David Harsanyi: Lets stop kidding ourselves - Americans love their politicians
1) Most of us believe that the country is headed the wrong way. Today only 23 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going, roughly equivalent to the 22 percent we saw during the 2010 elections and the 24 percent before the 1982 elections.
And of course, “deserve” has absolutely nothing to do with Washington. Though numbers are hard to come by, it is reasonable to assert that Americans are less apt to renew their cellphone plans, credit cards and gym memberships than they are to re-elect their politicians. In most districts, Americans discard trends, pop stars and actors/actresses with a far higher frequency than they do senators. A more accurate — or perhaps a less imperfect — method of measuring congressional approval ratings would be to compile the approval ratings of all 435 representatives and calculate the average. The present method of polling basically asks voters: What do you think of everyone else’s stupid choices? A question rigged to bring you a preposterously low and useless number in an era of heightened partisan warfare.
David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist.
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