From Gallup, released today:
More Americans approve of the job congressional Republicans are doing than of congressional Democrats’ performance — 40% vs. 35%. The rating for Republicans in Congress has risen six percentage points since late October, before the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the same period, congressional Democrats’ approval rating has edged down three points and disapproval has climbed five points, from 57% to 62%…
The latest readings for these measures, from a Feb. 17-28 poll, are Gallup’s first since the Dec. 18 impeachment of Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives and his subsequent acquittal in the U.S. Senate on Feb. 5. The votes in the House and Senate broke largely along party lines, with only a few exceptions. This split is similarly reflected in rank-and-file partisans’ approval ratings of Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
Although majorities of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, as well as Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, approve of the job their own party’s members of Congress are doing, there is a significant difference between the two groups. Republicans’ approval of congressional Republicans has jumped 13 points to 76% since October, but Democrats’ 65% approval of congressional Democrats is virtually unchanged from October…
Republicans’ and Republican leaners’ more positive evaluations of their own party’s congressional caucus are the major reason Republicans in Congress receive higher ratings than Democrats in Congress overall.
1. I was tempted to just post the quote and the link under the headline, “Res Ipsa Loquitur”and leave it at that. I was also tempted to post both on Facebook, with the comment: “See what happens when you live in the Facebook bubble? I bet you’re shocked at this. (PS: I’m not.)” I decided that would be taunting, which is unethical, and when one of the usual suspects wrote that I was just repeating Fox News talking points and was a “Trump supporter,” I might have gotten angry. I can be very mean when I’m angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.
2. What a great idea the impeachment was! Brilliant! Any unbiased observer with two brain cells to rub together could have told the Democrats that their case for impeachment was weak, partisan, and based on hate rather than the Constitution. Recent history indicated that the ploy would be a political disaster; so did common sense. Nevertheless, they went forward anyway. This is what hate does to ethics. It’s an old, indeed ancient lesson, and yet we haven’t learned it yet.
3. Whatever harm befalls the Democrats as a result of this, the news media’s unethical cheerleading is substantially accountable. This is what happens when the news media, rather than the public itself, becomes the audience the parties start playing to. Distortion. Incompetence. Wounds to our institutions and democracy itself.
4. Social media is a bubble, and as such is more of a force for disinformation than any Russian plot imaginable. Those who spent their days adding “likes” to paens to Adam Schiff, Pelosi and Senator Schumer, and reading about how Mitch McConnell was trashing the Constitution by blocking a dangerous and desperate impeachment that would have turned the separation of powers into a parliamentary system where the legislative branch ruled, were cruelly deceived, and made stupid in the process.
5. Yes, polls will deceive us. They tend to support narratives, however, if there was any validity to the narrative to begin with. All this latest from Gallup, perhaps the least politically slanted of all the polls, shows is that the obvious conclusion the extended scream of the the Democrat/”resistance”/ mainstream media collective couldn’t alter reality, only obscure it.
You can read the report here.