October 26th, 2007
08:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Anti-Washington sentiment

Watch Bill Schneider's report on the latest Congressional job approval numbers.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider takes a look at what new poll numbers about Congress may mean for the 2008 election.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ron Nebraska

    Sorry Matt, but I can not change the words and get the same meaning. While you are correct about term limits being potentially helpful, the facts of history and my personal observations remain that when legislation is introduced that could possibly benefit the majority of Americans, whether that legislation is passed or not, it is always proposed by a Democrat. A republican will only propose legislation that will benefit their small core group of supporters and financiers. As an aside, I find it interesting that so many are willing to call America a great country and be justly proud of our history while ignoring that it was Democrat control of Congress for 40+ years before, during, and after WW11 that led to so many major gains in the quality of average American lives. It has only been since Republicans have become so good at using the divisive wedge issues at election time that our quality of American life and prestige has disintegrated. These are all simply facts that can't be changed, debated maybe, but facts are facts.

    October 28, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Our Congress is made up of the people we voted for. As a people, we like our candidates to provide a glib quick answer, a cliche, an applause line, and a promise to lower taxes. Any candidate that would do that would win. They are all in Washington now, representing us.

    The government will not change until we as a people change. Our old alternatives have always been government by the rich or a welfare state. Surely there are other models for the future America.

    October 28, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. JD, San Marcos, TX

    All this poll states is American's apathy. Ask these same people that disapprove of Congress of why they disapprove and I'm sure all you'll get is blank stares. Better yet, ask these people who their congressman/woman is and I'll bet 9 out of 10 have no idea. Saying you disapprove is a copout for ignorance and a general cluelessness on the happenings within their own country. Democracy only works with an informed populous. It's no wonder why ours is the symbol of dysfunction.

    October 28, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Ann ME

    Lee from Boston – Your a loser man, time for a change. Republican

    October 29, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. Jim Topeka, KS

    The low approval of Congress is being talked about as a failing score for the Democrates. I hate to bust anyones bubble but its for the Congress and those particular that stand in the way of progress and blindly vote the way the President tells them to vote despite what the voters that put them in office are telling them.

    Right wingers are jumping with joy at the ;low rating that they are receiving in Congress, maybe they should ask are you happy withthe preformance of the Republicans elected to congress and see what the numbers are.

    October 29, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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