While the American electorate continues to reap what it sowed, here is a Reuters report on the most recent Harris Poll results:
Hillary Clinton only Administration official with positive ratings
ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(Business Wire)–
As the fall season begins, the focus moves away from town hall meetings and whatis going on around the country back to how people in Washington are dealing with issues, especially health care reform. Unfortunately, many in Wshington are not dealing from strong positions, including the president himself, in terms of pproval ratings. In fact, when it cmes to many of the leaders of Congress as ell as those handling economic issues, majorities of Americans are not even familiar enough with these people to have an opinion regarding them.
Here are some highlights of other interesting results.
* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the only member of the administration to have a positive job rating. Just over half of Americans (51%) give her positive marks, while 31% give her negative ratings and 18% are not familiar enough with her to have an opinion;
* Vice President Joe Biden is rated more negatively (38%) than positively (33%) while 29% are not familiar enough to have an opinion;
* Just over one-quarter of Americans (28%) give Defense Secretary Robert Gates positive ratings while 17% give him negative ones, but a majority (55%) are not familiar with him;
* One in five Americans (20%) rate Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke positively, one-quarter (24%) rate his job performance negatively and 56% are not familiar enough with him to have an opinion; and,
* Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is rated positively by 17% of Americans, negatively by 26% and 57% are not familiar with him.
How shocking that a third or more of America don’t even know who any of these people are! Now that’s frightening.
The Congressional numbers are even more dismal. Yet, amazingly, these people just continue to toot along as if the rest of us aren’t even here.
Looking at Congress as a whole, their numbers continue to move downward. In May, they were at a high with 31% giving Congress positive ratings, but in June this dropped to 25% positive and currently just 22% give them positive ratings while almost four in five Americans (78%) give them negative ones. The rating of individual parties and leaders in Congress are not any better:
* One in five Americans (21%) give Democrats in Congress positive ratings while 47% give them negative ones and one-third (32%) say they are not familiar enough to have an opinion;
* Even lower numbers (12%) give Republicans in Congress positive ratings and over half (52%) give them negative ones while 37% are not familiar with them;
* Looking at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 19% of Americans give her job positive marks but almost half (48%) give her negative ones and one-third (33%) are not familiar with her;
* However, her familiarity is better than any of the other leaders in Congress. Staying in the House, three-quarter of Americans (73%) are not familiar with House Minority Leader John Boehner, with 8% giving him positive ratings and 19% negative marks; and
* Three in five Americans (61%) are not familiar with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, while 10% give him positive marks and 29% give him negative ones. On the other side of the aisle, 72% of Americans are not familiar enough with
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to have an opinion, 8% give him positive marks and 20% give him negative ratings.