JC asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Why does Obama's Democratic controlled congress have a lower approval rating than Bush??

Democtratic Congress Approval 18.5%

Bush 29.6%

Is THIS the CHANGE we can expect??

Democrats in congress (Pelosi, Dean) are not as far left as Obama and have a TERRIBLE approval rating.

If we go that much further to the left will the approval rating go that much fufther downward??



Obamas a Senator in the Democratic controlled congress. Where's the CHANGE?

22 Answers

  • Favorite Answer

    because they are obstructionist. they stand in the way of all progress yet they call themselves progressives. yet they stand in the way of using our own oil resources. they stand in the way of the war on terror. "Progressives" I think not

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  • 4 years ago

    Ok - The Senate is not democrat controlled. The house is - barely. Approval ratings for Congress are always lower than the president - and if you bothered to really look at the polls you would see that Republicans in congress are polling lower than Dems in congress. Most Americans still trust the Dems more, both in the White House and the Capitol.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Even MORE important is the TREND lines.

    Congress' disapproval numbers are RISING steadily and have been for some time. People are hating them more every day.

    Their approval numbers continue to FALL.

    Bush's approval ratings are actually rising.

    Contrary to popular opinion, Bush does not have "the lowest ratings in history."

    Harry Truman left office with only a 22% approval rating and now he's a virtual Saint among Democrats and Republicans for his good common sense.

    He never went to college, ran a men's clothing store before getting into politics, and was widely mocked as an inarticulate dummy.

    People were horrified when he dropped two atomic bombs on Japan.

    HIstory often tells a different tale.

    If you saw what this Congress does - or fails to do - on a day-in, day-out basis, you would wonder why their approval rating is as HIGH as it is.

    They have redefined "miserable failure."

    Regardless of who wins the Presidential Election, the American public is likely to be stuck with them again for two more years.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    People are pissed off the Pelosi Democrats cut a deal with Bush instead of pushing for his impeachment.

    You might not realize it yet but Obama's campaign for "Change" is the American govt's last chance to get it right before people start supporting revolution.

    People are tired of tax breaks for the rich where people like Warren Buffet with $46 million in yearly income are paying less tax than their secretaries are.

    People are tired of getting lied to and defrauded by the politicians and their buddies.

    Obama's success in this campaign should be a serious wake up call.

    By all rights he should have stood no chance at all of winning the nomination much less be the clear favourite for the Presidency.

    (I mean wow, talk about a dark horse candidate. There is nothing politically correct about him. Not his mixed race, not his smoking, or his obvious intelligence)


    Forget your thumbs down.

    Obama is part of the Democrat Machine that is funded by the same people as the Republican Machine. They use the same advisors and the same political theorists.

    Change is highly unlikely in either case.

    What I mean by the Change campaign is they people are not asking for a change of party. This time they are asling for a change in Govt.

    Listen to them.

    Read their responses on the blogs.

    People are very pissed off at both the Dem's and the Rep's.

    So pissed off that USA has split into two camps. Fascists who want Corporate America to save them and populists who want a return to representative govt.

    Neither ones are happy, and all hell is waiting to break out.

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  • maybe they are tired of this kind of flip flopping

    http://uk.y o u t u b e.com/watch?v=vrw_W0ekBIM

    (remove the spaces in "youtube" to see the video. yahoo has this banned from here for some reason, maybe cause its another flip flop from obama)

    heres an interview with obama where he was asked, "you said troops should be withdrawn" and he says, "No , I never said we would withdraw from iran.

    he goes on further to say that we will be there for quite a few years

    so once again, obama started the campaign by saying he will end the war and withdraw troops within 30 days. then 12 months, then 16 months and now in this interview he says not at all!!!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's hard to get things done when 1/2 are Repub's and 1/2 are Dems. They are always in a stalemate. Also, alot of Dems are mad that congress seems to give in to Bush.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Read Dick Morris new book and you will see why congress rating is so low. they're never there for one thing.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Republicans hate them because they are Democrat controlled. The Democrats hate them because Democrats don't have the votes to get anything done.

    You have to remember that Democrats are the majority by only a very slight margin. That statistic is almost as bad for the Republicans as it is for the Democrats. It indicates a vast unhappiness with government in general.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The approval rating will go down as taxes go up and deficits skyrocket. Dems are beyond clueless, they are downright scary. They are Worse than Reps even on their best day. How sad is that?

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  • 1 decade ago

    At least Bush does stuff!! The only thing the Congress has done lately is agree that steroids are bad!

    Plus, if they actually do something positive, they are afraid Bush may actually get some decent press. Don't look for them to make any ACTUAL decisions until AFTER the next election.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because there are a hell of a lot of republican Bush followers

    in congress?

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