I Still Don't Believe It, But...
Evidence grows that Americans' dim consciousness of reality may be penetrating their tribal allegiances to the GOP:
With the midterm elections less than seven weeks away, Americans have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Republican-controlled Congress, with substantial majorities saying that they disapprove of the job it is doing and that its members do not deserve reelection, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.Selected findings (.pdf):
The disregard for Congress is the most intense it has been since 1994, when Republicans captured 52 seats to end four decades of Democratic control of the House and retook the Senate as well.
Better or worse than you were five years ago?One other interesting finding: Sometimes justified to torture or never? Sometimes 35%, Never 56%.
Better - 18%, Worse - 60%
Approve of President Bush?
Approve - 37%, Disapprove - 56%
Approve of Congress?
Approve - 25%, Disapprove - 61%
Approve of your Congressional Rep?
Approve - 53%*, Disapprove - 29%
If the election were held today, would you vote for a Republican or Dem?
Republican - 35%, Dem - 50% (2006)
Republican - 37%, Dem - 39% (1994)
It makes no difference which party controls Congress:
Agree - 36%, Disagree - 62%
Congress accomplished more or less in 2005 and 2006 than usual?
More - 15%, Less - 64%
Congress deserves re-election?
Yes - 12%, No - 77%
How much say do people like you have in government?
Not much - 62%
Which party will make the right decisions about Iraq?
GOP - 37%, Dems - 42%
*Lowest since 1992.