Congress’ job approval rating had been hovering in the low single digits for months, but it managed to drop to only 9 percent in the newest CBS News/New York Time poll. An overwhelming 84 percent of Americans don’t approve of the job Congress is currently doing. From CBS News:
In a poll released Tuesday, just nine percent of Americans said they approve of the job lawmakers on Capitol Hill are doing. The all-time low is down 2 points from an 11 percent approval rating just a month ago, and is the first single digit level since the question was first asked in 1977.
According to the poll, which was conducted between October 19-24, Americans also have less trust than ever in the government’s ability to make the right decisions: Just one in ten Americans currently say they trust the government to do what is right all or most of the time – down from 23 percent who said the same just a year ago. That figure – at just 1 percent – is a record low since the CBS News/New York Times poll first asked the question in 1976.
This is an unprecedented level of discontent with our federal government. The unhappiness is justified given both Congress’s failure to deal with the ongoing jobs crisis, and the fact that our federal government has for years been mainly looking out for the richest 1 percent of the country.
I can hope that as disappointment with Congress grows to new record levels, more Americans start realizing what the system needs is not just the election of some new politicians, but serious root and branch reform. We need public financing of elections, a way to remove many forms of effective legal bribery, and a change in our election rules that have been gamed by the two parties to eliminate any other viable choices.
While many of the current members of Congress are corrupt, our bigger problem is that the broken system itself is corrupting.