count on voter turn out being around 10 percent in 2012!

    June 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  66. Independent in New Mexico

    It isn't just the Feds that we are angry at... It is more lke all levels of government. Local , state, AND federal. Corrupt and incompetent bureaucracys are the norm controling the day to day runing of government. The elected officals have little, or no, control . FEMA to the badge wearing street thugs. They all feel that the average citizen is THEIRs', to deal with as they will. The idea that THEY are actually answerable to those average citizens is laughable (to them).

    June 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  67. deano, Peoria, AZ

    I don't understand why there is any question of what is happening. Bush pushed power grabbing, cowboy-quick-draw mismanagement of the Administration branch and the Republican Congress backed everything he asked for or did. This caused a divisive atmosphere in this country and the voters are sick of it. I believe the voters are smarter than any politician than has been hatched and will break this power structure with the election in November.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  68. sandy in Ohio

    Jack, It means that some where along the line this great democratic experiment became like all the other governments in the world. We are a government run buy big money for big money and to hell with the voters. I think the time has come for voters to show Washington where the power really lies and vote the bums out.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  69. Al, Lawrence KS

    Jack, there are 4 branches of government...you forgot the Cheney branch...but the poll numbers for that branch are incredibly low. Every election we vote 95% of these folks back into office, and I doubt this year will be much different. Until there is an IQ test required for voting, the results will be the same.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  70. Betty - AL

    A bunch of us older folks are planning to vote AGAINST anyone already in office. Kick 'em out. Start over.

    If the next bunch doesn't produce early on, kick'em out too.

    Eventually we'll get someone that EARNS all those benefits.

    Thanks

    June 17, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  71. Dan Putnam, WV

    It means people are beginning to understand that the Republicans are not only a culture of corruption, but obstruction as well.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  72. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Bush is Bush (that's enough of an explaination for disapointment)

    Congress – too busy raising money to get reelected. Too terrified to "Just say NO" to Bush and almost all issues and not enough votes to override a veto.

    The Supreme Court – Judge Steven, 88 years old, hasn't retired because he don't want to have Bush appoint another ultra-conservative. The court has just about returned to 20th century thinking, another republican or two on the Court and it's collective thinking will be in the 19th century.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  73. Jay-Mississippi

    Unfortunately Jack, it does not mean anything. I listened to one well known pundant and she said we need to address each candidate before we hire them. the truth is good or bad one of them will win. It does not mean either will address the issues truly as America see the issues. America is less partisan than congress. We need change in all branches. We need people commited to America and not fortune and glory.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  74. scott, lithonia, georgia

    Nothing, zero.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  75. Doug, AZ

    This is good for Obama because he represents real change and if people are truly seeking change, it starts by voting for Barack Obama !

    Obama 2008

    June 17, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  76. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio June 17th, 2008 3:12 pm ET

    I am up for writing a new constitution. Our constitution has flaws in it and we need to call upon great thinkers and get it right this time"
    -----------
    I don't think we need a new Constitution. We just need to stop letting the President hijack the constitution we have.

    In other words: President Bush, give us back our constitution, and don't let the door knob hit you where the good lord split you!

    June 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  77. Karen - Branson Mo

    I think it proves we need a leader like Barack Obama to inspire, get rid of the corruption and special interests in Washington and to get the American people to stay in contact with Congress. I like the fact that Obama wants to use C-Span as much as possible. I know I watch it more than ever this year. All three branches are forgetting what's best for Americans. All three are out of control...we need an Obama presidency to bring them down to earth.

    We don't need McCain...he acts like he'd have the pentagon run the country.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  78. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    As bad as things can get sometimes, and as disillusioned as many of us are with the state of The State, the United States is still the best place on Earth and it is the obligation of the electorate to get it right. When things are awful, we have only our collective selves to blame (How many complainers didn't bother to vote? How many voted for a turkey simply because it had the appropriate red plumage?)
    There are so many countries in which the citizens don't even have the right to gripe! Is the U.S. great, or what?
    I wouldn't leave for anything, even though I have been frustrated, angry and disgusted with a lot of stuff in the past 7 and a half years.

    June 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  79. Dusty in Iowa

    As an educator Jack, I am constantly told I should be paid based on my performance and that of my students, often times by these same politicians. Why not base their pay upon their performance? Oh, wait, I have a real job that people count on me to perform and get paid little to do it AND have over 8 years of higher education (that's $40K in student loans) just to be considered qualified to step into our classroom. What does it take to be a politician these days, a couple million in the bank and a silver tongue? President Thomas Jefferson would be ashamed of what this government has become!

    June 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  80. Marjorie

    I have been a bit skeptical of the lesgislative branch since 2000. But They restore my faith in them with their decision against the Bush administration this past week. Our Constitution is alive and well. Now we have to make sure we keep it that way by putting Obama in the White House.
    M
    NY

    June 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  81. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    That we the people want our Government back so fix it or we'll find someone else to fix it, the days of job security for members of our Government are over...

    C.I., New York

    June 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  82. Annie, Atlanta

    I don't know what it means for the election, Jack. Looking further down the road, what does it mean for our Constitution, our democracy? Who's protecting those things right now? And how do "we the people" get back on track?

