Monday, January 27, 2014

Americans' Trust In Congress

Back in July of 2010 I used the occasion of a Gallup Poll on the trust Americans have in various institutions, as related by a post Ed Morrissey did at Hot Air, to compare that trust in the US Congress with the number of Republicans serving in the Senate.

Well, this morning there was another Morrissey post that caught my eye. In a post about Congressional approval ratings, Ed writes:

Here’s the problem with this analysis of the poll, however — Congressional approval ratings always stink. These may stink more than usual, but the 90%+ reelection rate for Congressional incumbents is probably not in serious danger, except perhaps in the Senate, where the numbers don’t favor Democrats.

We've had a couple more elections since my 2010 post, so let's run those numbers again.

The Confidence America Has in Congress
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My 2010 post summarized things this way:

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.

The trend has continued, even in the blip of Republicans picking up seats in 2010 -- and the trust in Congress rose -- and losing seats in 2012 -- and trust falling again.

And . . . here comes 2014.

Vote Republican: help America regain trust in Congress.

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