Americans don't much like Congress. What an understatement. Let me reword that. Americans hate Congress. There, that's better.
And for good reason. GOP obstructionists prevent any progress on fixing immigration, the economy, our schools, voting rights, civil rights issues, you name it. And the hostility and head-butting are constant. The infighting among Republicans is entertaining to Dems, but that must play into these numbers, too.
Americans' confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low. Seven percent of Americans say they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress as an American institution, down from the previous low of 10% in 2013. This confidence is starkly different from the 42% in 1973, the first year Gallup began asking the question. [...]
The current 7% of Americans who place confidence in Congress is the lowest of the 17 institutions Gallup measured this year, and is the lowest Gallup has ever found for any of these institutions. The dearth of public confidence in their elected leaders on Capitol Hill is yet another sign of the challenges that could face incumbents in 2014's midterm elections -- as well as more broadly a challenge to the broad underpinnings of the nation's representative democratic system.
Major shrinkage. And I'm not just referring to their numbers. After seeing that poll, Congress members (no pun) must certainly be feeling, er, inadequate:
Which brings us to more reports of shrinkage, this time courtesy of every liberal's favorite source, the always reliable Fox Biz. Via an email alert:
The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits fell last week to 312,000 from an upwardly revised 318,000 the week prior. Wall Street expected claims to fall to 314,000 from an initially reported 317,000.
Which just goes to show you, there's good shrinkage and bad shrinkage. Fair and balanced reporting, brought to you by TPC.