    June 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  83. Jamaal Kansas

    Jack it means it is a change election we need to get all the Republicans out of office and put some democrats in office that know what they are talking about

    June 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  84. Anthony Smith

    Like Bowie says, ch..ch..ch..ch..changes!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    June 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  85. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It means Democrats will pick up a veto-proof majority in Congress so they can finally get things done.

    June 17, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  86. Rachael NJ

    Didn't a recent study show that most Americans can't name the three branches of government??

    June 17, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  87. Dennis from Phoenix, Arizona

    Jack,

    I wish that I had a witty response here as I've lost all faith in all three branches of government and the 2 current political parties have been destroying this nation as they have proven that are neither "of", "for" or "by" the people. These people in the three branches of government are not not beholden to their oaths, the US Constitution or the voters. Unless you've got your own personal lobbyist locally or in Washington...don't expect your voice to be counted.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  88. David from Menifee, Ca

    Jack,
    Yep!

    June 17, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  89. Darr/Ohio

    Overall the incumbents will be scrambling to somehow instill trust in those voters who may be straying away from their usual voting tactics of voting loyally for the same party they have voted for for years. The newcomers on the block will be forced to actually prove to the voters exactly how they will change the now loathsome Congress. Either way a change in our current bodies of government appears inevitable, except for the Supreme Court.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  90. Ingrid, new york

    there are no three branches- there has been one republican branch...recent history has shown that if one party takes full control of the three branches (even though judicial is theoretically not a political branch) then we have disaster- i.e. the supreme court giving W the white house for example. The purpose of the three branches is checks and balances and we have been a country sadly out of balance for eight years.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  91. Nuwan Sam

    People want change and they will vote accordingly. But the question is whether those who preach change day and night will be able to bring it into reality. That is another story that we will be talking about next year when the agents of change overtake at least two of those branches. People voted for a democratic congress expecting a change. But that change has not been delivered yet. So the talk always does not translate into action. But talk always gives people hope. That hope will drive this elections.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    June 17, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  92. Bud from Kansas

    How can 1 vote from Kansas change Washington. The only senator I can vote against already has a lock on going back for another term.
    That's because Ks. is so red no dem. can break thru. So we will get a another senator who rubber stampped everything G.W. wanted. This included the much delayed tatic's of the senate investigation on why we went to war. Senator Roberts say's it's the fault of the Democrates because they would not co-operate. Even thou he was the chairman we never got phase 2 completed. But I would love to vote against the dude from MO. who I have never heard anything about getting along & working with the other party or those folks that have been there for so many years. So I guess there's not much I can do to change Washington. They make all the rules!!!.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  93. Jim R.

    CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS

    June 17, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  94. Ken Beaverton, MI

    If e could fire 81% of the Congress because of poor performance, and replace them with people who are willing and able to produce in Congress. If coaches or CEOs produced at 19%, they'd be shown the door. For those Dems who claim that Dems going in will produce, look to Pelosi. She hasn't performed well on any of her promises. Can we expct better? I doubt it.

    Term limits will clear the White House. So, whoever we put in the Oval Office, most certainly will be higher than Bush's miserable 30%.

    As for the Supreme Court. We elected President's who stacked the Court with Legislative Judges not interpretors of it. It's a shame there isn't a term limit or age limit or impeachment process for them.

    Given the above.... Don't expect much improvement. They all speak what we want to hear, then once elected they do THEIR thing.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  95. Brian, In Philly

    A revolution every 200 or so years is probably a healthy thing...

    June 17, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  96. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    It is clear that both major political parties are more in tune with their core fund raisers and contributors than the population in general. All Americans are rarely represented. Most legislation seems to be targeted to the intense efforts of lobbyists and special interest organizations and not designed to restore any freedom, liberty, or reduce financial burdens on the taxpayers.

    We need a new party.
    Libertarians, a good agenda and a great way to make meaningful change at all levels of government.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  97. RanDe from CA

    Maybe it will mean that we can finally get a constitutional changes that will allow voter to overturn supreme court decisions, hold the president and congress accountable for inaction and the even out the power of senator of small population states.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  98. Pugas-Az

    The entire government needs an enema

    June 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  99. Kevin

    Jack, let's see we have the current Executive Branch which has been a nightmare for eight years being run by a stagnant powerless party currently. The Legislative Branch in which the controlling body has no term limits and excessive time off. Finally, the Judicial Branch. Jack isn't that the group of individuals that wear those nice robes and work in that beautifull building in Washington? Now I know why their approval rating is so low.

