Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Have Confidence They'll Put Them To The Test

A Gallup poll was making the rounds last week in which Congress was ranked dead last in confidence among the institutions included in its survey. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air covered it here. One note that Ed made got me thinking:

Gallup doesn’t chart the presidential confidence level over the same period of time it does with Congress. The highest Congressional level in the last 10 years was 30%, but it would be interesting to see how Bush fared in that same period. Something tells me it took him a little longer to get down to 26% and on a gentler slope than the 15% drop in a year Obama has had.

But instead of wondering how presidential confidence compared, I wondered how this form of Congressional "approval" was influenced by which party was in the majority. See if you detect a pattern:

Senate Control and Congressional Approval
(click image to enlarge)

Well. When Republicans control the Senate, Congressional "approval" rises. When Democrats control the Senate, look out below. The notable exception was Republican control from 2003 through 2006, in which the index dropped steeply -- a movement the Democrats have seen fit to continue, to unprecedented depths ahead of the elections this fall.

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