SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s number: 51 percent

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

* Sun-Times

How much worse could things get for Congress? Not only do Americans say the best way to fix Congress is to fire everyone (but it rarely happens), a new poll reveals just how fed up voters are with Congress. Specifically, they’re pointing the finger directly at their own member like never before.

The Washington Post-ABC poll shows that 51 percent of voters disapprove of their own member of Congress. In the quarter-century that the Post-ABC has been asking the question, this is the first time it’s ever eclipsed the 50-percent mark. Only 41 percent approve of their own member.

That poll is here.

* But

A recent Pew poll, for instance, showed 69 percent of people wanted to unseat most members of Congress, but just 36 percent said the same of their own member.

Even so, that 36 percent is significantly higher than the 29 percent who said the same about their own members in 1994 and two points above the rate in 2010.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


16 Comments
  1. - A guy... - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 9:53 am:

    I disapprove of my member, but that’s because of redistricting. 4 years ago I approved. I didn’t change, my approved member didn’t change. We were realigned away from one another. I suspect this is the case for many. A lot of people were switched from Roskam to Quigley or Roskam to Duckworth. All three still in Congress.


  2. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Generational change coming. Anyone elected before 2008 needs to be removed in November.


  3. - train111 - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    I went from Hultgren to Roskam. Doesn’t matter a hill of beans what I think anyways. It’s a GOP vote dump district and Roskam would get reelected with 65% of the vote even if the Dems nominated Jesus Christ himself.
    I am dissapointed however that the Dems candidate against Roskam has no campaign whatsoever and is only a name on the ballot. At least their candidate 2 years ago put some effort into it.


  4. - cover - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 10:28 am:

    Rich, since 2 of the first 3 comments are related to redistricting, it is possible that the dissatisfaction with respondents’ own members is due to “improved” gerrymandering. If, say, you are a Democrat placed in a 55% GOP district, you’re likely to be unhappy with your representative.


  5. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 10:28 am:

    Significant change.

    It used to always be “those people” not “our person.” I even see it at different levels of government, when wasteful, and borderline-corrupt practices are claimed for the state and federal levels, or “those pols in Chicago,” but the same exact same behavior goes unnoticed at local school boards and villages around the state.”

    Maybe breaking down that illusion is a good thing.


  6. - Sir Reel - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 10:36 am:

    Maybe there’s hope yet but the effects of years of gerrymandering districts are hard to overcome. My Congressional District is Republican by design. My Congressman gets more and more conservative as he seeks power in the House which is under the influence of the Tea Party. I like him less and less.


  7. - One of the 35 - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 10:37 am:

    Many others have made this argument before me, but the founding fathers really never intended for elected representatives to be career politicians. You were elected to serve for a limited period of time and then return to your regular occupation.


  8. - Federalist - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 10:50 am:

    I agree that gerrymandering districts is a real issue.

    My rep in Congress is Democrat in a relatively safe district. Will not answer emails or letters. If you want any real response other than a pro forma letter you had better be part of a big organization or make a big contribution.

    But the larger question is how does this dissatisfaction on a national level line up in terms of Democratic vs. Republican held districts.


  9. - Six Degrees of Separation - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 10:59 am:

    If we were truly f a “throw the bums out” mindset like we say we are, gerrymandering wouldn’t influence much of anything, and we’d have a new set of critters every few years to be dissatisfied with. Methinks we doth protest too much.


  10. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:09 am:

    Illinois will be a Congressional campaign battleground for at least the duration of the current map and likely the duration of the next map. IL-10, IL-11, IL-12, IL-13 and IL-17 will be toss-ups during the next several cycle. And, if Congresswoman Duckworth ever decides to run for statewide office or if she is nominated to become VA Secretary, then IL-8 will be in play as well.


  11. - BMAN - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    If voting the members of congress is what it takes to get a representative government, I’m all for it. This partisan politics is one of the biggest detriments of our country.


  12. - Roadypig - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 12:26 pm:

    - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Generational change coming. Anyone elected before 2008 needs to be removed in November.

    From your previous posts, I am guessing you are part of the younger generation of those who are of voting age. Considering the vast majority of people who actually make to the polls and vote aren’t in your demographics, what will it take to get more of your peers to vote for change? I am not being snarky- after every election the pundits complain about the falling percentages of Gen X and Y (or whatever you want to call those under 40) who just don’t vote in large enough numbers to get their concerns met by politicians. I’m sure those in your inner circle are politically active, but my son is in his late 20’s and he tells me he can’t even get his friends and coworkers to even discuss politics (and he has a white collar IT job). Apathy by all voters is bad for the country, but the level of participation of the under 40 crowd continues to drop. Unless they start getting involved enough to join in, the age 65+ crowd will continue to vote for their best interests, and that generational change you mention won’t happen.