    Kevin
    Warren, MI

    June 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  100. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    It means the candidate who represents change will win the election. That said, his term as president will not be an easy one. He will have to get congress off of their collective butts, and get them back to the business of checks and balances, protect and uphold the constitution, and the rule of law.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  101. Ted Beaverton, OR

    There's no mystery here. With the emphasis on party first for both of them, how can we expect to have Judges and a justice department that honors the Constitutin of both parties and the people of our Republic. The second problem is that Supreme Court Justices are seated for life, so the party in power seeks to install the youngest judges they can get away with and the more radical either way, the happier they are. Our GOP and Democratic Senators and Representatives call that balance of power.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  102. Pat in Hmpstead MD

    It means Americans are fed up with this government. All we need now is food shortages like the ones in Europe. Every Republican and every Democrat should be voted out of office and Independents put in their place. Except Joe Lieberman who is a Republicrat or Demublican. A fool.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  103. Florida

    I stopped following the Presidential election and focus on State elections. I believe that our State Representatives can do more for me then the presidential candidates. Like the candidate in my district, he is part of working class and understands the hardship we the middle class Americans are living day to day. At least when a state candidate has a fundraiser, I don't have to pay 500 a plate just to see and talk to my candidate.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  104. dennis north carolina

    All three branches are shameful but we the voters need to take the blame. we need to vote for the person not the party, We need to do our homework before voting. we need to get rid of career office holders because after a while they think we owe them and they take care of themselves which i think you call it putting your hand in the cookie jar. we need to make our founding fathers proud.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  105. Dan, British Columbia

    It means that Americans will finally have the opportunity to take out the trash that's been rotting in Washington for far too long.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  106. Richard Green

    Jack,
    I don't think it'll mean that much. Turn out will be huge. The GOP has effectively killed the goose that lays the golden eggs. There won't be many of them invited back for a 2nd chance.
    If anyone watches your show, they'll know how the GOP has blocked any decent legislation and how the Dems have backed away from confronting GOP filibusters on war funding and SCHIP and anything worthwhile. There may be some new Democrats in Congress.
    I don't believe anyone wants to see any of the branches of gov't go away; we just want them back in the hands of people who believe in them.
    Richard Green, San Clemente, Cal.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  107. ken gifford az

    There isn't a pair among them. scrub the currant govt and restore the constitution as it was from the start.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  108. Gil from Edison NJ

    I love all three branches of government running the country into the ground. They are very funny. Just to be clear we are talking about the same people. You do mean Larry, Mo and Curly, right?

    June 17, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  109. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    It should mean a lot of people will vote, it would be more meaningful if they voted intelligently, but then maybe I'm hoping for too much.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  110. rodney tampa, florida

    This means whoever gets elected, into the oval office better make quick and accurate assessments of what this country needs, a trillion dollar war defecit, slumpy economy, weak healthcare, and terrible diplomacy, all of these issues are powder keg and whoever inherits this mess is sitting on top of the pile

    June 17, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  111. Rishi from Colonia, NJ

    These low ratings have drawn great attention, and this attention will lead to a higher voter turnout this fall. While I feel that politics is a dirty business, the last 8 years have shown us that the American people cannot afford to turn the cheek and let Washington run it's course. We have to stay on top of them, whether it be through protests or low poll numbers, to ensure they represent us they we wish.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  112. Ken in Atlanta

    The Media and the politicians keep on lying to us about why oil is way more expensive now than it was a year or so ago. Oil is more expensive now because the Bush administration mortgaged the country. We are drowning in debt because of the war in Iraq. If we pay off our debt, the dollar becomes strong and oil becomes cheaper. Why do politicians avoid the truth even in an election year? No candidate has made inflation reduction the main issue and that is why I will not vote.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  113. Ed

    It is a sad time in American politics, when those that are chosen to lead this country...abdicate their leadership responsibility to a quagmire of incompetence - the House and Senate.

    The Democrat lead Congress has accomplished nothing the past two years...and both parties do not listen to their constituents, nor do they represent their states from which they are from.

    Conversely, they all have become cozy bedfellows...and are simply reactive puppets to the many large lobbyists courting them in Washington, as opposed to becoming the "Proactive" leaders they were voted in to be.

    They all make me sick...

    and to think we allow them to make the big salaries, provide them health care and great pension plans for retirement...and all we get in return is finger pointing... the blame game, whining about the other party, and no "LEADERSHIP".

    Perhaps they all should look in the mirror and ask themselevs one question...What would Thomas Jefferson or John Adams do?

    And then get busy....before it's too late.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  114. Gene

    You can expect that if you currently have a job with the federal government expect not to have a job ib December after none of the voters vote for you in November. The real truth of this election will be the independents. Like me they have all decided not to vote for any candidate that is currently an incumbant. The b attle cry for the 2008 electiopn is simply, "Vote them all out of office if they currently hold an office." You can bet there will be many new names in Congress when it returns to work in January 2009! When we say we want change this time, you can count on it. As I see it in Appleton, WI; a great place to live and home of the "Throw the Bums Out Movement."

    June 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  115. Nick - Oklahoma

    It means that the people of the United States will vote for change, and John McCain does not = Change.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  116. Becky

    Jack, displeasure with all three branches of government can mean nothing but change come November. Even if it isn't actually their fault, the electorate sees the incumbents as the root of the problem and is quick to oust. Unfortunately, the GOP appears to have chosen the one nominee who could theoretically throw a loop in those plans. At least Dems have been winning the special elections for Congress. There's always hope.

    Chicago, IL

    June 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  117. Amro

    Fed up? We are just now figuring this out? You want to see real change? How about opening the doors to the capital and throwing everyone out! Its time we realize that Congress and Government of, by, and for the people is a farse! Weve been had! How about this as a requirement for public office. You must have lived in your district for at least 5 years, you CANNOT be a lawyer, you may not serve more than 1 term. Maybe then there would be a sense of urgency to get something done. Elected officials wouldn't waste our time embroiled in their legal wrangling which ends up in nothing being done. Finally, since you couldnt serve more than 1 term, you wouldnt spend your time trying to get re-elected by selling your soul to the special interests the minute you arrived in Washington. Stand up America! Its time we take back our country before there is nothing left of it for us to take back!!!

    From New Jersey

    June 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  118. Sid-Texas

    It's time to clean house. Vote all of these politicians out of office. We can do better or maybe worse..You know, like we always have....

    June 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  119. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    Well, this administration is the worst in the history of the US, the congress is worthless and the Supreme Court has no comprehension of the Constitution but chooses to make their own laws. I think it bodes well for radical change in Washington.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  120. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It means that there will be alot of empty rhetoric about how to fix Washington, and most of it will be comming from the same folks who created such a toxic environment in the first place. Remove all the perks and pork barrel handouts, put them on a performanced based wage structure and let's see who stays because they love their country so much. My bet is, not a one. As long as taxpayer money is there for the taking, Washington will remain a cesspool of corruption and the American citizen will never see a functional government.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  121. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Unless an just and well credited independent is witness in the general election, it means the party not in office will benefit from the bonuses provided by the pandering under the promise of 'empty.~' change.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  122. Carl Deshazer

    Jack,
    What the election will mean for me is this, garbage out and new garbage in.
    Carl in Illinois

    June 17, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  123. Eric

    It means the change candidate will win.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  124. Dave Arnholt, Moorhead, MN

    To quote G.W. Bush,"It's time for a regieme change"!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  125. Kim Friedrich

    I always find it funny when these approval ratings come out. They say the approval is low, but now really why.
    For example, I am a Democrat. I at this point would give Congress a VERY low approval rating. Why? Because the Republicans are getting away with blocking everything the Democrats try to do, so nothing is getting done.
    It's the WHY that counts, not the number.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  126. Bryan Sweeney

    Seven out of the last ten presidents have been republicans. They have been running this country into the dirt for long enough. Simply put, this election the voters will go to the poles wanting to make a change; and, Barack Obama is the candidate that offers this change.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  127. Marcus Monas

    If things don't change soon I'm going to start a new "move-on" type of organization called "Don't Vote Incumbent" I don't care if your a rep or a dem just don't vote incumbent. a new crop can only do better.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  128. jack

    It means that all that are up for re-election will not get my vote.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  129. Kelvin

    Nothing. Unfortunately I think that as people get more upset with their government they just stay home and don't vote; thus leaving partisan politics play the most important role in the election. Government figure that out a long time ago and they are working even harder to disappoint us.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  130. Karen Abbadessa

    There will be more presidential write-ins this election than ever before.
    This includes me.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  131. Kim from Long Island

    I always find it funny when these approval ratings come out. They say the approval is low, but not really why.
    For example, I am a Democrat. I at this point would give Congress a VERY low approval rating. Why? Because the Republicans are getting away with blocking everything the Democrats try to do, so nothing is getting done.
    It's the WHY that counts, not the number.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  132. Ang

    You said it yourself ...its time for a revolution kicking out this stagnant congress.

    Maybe we should try some clearing house like in Office Space.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  133. Cynthia Lessard

    I think it may mean that we have a new crop of newbies who may not be bought and sold; at least during the first one or two terms.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  134. Mitch

    Not much Jack. Who can afford the gas to drive to the polls?

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  135. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    I'm appalled that Wolf Blitzer laughed when you said that your e-mail responders declared it's time for another revolution. That is our Constitutional duty, and right, to overthrow a government that is harmful to its people. Wake up Blitzer!!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  136. Zach D

    It seems that congress were getting things done when Republicans held the majority. If Bush wouldn't veto everything the Democrats try to get done, maybe we wouldnt be in this mess. Then again no one is really doing their jobs in congress anyways.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  137. Carole J. Freeman

    You can talk all you want about the low ratings of the three branches of government.I suggest we have another Boston Tea Party and throw
    ALL of the politicians in the bay.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  138. Ruth Rogge

    It means it is time to clean house and get in new blood. We need people who aren't connected to anything but US, the people. They need to represent US not the oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, or big business. I am looking to vote for anybody who "isn't connect".

    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  139. William

    Simple........we're screwed.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  140. Matt

    If the democrats = change... good luck selling that to anyone here in Michigan.

    Matt – Kalamazoo, MI

    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  141. Jim Green

    Jack....when are we going to admit that we currently are a "Collective Dictatorship".....and not a Democracy–run by and for the Special Interests, rather than a country "of the people, by the people, and for the people"--that is why 82% assert we are moving in the worong direction--and why most are not happy with those who govern us, on any level!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  142. tom miller

    As the far as the approval ratings go, it probably doesn't mean too much.
    President's low...ok, we'll have a new one no matter what come next Jan.
    And while it should mean something, the low approval rating probably won't mean anything. I think all too often people will give Congress a low approval "overall", but say their guys are doing a great job.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  143. Mike MA

    We are at a turning of the tides, whoever steps up to the plate will inherit a whole host of problems, maybe we should go with the younger candidate to deal with their soon to be rising blood pressure

    June 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  144. Gabi

    Democratic landslide!!!

