American Voters are Pissed
The basic message from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is: Everything sucks. Bush’s plan to “overhaul” Social Security; Congress; the nation’s economy and general direction — a big Thumbs Down to all of them.
A majority thinks the Senate should play a role in deciding judicial nominees, and not just be a rubber stamp for the White House.
Congress got a 33% approval rating, its lowest rating in eleven years.
47% of respondents would prefer to have the Democrats controlling Congress after the 2006 mid-term elections. 40% want Republicans to maintain control. Uh oh, Karl Rove needs to get his mudslinging operation in gear. So many wedge issues, so little time.
The public is upset with Congress’ priorities. “Reforming” Social Security, Tom DeLay’s slippery behavior (and his fellow sleazebags constantly rallying around him) and Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube are not the priorities of most Americans. We have a disconnect here. American voters are much more concerned with the economy and health care.
As one of the pollsters said, “there are some core day-to-day issues that they don’t see being addressed.”
One of the Democratic pollsters cautioned that it’s much too early to predict a Democratic victory in the 2006 elections. “There is a difference between dissatisfaction and being a viable [replacement]. And we have a long way to go to 2006,” he said.
Only 20% say the economy has gotten better over the past 12 months. 51% think that toppling Saddam Hussein was not worth the costs and casualties. Only 36% support Bush’s plans for obliterating, er, I mean, “reforming” Social Security.
34% think the Senate should confirm the president’s judicial choices as long as they are competent and honest. 56% think the Senate should make its own decision about each nominee. Calling Video-Doctor Cat-Torturer Senator Frist: There’s a message for you.
Overall, 52% think the country is headed in the wrong direction. 35% think we’re on the right track.
According to one of the polltakers, these are signs of an angry electorate. “If you are a member of Congress and you got the poll back, you better be looking over your shoulder. The masses are not happy.”