Americans’ confidence in Congress as an institution is down to 10%, which is the legislative body’s lowest ranking the and last on Gallup’s list of 16 societal institutions for the fourth straight year. Incredibly, this is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record. Americans remain most confident – 76% – in the institution that is the United States military.
Democrats are ahead once again, albeit within the margin, on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending June 9, 2013.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) released the following statement in response to the successful victory by Tea Party favorite Congressman-elect Jason Smith in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District special election.
Its official – Republicans and Democrats are now tied on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending June 2, 2013.
The IRS scandal is heating up to a serious temperature. Interviews with a regional IRS agent involved in the agency targeting Tea Party groups for additional scrutiny contradict the White House assertion that “so-called” rogue agents, and not the Obama administration, were behind the effort.
As it has been for many weeks now, voters trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to handling the economy, which is the issue they still consider most important to their vote – 80% said “very important.” However, and this is very good news for the GOP, for the first time since Election Day the GOP has regained the trust advantage on the majority of major issues.
When it comes to voter trust, Republicans are far and away the leaders on handling government spending, while Democrats lead by a similar margin on environmental issues.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann R-MN, has announced that she will not run for re-election in 2014, ending her tenure as the representative from Minnesota’s sixth congressional district after four terms.
The Democrats have retaken a small lead on the Generic Congressional ballot despite the Republicans mounting a pretty amazing comeback on the question of trust on government ethics and corruption.
President Obama’s approval rating has fallen to 47 percent, and the GOP has taken a small 1 percent lead in the Generic Congressional Ballot. Interestingly, and perhaps even more importantly, the GOP is now trusted more on the issue of government ethics and corruption.