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Friday, June 20, 2008

Americans: Military Good, Congress Bad

A new Gallup poll shows that 71% of Americans expressed confidence in the military while only 12% (yes, really, 12%) have confidence in Congress. According to Gallup, that's the lowest confidence rating in the 35 year history of the polling. More people expressed confidence in President Bush, even than in Congress. Here are all the things that people have more confidence in than Congress, from greatest to least:
  • The military
  • Small business
  • The police
  • Church
  • The medical system
  • Public schools
  • Supreme Court
  • Banks
  • The Presidency
  • Television News
  • Newspapers
  • Organized labor
  • The criminal justice system
  • Big business
  • HMO's
  • Congress
Yes, President Bush is ahead of the media, the justice system, big business, HMO's and Congress. The fact that people have more confidence in any of these than in Congress speaks volumes to how much Americans attribute the role of Congress in solving our problems. It's one thing to expect a President to set an agenda, but the reality is Congress has to carry it out or create their own agenda. The Democrats have done nothing but react to the President instead of acting on their own. There's only so much blame you can throw at him for the state of affairs when you control both houses of Congress and I think this poll shows the American people realize that.

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