Ethics Observations On The Latest Gallup Poll On Public Approval Of Congress

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.

Observations:

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.

7 thoughts on “Ethics Observations On The Latest Gallup Poll On Public Approval Of Congress

  1. What a trio: Gerry Nadler, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff.

    Social media: Whenever I get depressed about the current state of the American electorate, I get in my car and drive around and see people going places and doing things, driving pickups and work trucks and delivery trucks. These are people just going to work and doing their jobs and getting a paycheck and going home to their families. I doubt they have time to tweet or like things. The worketariat.

    • I’ve been working on the IT infrastructure for a client who’s building out a new office. It’s interesting to overhear the discussions held by the electricians and other tradesmen who are also working there. There’s not much talk of the nonsense that is considered of grave importance on the internet, or whatever the manufactured-outrage-of-the-day is. These guys don’t have Instagram or Twitter accounts; they have jobs and families.

      It’s also encouraging that, to a man, none of them are buying Bernie’s socialism bullshit, even in ultra-progressive Austin, Texas.

  2. ” 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,” ”

    A friend was talking about trying to reason with a group of people on the internet about a left-wing issue. They were complaining that the group never addressed their questions or points and just repeated the same talking points over and over. I told the person that this group was just made of ‘non-player characters’ (or NPC’s). You remember NPC’s from D&D (you roll a 1 and they do this, roll 2-4 they do that… Limited options, always the same thing). They are in modern games too. I was accused of dehumanizing these people. Then I wondered, if you can’t tell a machine from a person by its responses, you can say it can think (Turing test). If you can’t tell a person from an NPC by their responses, does it mean they can’t think? If they can’t think, have the been dehumanized? If so, who did it; the people who removed their ability to think, or the person that noticed?

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