A new poll by The New York Times/CBS News shows just how disgusted the American public is with government, including politicians from both parties:
Not only do 89 percent of Americans say they distrust government to do the right thing, but 74 percent say the country is on the wrong track and 84 percent disapprove of Congress — warnings for Democrats and Republicans alike.
The public equally split their approval (46%) and disapproval (46%) of President Obama’s job.
With nearly all Americans remaining fearful that the economy is stagnating or deteriorating further, two-thirds of the public said that wealth should be distributed more evenly in the country. Seven in 10 Americans think the policies of Congressional Republicans favor the rich. Two-thirds object to tax cuts for corporations and a similar number prefer increasing income taxes on millionaires.
Only about a quarter of the public said that lowering taxes on large corporations or repealing the entire national health care lawwas a good idea. But half of the public favors reducing or repealing regulations on businesses in the United States.The disapproval toward Congress has risen 22 percentage points since the beginning of the year when Republicans took control of the House.
Public’s Views on Issues Favor Democrats
With 2/3 of the public believing income should be more fairly distributed, and only a quarter said lower taxes on corporations or repealing the entire health care law was a good idea, combined with a 22% rise in disapproval of Congress since Republicans took control of the house.
Can They Turn it into Electoral Victory
Republicans are fond of saying nobody has won the WH with Mr. Obama’s current low approval ratings. Beyond the fact that his ratings may increase before election day, that 89% who distrust the government to do the right thing shows the public’s curse on both parties’ houses.
In this situation, more favorable policy numbers for Democrats can be invaluable. They give the President room for a ‘showdown’ with House obstruction on his jobs bills and substantial issues for Democrats to push in re-election campaigns