  13. - Anonymoiis - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    ==Unless they start getting involved enough to join in, the age 65+ crowd will continue to vote for their best interests, and that generational change you mention won’t happen.==

    That’s been said for decades, back to when the current 65+ crowd voted less as youngsters, maybe before that. It’s nothing new, has been discussed and analyzed to death in poli-sci classes and journals…. and won’t be changing anytime soon.


  14. - Anonymoiis - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    To add, I took “generational change” to mean a changing of the guard, so to speak, in terms of who’s sitting in office. That’s not a voter age issue, it’s a voter tolerance for the status quo issue, that occasionally reaches it’s tipping point across all demographics.


  15. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    People are honked, but the great majority of incumbent Senators and 90%+ of incumbent House members will be re-elected. Same with incumbent GA members. Hardly generational change.

    In Congress, the job is not to govern, but to raise money and duck tough votes to protect your right or left flank, depending on your party affiliation. As part of that, you spend much of your day feeding the 24-hour cable TV infotainment elephant with blah, blah, blah.

    Once you’re sick of that, you take your pension and cash out for K Street. Good work, if you can get it, and stomach it.


  16. - Geronimo - Tuesday, Aug 5, 14 @ 8:30 pm:

    I disapprove of my member. His stance on a subject important to me was why I voted for him. He flip-flopped. Too bad I have to wait for the next election to fire him with my vote. Do any of them have backbones or memories of what they say? So I get pretty annoyed with people who say they get what they deserve when they vote people into office. That’s assuming they never ever, ever change their fickle minds about what they stand for in a flash.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* No pension bump for Stermer, MJM still not persuaded on special session
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - More comptroller stuff
* 1:30 comptroller announcement expected - Stermer appointed, says he will resign January 12th
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Comptroller stuff
* Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Bears open thread
* More adventures in misgovernance
* Question of the day - Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Petulance all around
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Galaxy S6 evidence, Sony Xperia Z4 leak, Lumia Denim & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Deezer update: lyrics you can read or sing-along to
        * Rovio updates Angry Birds Epic RPG with player vs player gameplay
        * Google confirms NVIDIA Tegra K1 as Project Ara SoC option
        * Looney Tunes make a comeback on mobile devices with new game
        * Samsung Galaxy J1 tipped as upcoming entry-level Android
        * Oppo R5 review: Thin is an understatement

        * Nvidia Offers Shield Tablet Bundle With Games for $399
        * Verizon To Roll Out Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim for Lumia 822 and 928
        * Gresso Launches Luxurious Android Devices With Gold and Titanium Coating
        * Verizon Offering 50 Percent Off on Smartphones $199 And Above
        * Samsung Galaxy J1 Specifications Leaked
        * Lian-Li O Series: Thin and Slek Wall-Mountable Chassis
        * Xbox One VR Kit In The Pipeline (Rumor)

        * Terrerobytes: Future of Cuban baseball complicated on both sides
        * White Sox sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal
        * Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal
        * Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox
        * Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15
        * ZiPS projections underscore White Sox's riskiest bets
        * AL Central looking like one powerhouse division

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Latest Illiana tollway step a heartbreaker to some..
        * Kadner: Illinois is broke, with too many state .....
        * Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers..
        * Quinn Appoints Stermer as Comptroller..


        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
        * Home confinement ordered for ex-pharmacy officials
        * Illinois law nixes deadline for asbestos lawsuits
        * Gov. Quinn names comptroller to replace Topinka
        * Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list
        * St. Charles students expelled after computer hack
        * Rauner calls Illinois comptroller appointment 'appropriate'
        * 1 thing even Rahm can't fix: Da Bears
        * AP Interview: Killeen sees UI as economic asset
        * SIUE sending plants to space for research project

        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
        * Quinn names longtime aide Jerry Stermer comptroller until Jan. 12
        * Quinn signs law to nix deadline for asbestos lawsuits
        * Quinn to name comptroller replacement this afternoon
        * Madigan says T-Mobile settlement shields consumers
        * Quinn calls legislature back to Springfield to approve special election to replace Topinka
        * Audit: DCFS loses track of runaways
        * Audit: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids
        * Chicago couple convicted of stealing state grants

        * Rauner already showing he misses Topinka
        * It's not you, it's me: Wintrust finds a new lender
        * Leadership Greater Chicago chief David DeCoursey dies at 66
        * FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
        * These halls are really decked out for Christmas


        * Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposes Halsted location
        * Despite community pleas, CPS puts Dyett HS out for proposals
        * Quinn to appoint new Illinois Comptroller today
        * Gov. Quinn appoints longtime aide as Illinois comptroller
        * Watch: President Obama's year-end press conference
        * Rewriting the Sony cyberattack script
        * time for new course in Cuba
        * Are Rahm's numbers creeping up? New internals show him near 50
        * Obama guidance, press schedule, Dec. 19, 2014. Press conference
        * A whole lot of nothing from the City Council


        * Barrington woman, teammate win Season 25 of 'Amazing Race'
        * 1 dead, 12 injured in daytime Chicago shootings
        * High school student among 2 charged with Joliet murder
        * Stolen Northwestern Memorial Healthcare computer had information of 2,800 patients
        * Two more Chicago pot dispensaries get zoning approval
        * Bail set at $2 million in Willowbrook strangulation
        * Two charged with stealing Salvation Army donation bucket
        * Jury duty pay increase coming next year
        * Lyons man accused of promoting prostitution on Backpage
        * Indiana stage collapse survivors settle for $50 million: lawyers


        * Listen to State Week - December 19, 2014
        * Quinn Picks Budget Chief To Be Temporary Comptroller
        * 'Uber-gentrification' a force in Chicago's West Loop
        * Durbin leaving Congressional roommates behind
        * Worries rise in Russia as ruble falls
        * Improviser finds purpose in Chicago police mental health crisis trainings
        * Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles
        * Waukegan woman seeks to trademark 'I can't breathe'
        * Obama re-establishing US relations with Cuba
        * Teaching hospitals hit hardest by medicare fines for patient safety


        * Sen. Dick Durbin: Clean water access bill honors Simon
        * Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf
        * Quote of the day: Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
        * Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay
        * Quinn names longtime aide Jerry Stermer comptroller until Jan. 12
        * Quinn signs law to nix deadline for asbestos lawsuits
        * Madigan says T-Mobile settlement shields consumers
        * E.J. Dionne: Chuck Schumer: Take two
        * Esther Cepeda: The rainbow that isn’t
        * Raoul, Righter, Nekritz, Sandack: Clarifying privacy, eavesdropping bill


        * Updated: Danville names Geddis new schools superintendent
        * Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims
        * Magic moment
        * Lottie Marshall
        * Robert DeHoet
        * JoBerta Doering
        * Mary Jane Highland
        * Mary Jane Yoder
        * Imogene Short
        * Marcie Burnett


        * Women's Top 25 Capsules
        * No. 16 Oregon State women rally in 71-55 win over S Illinois
        * Kehres takes some blame after latest Stagg Bowl loss
        * Butler, Mirotic lead Bulls over Grizzlies 103-97
        * Crockett, defense lead N Dakota St past Sam Houston State

        * Roskam helps lead charge to protect Chicag...
        * Durbin 'overjoyed' Gross is home; Roskam q...
        * Roskam gives impassioned plea for better m...
        * Lee Zeldin Named Co-Chair of the House Rep...
        * Rehab of Affordable Housing Building in Ol...
        * Zeldin To Co-Chair House GOP Israel Caucus...
        * Bera and Holding to be co-chairs of Congre...
        * Rep. Danny Davis Hopes to Keep His Seat fo...
        * Ami Bera, George Holding are new co-chairs...
        * Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to f...

        * 2012 Predictions Revisited: What the Seers......
        * U.S. Household Net Worth Climbs, and More...
        * 800K Furloughed as Government Shuts Down, ......
        * Mideast and Iran Lead Talks Between Obama ......

        * Kirk applauds bill that invests in Metro East...
        * Where Are Chicago Gang Members Getting The......
        * Report: Mass Shooting in Chicago Was Resul......
        * Senators Durbin, Kirk Join In Support Of S......
        * North Korea Hack Should Prompt Terror Desi......

        * Thorner: Common Core slanted to produce new generation of left-leaning citizens
        * Rev. Dean Nelson Interview [video]
        * Tribune Study: Red Light Cameras Have Zero Impact On Safety
        * Dienhart: Illinois' state of conservativism is worse than I thought
        * Rev. Walter B Hoye II Interview [video]
        * Certain Way Of How To Get Substantial Grades In Higher education
        * “Black Lives Matter” … or do they?
        * Rev. Garland R. Hunt Interview [video]
        * Quinn made the safe comptroller choice, no matter what anyone thinks
        * AFSCME and other city unions sue over Rahm’s pension cuts.


        * Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session - Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Hits New Low - Illinois’ Economic Comeback Continues; Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More than Six Years
        * Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States - 2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service
        * Law Enforcement, IDOT Make Final Push to Save Lives in 2014, Roadside Safety Checks Planned Over Holidays - New Episode of “The Driving Dead” Premieres Friday as Holiday Travelers are Reminded to Drive Sober and Buckle Up




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller