Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Poll Results : Congress - It stinks!

I'll boil down the numbers after the article and highlight what I consider to be the most interesting points

Confidence In GOP Is At New Low in Poll

By Richard Morin and Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, May 17, 2006; Page A01

Public confidence in GOP governance has plunged to the lowest levels of the Bush presidency, with Americans saying by wide margins that they now trust Democrats more than Republicans to deal with Iraq, the economy, immigration and other issues, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll that underscores the GOP's fragile grip on power six months before the midterm elections.

Dissatisfaction with the administration's policies in Iraq has overwhelmed other issues as the source of problems for President Bush and the Republicans. The survey suggests that pessimism about the direction of the country -- 69 percent said the nation is now off track -- and disaffection with Republicans have dramatically improved Democrats' chances to make gains in November.


And here we go:

  • 56% of those polled would prefer to see Democrats take over the house
  • 55% Were open to voting out their Congressional Rep.
  • 52% Democrats not offering a significant change over Republicans
  • 30% Will vote to show opposition to the President
  • 12% Will vote to show support of the president
  • 90% of Dems unhappy with W
  • 70% of Indepedents Unhappy with W
  • 32% Approve of W's handling of the war
  • 47% of Republicans dissaprove of Congress' performance
  • 70% of Dems and Independents dissaprove of Congress' performance
  • 62% Approve of their Congressional Reps performance
  • 52% Plan on voting Dem in the upcoming election
  • 57% Say high gas prices are causing financial hardship
Sampling size 1001
Margin of error +/- 3%

What do these numbers really mean?

Most people believe Congress is doing a craptacular job.
Most people believe that the GOP is doing an even crappier job than the Dems.
Most people believe that other districts congressional reps are crappy.

We conducted our own survey and found that:

100% of those polled believe that after reading the previous poll results Howard Dean put his fingertips together and said,"Excellent."

Sampling size: 1
Margin of error +/- 0%