You may see a few things written about the latest Quinnipiac poll from partisans of one side or another and I wanted to set the record straight on it. Here are a few of the major findings:
- Trump maintains his low approval rating.
- Congress maintains its low approval rating.
- Congress’s approval rating is lower than Trump’s.
- More people identify as Democrats than Republicans.
- More people identify as independents than either Republicans or Democrats and nearly twice as many identify as independents than identify as Republicans.
- More people have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party than of the Democratic Party but the difference is within the margin of error.
- More people want the Democratic Party to take control of the Congress than want the Republicans to maintain control, presumably as a counterbalance to Trump.
- Favorable/unfavorable views of the presidents of the post-war period break down along party lines.
- A majority of Americans see the economy as being in good shape.
- A super-majority of Americans see their own financial condition as good.
I’m a bit surprised at how persistent and pervasive propaganda is in the results. By any objective and balanced measure Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and GWB were poor presidents; Gerald Ford, Bush Sr., and Bill Clinton were mediocre. Nixon and Johnson are controversial. IMO Barack Obama was a mediocre president; only soft bigotry or partisanship could award him a higher grade.
I think that overall the findings constitute a scathing indictment of the American political system. We’re all losers. The only winners are unpopular incumbents who are re-elected again and again.
Hat tip: RealClearPolitics which notes that the favorability of the Democrats is falling. As the late Mayor Daley once said, however it looks now, somebody will win the election.