Wash Post: Confidence In Politicians Still Low

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Republicans

First, take a look at this…

And yet the Wash Post leads with this headline: “Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds

Well, I guess if it’s presidential and it bleeds…it leads.

Here are some more internal numbers about confidence and it shows how each has slipped over time…

First observation…take a look at the “none at all” category. Obama and Repubs are tied with 29%, but Dems have 32%. That might be why the sentiment is more negative for Dems overall, even though Repubs confidence numbers are lower.

Second observation…why does the graph for Repubs have 72% and the numbers have 73%?

Third…looks like Repubs are gaining some ground, but they still haven’t been able to recover from before the inauguration time.

Fourth, the mood is anti-incumbent, with Republicans being at the bottom of the barrel.

Listen, there’s no doubt that the GOP will make gains in the fall, don’t buy the line that it’s absolutely hopeless for the Dems. Voters aren’t dumb and they’re not just going to vote for the opposition just because they’re the opposition…especially if they have no faith in the opposition.

Your thoughts?


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9 Responses to “Wash Post: Confidence In Politicians Still Low”

  1. mw Says:

    “… they’re not just going to vote for the opposition just because they’re the opposition…especially if they have no faith in the opposition.” – jg

    But they are going to give the opposition the benefit of the doubt, particularly whey they have no faith in the party and administration in power.

  2. kranky kritter Says:

    What this poll shows quite clearly is that the public has grown more pessimistic about government as a whole. The president and both parties have seen their “no confidence at all” numbers rise.

    A new President generally gets some sort of honeymoon. Note that Obama started out in the single digits in the “none at all” confidence category. Now, 18 months in, he’s neck and neck when it comes to the people who have no hope he’ll get it right.

    Also notice that folks still hold quite a fair amount of hope for Obama compared to congress. The President changes faces, but congress does not, Congress seems to be a seriously despised institution, and I think it’s hard to argue they don’t deserve it. The bigt story, and one that I think is still being missed in the obsession with Obama, is that America has a very serious case of dissatisfaction with the elected leaders currently holding office. Anyone who doesn’t read the upcoming midterms as an across-the-board rejection of the current state of political affairs that holds all elected officials wanting is, IMO missing the message.

    As the minority, the GOP is going to do its level best to sell the 2010 results as only a rejection of the democrats and President Obama. I don’t see it. By the time we sit for turkey, we’ll have seen this chronological sequence:

    •an arguably catastrophic economic collapse
    • the GOP getting its asses handed to them
    •a VERY substantial diminishment of the popularity of the new President
    • many democrats getting their asses handed to them

    So come on. Does anyone need to be Nostradamus to pull the message from the chicken bones, tea leaves, and entrails? It’s this:

    Dear Mr. President and unesteemed members of Congress:

    We’re pissed off. We’re really, really, REALLY pissed off. We blame all of you.

    Love,

    The People

    P.S. Please save all of our entitlements and add some new ones. But no new taxes!

    I think that covers it.

  3. Nick Benjamin Says:

    @kk
    That’s pretty much my interpretation of the public mood.

    But if the GOP wins this election they’ll be convinced doctrinaire conservatism is back in fashion. And by doctrinaire conservatism I mean the stupid kind that swears tax cuts pay for themselves, not the smart kind that acknowledges they don’t.

    I doubt they will win. They seem honestly convinced that Toomey can win in PA, and that’s simply ridiculous.

  4. mw Says:

    Absolutely Nick. Every bit as ridiculous as a Republican winning Ted Kennedy’s seat. Can’t happen.

    I think Bill Press explains these poll results in clear precise terms that every Democrat and Liberal can appreciate and understand:

    “The American people are spoiled. Basically, spoiled. As a people, we are too critical. We are too quick to rush to judgment. We are too negative. We are too impatient. We want it all solved yesterday, and if you don’t, I don’t care who you are, get out of the way”

    Obviously these poll results have nothing to do with Democratic One Party Rule or President Obama. It is all the American people’s fault.

  5. kranky kritter Says:

    But if the GOP wins this election they’ll be convinced doctrinaire conservatism is back in fashion. And by doctrinaire conservatism I mean the stupid kind that swears tax cuts pay for themselves, not the smart kind that acknowledges they don’t.

    Thinking about any group as a monolith, whether it’s blacks, women, Red Sox fans, or “the GOP, ” inevitably leads to oversimplification. I am certain that after the GOP gains seats, some or even many Republicans may try to press the advantage as you suggest. Especilly in instances where the media is browsing press conferences for sound bites. That is how the game is played, after all.

    But I am also certain that there are some Republicans who understand that spending cuts must be a large part of the solution, and that difficult choices on medicare and social security must be made. As long as doctrinaire liberalism and doctrinaire conservatism take turns in power pushing their side of the story, the party in the role of resurgent minority will always be at its best pushing “see, we were right all along.” I for one am too old to be surprised or distracted by this.

    Obviously these poll results have nothing to do with Democratic One Party Rule or President Obama. It is all the American people’s fault.

    I’ll take “neither fish nor fowl” for $1000, Alex. LOL. What’s so wrong with spreading the blame for our current fix all around. After all, there’s plenty of economic crappiness these days that needs blaming and fingerpointing.

    I am not down with blaming everyday folks first when it’s in the service of suggesting that folks should blithely trust the new rulers and their big changes because the people aren’t very smart or patient.

    But I am very down with all Americans admitting our tendencies to be selfish, underinformed, and to fall back on our (selfish) biases as a default. And I’m 100% down with everyone noticing that almost no one wants to do the math, especially if the bottom line is unpleasant.

    We’d all like to have our cake and eat it too. Either we want more entitlements to be paid for by taxes on other folks, or else we believe that we deserve to to keep way more of our income while remaining convinced that all essential and desirable government services and entitlements can be maintained. Any actual math which scratches our illusions? Must be wrong…damned lies and statistics.

    Blame to politicians of all stripes is IMO richly deserved. But not for the sake of obscuring our view of the mirror. I believe that many of our worst problems are of our own making.

  6. Edith H Says:

    Did anyone catch the governors participating in their national meeting in Boston. There is some real talent at the state level and some decent economic insights by most of the speakers of both parties. I know because I am finely attuned to listening for pragmatic workable solutions to the erosion of American economic competitiveness and to the decline in sustainable jobs. The good news is, that at the state level, there are some really competent and effective people wrestling with and working through these problems, often with great success. The bad news is that they are at the state level; at the federal level we are saddled with ineffectual nitwits blinded by and locked into worn out passe ideologies. The good guys, of both parties, actually do realize that controlling one’s overhead nut is key to the competitiveness of their business community.
    And, some distinguish between “maker” jobs and “taker” jobs. They are already headed in the direction of Gov. Christie in NJ. And, OMG, they even acknowledge competition on multiple levels: for businesses, investment, and customers. I was stunned. Albeit, no one has offered ideas as to how to resolve the Wal-Mart conundrum. Governor’s may be more attuned to practical solutions because they have have to operate at a higher level of managerial and executive competence. In addition, they have had the experience of competing amongst themselves for decades.

  7. Edith H Says:

    Isn’t it ironic?
    Setting aside his ideology,I think the MSM bears a lot of the responsibility for the president’s poor image. They utterly failed in their self appointed task to properly vet him. By gushing and mooning over him they repelled as many as they attracted . They set the bar so high and the expectations so unrealistically, no mere mortal could have lived up to it. In other words, they inadvertantly set him up to fail. I have some compassion for him becasue I don’t think he sought that kind of slavish attention.

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