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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'.
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.
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.
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.