A new Gallup Poll has the public’s confidence in Congress at a new all-time low at 14%, below even HMO’s.
The percentage of Americans with a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress is at 14%, the lowest in Gallup’s history of this measure — and the lowest of any of the 16 institutions tested in this year’s Confidence in Institutions survey. It is also one of the lowest confidence ratings for any institution tested over the last three decades.
Congress is at a 14% confidence level (the lowest in the survey) behind HMO’s (15%), The Presidency (25%), public schools (33%), and the medical system (31%). The winner? The military at 69%.
The question is, will the mainstream media pick up on this story? How many stories have you heard about President Bush’s low approval ratings? Isn’t a historically low confidence level for Congress newsworthy? Perhaps not if it’s the Democrats who the public have low confidence in.
What we’ve been saying all along proves to be true — people who thought they voted for change in the last election are surprised when nothing changed. Democrats campaigned on change, rooting out corruption and pork, and ending involvement in Iraq. But corruption, earmarks and pork continue, only the party in leadership has changed. Perhaps that’s why public confidence in Congress is at a historic low point. Even the President fares better (and that doesn’t say much).
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.