June 12, 2007


Approval of Congress lowest in a decade
: Only about a quarter of Americans approve of how it's doing its job, a poll shows; most see 'business as usual. (Noam N. Levey, June 12, 2007, LA Times)

Fueled by disappointment at the pace of change since Democrats assumed the majority on Capitol Hill, public approval of Congress has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll.

Just 27% of Americans now approve of the way Congress is doing its job, the poll found, down from 36% in January, when Democrats assumed control of the House and the Senate. [...]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), the first woman to hold that position, has also failed to impress many Americans. Only 36% approve of the way she is handling the job, the poll found.

Maverick won't have much trouble bringing a new congressional majority in with him, at least in the House.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 12, 2007 1:00 PM

Maverick is running at about 11% tied with Romney and about 15 points behind both Thompson and Rudy. He is tied for third place in current polls.

Posted by: Ray Clutts at June 12, 2007 1:26 PM

I think the nominee is going to be someone named Fred.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 12, 2007 2:05 PM

Yes, he'd lose if he were on American Idol. He leads and will win IA, NH, and SC, which is how the nomination of his party is determined.

Posted by: oj at June 12, 2007 3:35 PM

Old enough to remember Hogan's Heroes? Imagine Orrin looking at the polls: "I see nothing, NOTHING!"

Neither does the Arizona grump. Oh well, everybody else knows he's finished.

Posted by: Casey Abell at June 12, 2007 4:52 PM


You and OJ should make a bet. Thompson is the person who has a shot at beating McCain.

Posted by: Bruno at June 12, 2007 5:37 PM

Look at the polls and see who's polled and you'll see things more clearly. Tony Blair is the most popular world leader among Americans. We don't get to vote for him.

Posted by: oj at June 12, 2007 6:36 PM

Casey is right - 1 out of a bunch of polls shows McCain favorably and those are the ones OJ is focusing on. In a field with Rudy, Romney, and Fred McCain is the Washington Insider, especially with his name all over the immigration bill. He can't claim maverick status anymore.

Posted by: AWW at June 12, 2007 9:54 PM

EXACTLY, THE ONLY POLLs he leads are the ones where folks will be voting on the nominee. Indeed, Rudy isn't even going to run in IA because he can't win it.

Posted by: oj at June 12, 2007 10:05 PM

The latest polling shows Maverick trailing Romney in Iowa and New Hampshire and about even with Guiliani in South Carolina. Not that it matters - it's already a two man race: Rudy or Fred. We may be the Stupid Party, but still not dumb enough to nominate a sure loser like Maverick.

Posted by: sog at June 12, 2007 11:02 PM

It's a hierarchical party--next in line always gets the nomination.

Posted by: oj at June 13, 2007 5:49 AM