    Gabi
    Cape Town, South Africa

    June 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  145. aibe, lagos, nigeria

    Jack, all this means is that the American electorate are in need of CHANGE and Obama is the messenger. Washington is filled with Bush and his ilks who think they can keep scaring the publicwith empty talk of keeping the country safe, one quesyion to Bush... who got the american people to this point?....out with the republicans, in with the democrats.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  146. Mitzie Sanders

    Hi Jack,

    It would seem that we would vote the bums out but statistics show that while the American public is fed up with our congress, we tend to believe that they are all bad with that one exception....the congressmen from our own state! So .... with wisdom and forethought, we will probably vote them back into office and have this same question asked of us during the next election.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  147. Jake

    Jack, what that will mean for the general election is that people will be looking for change, hope, and something to believe in, (i.e. OBAMA). Not only is Obama a democrat in a country fed up with this lunatic right wing fringe republican administration, but Obama is an image of youth and vigor and provides a blank slate for people to put their hopes and dreams onto. The good news about this desire in our great nation for hope, is that Obama is not just a figure of peace and prosperity, but he's also, get this....a good candidate. Mr. Obama is no Jimmy Carter, he's a man who actually has a decent record of experience, and has reached to incredibly far right Republicans such as Tim Cockburn. So America, in November I'm confident will vote for change they can believe in.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  148. Kevin, Seattle

    With a projected record turn out for the general election hopefully this surge of Americans will disrupt our counter-productively high incumbency rate in congress. I hope it means people will finally move away from voting party lines on single issues and start voting for the candidates willing to do their job with the public in mind.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  149. Tony Zamparelli

    I think that the country is on the precipice of a big shift. My guess is that the next president will not win by the chance of one state's electoral votes; rather, it'll be a landslide. Right now, it looks like Obama will take it. Hopefully, the ideal of good government will trump the more pedestrian party parsing.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  150. Thomas

    It means that Americans are fed up with business as usual in Washington and that whichever candidate can differentiate themselves from the status quo in this election will come out on top. All of a sudden John McCain's laundry list of supposed "experience" amounts to nothing more than the hot air he breathes when mentioning it. If Barack Obama were smart, he would continue to tout his message of change and start picking out drapes for the Oval Office.

    Thomas
    Chapel Hill, NC

    June 17, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  151. Brad, Joplin Missouri

    Well Jack it means.....a blood letting......

    June 17, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  152. Lee Matsos

    It means Obama will win.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  153. Angie, Des Moines, Iowa

    Until more people exercise their right to vote for President than exercise their right to vote for the next American Idol, I'm afraid it means nothing. Hey, here's an idea America, take a refresher course on basic Civics and learn the oh-so-many ways we are being screwed by the government instead of beaching yourself on the couch to watch TV. Maybe then we'll see some meaningful changes.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  154. John from Phoenix

    It means some democrats are going to be kicked out of congress. It is mostly their fault and republicans are to blame too but it because 90% of the time congress is dealing with something stupid like steroids in the MLB. Congress actually do something

    June 17, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  155. Paul Thorne

    Depressing indeed. If only either of the candidates were talking about change they would garner both independent and bipartisan support. Oh, thats right, J.M. and Obama are both David Bowie fans.

    This means that people across the nation will be griping about the state of our government and nation to anyone that will listen. The real question here is whether the people dissatisfied with our current situation will even register to vote or use their grievances as an excuse to simply not participate in the political process at all. If everyone who is unhappy with the state of things does get out on election day I don't know if there is anything that McCain can do to stop Obama from taking the Presidency.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  156. Judy Collischan

    Of course, members of all three branches of the American government have investments in oil and Haliburton. How can one expect change when this is the situation?

    June 17, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  157. S, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

    Jack,

    These stats should mean that Americans will flock to the polls in November to vote Republicans out of the White House. But looking back on the 2004 election, it's clear that many voters let fear rather than reason drive their vote. I work in Washington, DC for a large federal agency. The deterioration of the organization over the last several years is shocking and disappointing. If the public only knew....

    June 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  158. jan coester

    My mantra is "If you're in, you're out". The only way we are going to get a government that is independent from big business and more interested in solving the problems of the country instead of wasting their time in petty partisan bickering is to vote out all incumbents every election until we get a responsive congress. That's the only message that's going to get across to these opportunistic panderers. Eventually, it will produce a congress we can be proud of.

    Jan Coester
    Lincoln, AR

    June 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  159. Dave - Oskaloosa KS

    I hope it means that ALL incumbents WILL LOSE.

    1st Wish: ALL lobbying be abolished. Only individual donations of a specified amount allowed. Any acceptance of money or gifts by anyone or any corporation or interest group will mean immediate expulsion from Congress, Executive, or Judicial branch.

    2nd Wish: TERM LIMITS. I am so sick of the same old tired faces and voices. They haven't come up with anything new for 40 years and they were bought and paid for many years ago.

    I know there are some good people in there, but how do I know who they are? Better to kick them all out after a couple of terms, just like the President. We need new, fresh blood.

    All this from a Republican, but I am sick of all of them, both parties.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  160. Mike (Smithtown, NY)

    The problem is that Americans generally vote on short-term issues like the price they pay for gas, illegal immigrants moving to their neighborhoods, who can get married, etc. People haven't voted (yet) on issues like the environment and long term solutions to education and social security.

    I hope that during this election, people focus more than issues more than a few miles from home and a few months from today. We've had, and will continue to have the government we deserve.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  161. Sarge

    It is "change". We The People have had it with Washington. We
    can get rid of the politicians with our vote but the Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. I would like to see an amendment to
    the US Constitution to limit all Justices to a five year term on the SCOUS bench or at least a mandatory retirement age inposed on
    how long a Justice may serve.

    Sarge
    Indianapolis

    June 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  162. bernard lelko gilman wi.

    wipe the slate clean on all three branches of government and start over, it's the only way to get resultes, their all incompetant ,and unamerican bernie ,wisconsin

    June 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  163. Philip

    It means that democrats who have aligned themselves with the environmental extremists and put high energy prices on the table will pay for it this November. Never count you chickens before they hatch, ask Hilary.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  164. Nancy

    Jack,
    The American public voted these people and the ones who appointed them into office. I am more concerned about them. I no longer trust the public to make the right decision with their votes. People do what they precieve is best for their bank account not what is best for the country.
    Sad.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  165. Annick ,Maryland

    We need to reform the school education program to teach our children the truth: our system is no different than a monarchy

    June 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  166. Joe Dirvin

    Jack, hold the presidential candidates feet to the fire for the promise of a very simple and basic rule of law once one is elected. If a member of Congress or any political appointee is found to have used their office for political and/or personal financial gain, that they go to jail. Not Club Fed; but real jail. They are criminals and they must be treated as such.

    If this were the late 1800's we would be having these fools in Congress up on rails and out of town.

    I have been a regular voter since 1968.

    Joe Dirvin

    June 17, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  167. Ezeh

    Jack, with the poor rating of the different arms of our government what it tells me is that change is inevitable and "Yes we can"

    June 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  168. Todd (Austin, Texas)

    Obama will win by at least ten points in the Presidential Election...McCain will continue to stick his foot in his mouth about the Middle East and its complex relations between different religious groups...why does everyone keep saying he is better for foreign relations when he is singing songs like Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran and can't tell the different between the factions in Iraq Iran and the rest of the Middle East enough to know who is fighting who...honestly the thought of McCain as President scares me. The Republicans because of the incompetence of Bush will lose big in the coming election across the board because of the last 8 years of Enron, Housing Crisis, War, the Poor Economy, disregard for environmental issues and too many more blunders to name all of them specifically. Is it just me or does Bush plan vacations around Hurricane and Tornado season?

    June 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  169. Bart - Belgium

    Jack,

    I'm glad you mentioned Truman there. Well, I think we'll see history repeat itself in November. If I remember well, Eisenhower beat the Democrats back in '52 over "Korea, Communism and Corruption" and the "mess in Washington". So why don't we make that "Iraq, the Economy,and Lobbyists," and yes, the "mess in Washington".
    Besides, history has taught us that in times over economical recession – let's face the r-word here – the American electorate always kick the ruling party out of the White House. I don't think it's approval rates that will determine November, Jack.

    It's the economy, stupid.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  170. Martin, Miami, FL

    Most of incumbents would lose their respective elections unless they have worked with their constituency. The goverment needs to be transformed from a representative into a participative institution. Citizens need to make their representatives to be more accountable and to spend more time with the people instead of lobbyists. We need to have an open door legislative process

    June 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  171. Laurel Jones

    What will happen this next election? Huge turnover in congress, whichever party wins a majority. I'm expecting Obama will win in the end for president.

    What the people at large will do is another question. For "V for Vendetta" fans, remember: The day after the election is the 5th of November...

    June 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  172. Kevin from Alabama

    There is no doubt that this bittersweet trend of disapproval will benefit Obama and politicians like him in November. The fact is McCain will have a very tough time disguising his past record on so many issues as anything other than business-as-usual neoconservatism. Barack Obama and other young "goodwill" candidates will have much to gain from the public's discontent and McCain, finding himself the de facto leader of a crippled and disliked neocon movement, will face an uphill battle, to say the least. I may shed a tear when change sweeps this country...but it will be of joy, relief, hope...no nostalgia here.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  173. Robert

    Jack you know nothing will happen. Our country was built on the principal of participation; however, we in the United States have become fat and happy. We are more than happy to let "those guys" go to Washington to take care of us, but then we complain when they go to Washington to take of themselves instead.

    Until We the People get off our couches and begin participating in Democracy, "those guys" will continue getting away with murder.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  174. Florida

    I agree that the current president is like invisible.......but all of them are the same. Democrats too liberal...they promise everything to get elected...and once in the White house they change . yes change we can believe in. They go in another direction and the Country ia like a MESS....Republicans are the best to govern this Country..... except of course Bush made huge mistakes.... McCain , Regan and so on are not BUSH.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  175. Thomas Ellis

    McCain or Obama will have their hands full and they will fail if they do not humble thenselves and listen to the will of the people. I believe we will never change Washington until the congress stop letting greedy multi-nationals and heartless lobbyists control our government. Let's face it Jack, we got into this position because the voting electorate have been asleep at the wheel. If a politician do not vote the will of the people, why in the world should we keep re-electing him?

    June 17, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  176. Parker in Covington Kentucky

    It means, Jack, that Independents, whom I define as "malcontents" and "uninformed voters", will probably determine the results of the next election again, and we can look forward to four more years of unsatisfactory government. One only has to watch McCain lurch and tack from position to position to understand the damage that having such a huge pool of people who don't know what they want does to the political process, which should be a choice between well defined, carefully thought-out solutions. The Congress and the Presidency are forced as a result to compromise their policies, and nobody ends up happy. Until someone finds a way to cancel out this exhausting and absurd constituency, I fear that things won't change at all.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  177. Dee

    It is definitely time for the American people to take notice as to what decisions are being made in Washington. The American people doesn't appear to be the concern of the people we elected to represent us. It certainly doesn't say much about all the expericence we have in Washington. our elected officials have given themselves the best health plans and retirement packages which translate they don't have to be real conern about the American people. I say ,it is time to clean house! Experience doesn't really matter at this point!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  178. Lisa fromAtlanta Georgia

    Washington is so bi-partisen that we will never get past the gridlock until we have a democratic congress and president. This will also probably swing the supreme court to a more moderate to liberal agenda. In the course of history this continuous pendulum swing is imperative since our country is spilt almost 50/50 with liberal and conservative ideologies.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  179. Paul, Wilmore, Pennsylvania

    It will mean more election year rhetoric. Let's be realistic, no matter how unpopular the incumbent is, who out there will vote him/her out of office and risk losing the pork. Besides that, with the financial clout provided by the lobbies and special interest groups, who can afford to unseat the incumbents?

    June 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  180. Greg

    While I admire and support Obama's inspirational message for uninty and change, when I consider the dismal track record of all three branches of government in my nearly 50 years, I wonder if Karl Marx doesn't have a point!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  181. Henry Ford

    I'm siding with nothing. That is what we have been getting from our goverment, absolutly nothing. Nothing in the way of new jobs, nothing in the way of securing our borders, and nothing to fix the socail security crisis that the X-generation is going to have to work 80 hrs a week to pay for, and nothing in the way of coming up with a cure to this nations addiction to black gold. All we are getting from Washington is the constant persuit to grow the empire by taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

    Henry (27), Scottsdale, AZ

    June 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  182. Edward Southwick Jr.

    Hey Jack, Here's another one of those Revolution emails.
    With Congress at a 19% approval rate, you'd think to heck that the American public would finally start a revolution and vote out ALL incumbents. Then they might actually listen to us.
    Since most races are decided by slim margins, it would only take 10% of us voters to commit as a group to vote most of them out. We need to quit complaining, and finally do something about these terrible leaders! No matter what our affiliation, for once, let's avoid partisanship, and vote these bums out!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  183. Jack Popek

    I'm a Baby Boomer who's voted in every election since '72 – sometomes Democrat, sometimes Republican – whoever I felt was best for the job. I've NEVER failed to be disappointed! I'm approaching an underfunded Social Security system that has been robbed blind by pond scum who work 90 days a year, retire when they want (or die), while mandating 'Mandatory Retirement' for the rest of us, while they write books, and sail off into multi-million-dollar bliss, at our expense. The insanity must come to an end – vote out the incumbent, whoever he or she is, period. Clean house and start over. If the new bunch doesn't get the message, vote them out, too. Eventually, Jefferson's advice will sink in, that we need a Revolution every few generations to shake things up. Wake up, America! Stop glorifying overpaid athletes and dancing celebrities – your Country is being pulled out from under you and sold down the river.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  184. Brian Ward

    People will whine about how the government is treating them and and I am sick of it. Just as soon as the polls open, they will vote the same people back into office. It happens every year. My parents taught me however, that doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result is a sign of stupidity. I will be voting for other than the incumbent.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  185. Ronnie in Corpus Christi

    It means it is up to the American people to elect people into office (where we have the right) who will fix this country and quit putting bandaids all over the bloody place.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  186. Beverly

    The time has come to replace the old leaders with a new generation,
    as they are "ready" to come to the forefront of our government.
    Frankfort, KY

    June 17, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  187. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, the solution is simple. We need to vote out these monkeys and vote in a new set of monkeys until they get it right. We as voters don't hear from these Knuckleheads unless they're up for re-election. The voter needs to send a message. NO MORE FOOLISHNESS.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  188. kenny

    I am an African-American male with an Ivy-League education living in the midwest (Oklahoma City), currently unemployed, and a registered independent. I've voted for George Bush (1); Arlen Spector (sp?); Ed Rendell; Bill Clinton; and Lenora Fulani. Clearly, I vote for whomever I like at the time.

    I am happy with the fact (not the circumstances) that this is the first election in my lifetime that I'm aware of where so much is on the line where people actually have to take a good, long, SERIOUS, hard look at the real issues and cannot afford the normal clubhouse politics. Real/most people are affected by real/economic issues and not giving way to popularity and historical affiliation for thier choice to come. I can't imagine what must be going through the minds of southern, CONSERVATIVE, average income, white males!

    I am really quite fond of John McCain, but I think he just really wants to be president. I love the Clintons and believe it was unfair of many African-Americans to play the ridiculous race card "at" them given their proven commitment. However, I am as dedicated to Obama's run as a black man as Bill Clinton was to his wife...nomatter. This is of course (not of ANY black candidate) true given no REAL terrible issue to arise in which case my personal level of integrity would force me to reluctantly vote for McCain versus abstaining.

    Besides, I've always preferred smart to experience and have practiced this in my own hiring decision of past.

    I'd ask Ronald Reagan's timeless question, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" How about eight?

    They might figure out how to throw a little, "Read my lips," in there someplace as well.

    Finally, what happened to, "Trust, but verify." How do you trust or verify anything with people that you won't even talk to?

    June 17, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  189. angela c danville,il.

    when the unemployment rates keeps going up. along with gas,food,health care cost,why not invite them to live and walk in the shoes of real Americans who deal with the struggles ever day.maybe then they will see why we disaprove of there job performance

    June 17, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  190. Dick Zeeman

    It certainly can't help the Republicans. As an Independent, I see the Judicial Branch is getting to be just as crooked as the other two branches. And what party runs the Judicial Branch?

    June 17, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  191. carl page

    Our present day goverment is the end result of what the founding father's called," Mobacracy". Democracy only works if every citizen franchised to vote, votes. Maximum voter turnout over the last century averages around 40%. People with the most to lose i.e. , the one's with the biggest tax breaks, can afford to " contirbute' to those who protect their interest and always vote Republican. Same goes for the " moral marority crowd who vote for their , "morals representatives". Where does that leave the rest of the ones that did'nt vote? Wondering why their house is foreclosed or gas will soon be $5/gallon? We have reaped what we have sowed!

    June 17, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  192. Erik Pedersen

    The Congress can best regain its standing in popular opinion by voting to approve Rep. Kucinich's resolutions of impeachment of Dick Cheney and George Bush. Throwing out these two war criminals for high crimes and misdeameanours, including prolonged and repeated lying both to the American public and to Congress, and for actively subverting the U.S. Constitution, will go some way towards restoring the legitinate authority both of the Congress and of the detestable occupants of the executive branch. The judiciary will not regain the respect of the American public until reprehensible persons like Scalia and Thomas are themselves impeached and replaced by less biased individuals.

    Erik Pedersen
    Victoria, Canada

    June 17, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  193. Elisabeth, Bloomington, IN

    Jack you are exactly right, it will take a revolution to bring the change in attitude toward the three branches of government. It may begin with the election of Barak Obama as President. This election cycle for congress depends onreaching out to inpendents, revolutionary ideas get aired. It is the time.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  194. Tom Forstenzer

    Dear Jack,

    Although our own author of thr Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: the tree of liberty is often watered by the blood of tyrants, the answer if not revoluton–for him or our country.
    The answer is accelerated evolution–the New Deal in our times, the unprusued New Sociey.
    Our people, unlike the French, among whom I have lived for 20 years, are fact folks–not barricade people. We shall overcome meant and means regulation, legislation and enforcement–not an absent government.
    Given that we are a democracy, our vote should weigh more heavily than who has more economic power, more finanial power It's our's to use it. They have been unleashed by dog eat dog 'free market' slogans, which only means bigger monopolies, less competition is 'free'–now the American people have had time to try to survive the seeds of 'tooth and claw' free-market, foreign policy ideology.
    Tom, Ph.D Yank in Paris

    June 17, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  195. Craig

    One word "HOPE"!

    It can't get any worse, can it ?

    Craig

    June 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  196. jim from Western NY

    The president has little regard for the average Joe and seems to be determined to make the rich even richer. Congress is so tied up with money from lobbyists that they will never do the right thing for the country. The Supreme court is influenced by their own life experiences and by who nominated them to the bench. Although they deny it they made bush president in 2000 and look where we are now. One justice was arrogant enough to tell us to "get over it". Whatever happened to governmet by the people instead by lobbyists.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  197. Chris WI

    It means the we should vote out every single incumbent running this November. We need to to make a statement to these idiots that we are fed up with all the empty promises of change just to get elected. If they continue to not live up to these promises we need to keep voting all of them out until we find someone who will!!!

    Chris
    WI

    June 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  198. Ismael Ali

    Hey I live Seattle Wa, and its my 20th birthday today and my brothers 10th birthday. Well Jake, americans are fed up with our government (even non americans). Hopefully one day we can be proud with our government and country. It starts with a change. We the people are the one's electing them and putting them in offiice. Stop complaining and start voting.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  199. Mohamed Turay

    I have a dream that Barack Obama is the real candidate for change. He is the only one that the Americans people believed would able to change this country in to a good condition. When I say change, I mean a change that would makes all Americans happy and live in a better life with no more struggle for education, no more war with other foreign countries, provide jobs for the Americans, decrease house mortgage, provide good security and other good things that George Bush should have done by now. As John McCain, he would not able to do any good change for the Americans people because he would just come and do the same mess that George Bush does.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  200. RJH

    Hopefully a higher turnout of voters!!!!
    Democracy works only if people are engaged.

    June 17, 2008 at 6:43 pm |