While Congress’ overall job approval continues to hover around record lows (9%), a recent Rasmussen poll reports House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains the most unpopular Congressional leader.
The latest Rasmussen Reports finds that 63% have at least a somewhat unfavorable opinion of the former Speaker of the House. Pelosi’s worst rating ever (64%) came in February of this year and she again hit the 64% mark in July.
A review of recent Rasmussen Reports surveys shows continued pessimism about the direction of the country in a number of key areas.
When it comes to the economy, there is a continued sense that the worse is still to come. Only 8% rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent and 32% say they owe more money now than this time last year.
The housing market continues to be a drag on any significant recovery and that is reflected by 37% reporting their home is worth less than what they owe on it. Additionally, only 12% expect the value of their home to increase in the next year.
Another indicator of the weak job market: 72% say they have grown children living with them or knows someone who does.
We, as a country, continue to voice frustration and concern about the future of our political system (and those we have elected). There is growing concern that the Democrats and Republicans are reaching, or may have already reached, a point of no return when it comes to rational compromise.
Only 17% believe the U.S. is heading in the right direction while 81% think it is unlikely that the president and Congress will agree to any significant spending cuts before the 2012 elections.
Additional surveys that confirm the dismal view we have towards our politicians as a nation include:
71% Favor Term Limits
51% Believe the Democratic agenda in Congress is extreme, 47% say same of GOP’s.
The mood of the country continues to be depressed and the recent surveys should be warnings to those currently in elected seats and those considering making runs. For our country to establish a solid recovery in the near future, both sides must begin to deal honestly with each other and dog-and-pony shows of the kind we have seen for the last few days concerning the failure of the “Super Committee” must stop.
While both sides blame each other, the reality is this committee was designed to fail. Both sides see this as an opportunity to be taken advantage of in election campaigns. Until our elected leaders begin to put the future of the country ahead of the next election cycle, our nation and its people will continue to pay the cost.
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