TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro has the chart. The IRS enjoys a 40 percent approval rating (or at least it did in 2009); Congress rates only 9 percent as of October 2011.
So… will Congress turn over in vast numbers in 2012? My bet is that it will not.
- In the past, polls have shown (sorry; I don’t have a link) that while people consistently say bad things about Congress as a whole, they make an exception for their own member of Congress, who somehow is always the good guy/gal.
- Second, we have a large bloc of Republicans who vote the straight party ticket in a way Democrats typically do not… although at present, in the presidential race, it is unclear who the bloc head is for whom they will vote.
- Third, there are many more U.S. Senate Democrats than Republicans up for re-election in 2012 (21 Dems, 10 GOPers, 2 independents).
- And finally, there is that most deplorable of all voter frauds, the one perpetrated by the GOP with the intention of eviscerating the vote of likely Democratic voters, the one known inaccurately as “Voter ID.”
All of those taken together could well cause the 2012 elections to leave Congress about as popular as it is today… or worse.
It’s “democracy” at work… oh, joy! [/snark]