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That Wacky Fourteen Percent
Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2007 | Jon Sanders

Posted on 06/22/2007 3:39:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

Americans' confidence in Congress is at a historic low point, according to results of a Gallup poll released Thursday. Only 14 percent of Americans surveyed said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress.

That is the lowest confidence level recorded in the history of Gallup polling on that institution, going back to 1973. The previous low was 18 percent in 1991, 1993 and 1994. Those happen to be the last years before the present that the Democrats controlled both chambers – and in 1991 there was also a Republican named George Bush in the White House.

Nevertheless, someone surveying the current political landscape could very well be surprised by that 14 percent. It seems far too high. Where, he might wonder, did Gallup find any Americans actually confident in Congress? One assumes they're not all lobbyists. Has Gallup penetrated the vaunted "shadows" wherein all those "undocumented Americans" (to use the euphemism of the year) are squirreled away awaiting the latest amnesty thaw?

No, that's not it. In this great country, you can find a handful of people who hold onto just about any fatuous belief, be it that Elvis is alive, lucky numbers are real, or Congress is trustworthy. What's really interesting is how the 14 percent who admit to confidence in Congress (perhaps via displaced Santa Clausism) compare in numbers with holders of other beliefs. Some examples:

* Thirty percent of Americans believe in UFOs, agreeing that "some of the unidentified flying objects that are reported are really space vehicles from other civilizations," according to a 2001 survey by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

* Thirty-one percent of Americans believe that astrology — which holds that the alignment of celestial bodies actually affects people's destinies — is at least "sort of scientific." Another nine percent said it was "very scientific" (NSF, 2001).

* About 19 percent of Americans believe that Elvis is either alive or that there is a chance he is still alive (Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, 2002).

* About 22 percent of Americans believe that President Bush knew of the 9/11 attacks in advance (Rasmussen, 2007).

* Sixteen percent (and Rosie O'Donnell) believe that explosives brought down the World Trade Center (Scripps Howard/Ohio University, 2006).

* About 17 percent believe that "Creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster will one day be discovered by science" (Baylor Religion Survey, 2005).

* Twenty-two percent of Americans believed in five or more of the following 10 pseudoscientific beliefs: "extrasensory perception (ESP), that houses can be haunted, ghosts/spirits of dead people can come back in certain places/situations, telepathy/communication between minds without using traditional senses, clairvoyance/the power of the mind to know the past and predict the future, astrology/that the position of the stars and planets affect people's lives, that people can communicate mentally with someone who has died, witches, reincarnation/the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death, and channeling/allowing a "spirit-being" to temporarily assume control of a body" (NSF 2001).

Even those handfuls are greater than the proportion of Americans with confidence in Congress – which still doesn't make the latter any less perplexing. One suspects that, if given an option stated explicitly in Fox's Elvis poll, the great majority would have agreed: "Those people are crazy."

Jon Sanders is a policy analyst and research editor at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 110th; crazy; crazytalk; desturbed; disturbed; gallup; insane; kookoo; looney; loons; mentallydeficient; moonbats; retarded; stupid

1 posted on 06/22/2007 3:39:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Oh yeah? Well, what about spontaneous human combustion?


2 posted on 06/22/2007 3:48:43 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Kaslin
And there is no help for the DC elitists on the leftist horizon. Imagine what a Hillary Presidency will do to DC's approval ratings ? The last time Hillary was our executive Health Czar, her arrogance led to the 1994 midterm loss of both houses.

Fairly sure bet that for the next decade Americans wont be looking to Congress for any solutions. In fact, Americans will be mostly looking to Congress in an attempt to figure out how they are screwing the American electorate in the current bill they are 'constructing'.

3 posted on 06/22/2007 3:57:09 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Kaslin

An otherwise amusing report is spoiled by gratuitous references to spiritual and religious beliefs that don’t make any pretense to atheistic science.


4 posted on 06/22/2007 4:03:43 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Kaslin

I dont know where they found that 14% that trusts this government. They must have scoured the nut houses and insanity wards of the hospitals from one end of the country to the other. The only thing bi-partisan about this counrty today is the total uselessness of our politicians.


5 posted on 06/22/2007 4:17:36 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: Kaslin

He forgot one. 92% of sports fans believe what they wear, eat and where they sit have a direct impact on the outcome of a game. Which, everybody knows, is true.


6 posted on 06/22/2007 4:19:42 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: sgtbono2002
I dont know where they found that 14% that trusts this government.

That's the real number of democRATS - the rest of the votes are fraudulent. There simply can't be that many stupid people in the US.

7 posted on 06/22/2007 4:26:29 AM PDT by meyer (RNC, DNC, two sides of the same coin.)
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To: Kaslin

14% is very low. Usually, the “totally stupid” segment of a poll (any poll) hovers around 20%.


8 posted on 06/22/2007 4:26:49 AM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: Kaslin

It’s nice to see that the rest of America has caught up to us and now sees the rat controlled congress for what we knew they would be.


9 posted on 06/22/2007 4:43:59 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (The Islamists plan to kill us.The Democrats and the ratmedia are helping them. Ft Dix proves it!)
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To: jmaroneps37

On Cavuto, a Young Democrats for America shill said the low approval rating was still the fault of the Republicans who were obstructing legislation the Dems were trying to pass and fallout from Bush’s low approval ratings.

Unfortunately Cavuto did not grill her on why it’s fallen so fast just in the last 5 months alone, nor on Dingy Reid’s 19% approval rating.


10 posted on 06/22/2007 4:49:09 AM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: cinives

Its amazing that it took Nancy Lugosi and Dingy Harry Reid to make Delay/Hastert look good. Its just proof that one should never say, “Things can’t get any worse.”


11 posted on 06/22/2007 4:51:59 AM PDT by appeal2 (R)
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To: jmaroneps37

I wouldn’t count on it. The same people who voted these looser in will be out in droves to vote in the next Rat. It’s a very similar dynamic to how republicans/rinos get elected. GOP hardliners scream ‘If you don’t vote for this toaster with a GOP sticker, you’ll get hitlerly!!!!’ They shout ‘Vote in John F’en Kerry or you’ll get a bible thumping, science hating, brown shirt’ It really is an interesting dynamic.


12 posted on 06/22/2007 4:53:30 AM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: Kaslin
Isn't it amazing? All these silly beliefs poll higher than Congress? It's amazing what people believe. Well, as for me...I believe I'll have another drink! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
13 posted on 06/22/2007 5:00:57 AM PDT by bcsco ("The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.")
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To: appeal2

As the saying goes, just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.


14 posted on 06/22/2007 5:18:26 AM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Kaslin

The approval rating for Congress was low before the Democrats took control. After Democrats took over the approval rating fell even farther to its present low.

The significant thing to notice about this low approval rating is that Congress continues to pay no attention to it or the demands of most Americans.

The reason for this is that members of Congress have learned that they can retain power without pleasing the electorate.

All Congressmen should be measured by how he or she votes on legislation. A Congressman’s voting record should be made widely available so that everyone can plainly see how each voted on every bill.

Can you say, “Term Limits?”


15 posted on 06/22/2007 5:19:45 AM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Past Your Eyes
SHC is quit real and has been documented. The trigger mechanism is still unknown.
16 posted on 06/22/2007 5:19:48 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ ("Courage is when you are scared to death, saddle up and ride out anyway." John F'in Wayne.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

lol


17 posted on 06/22/2007 5:20:18 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ ("Courage is when you are scared to death, saddle up and ride out anyway." John F'in Wayne.)
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To: Kaslin
As I have said before we at FR are a jaded bunch because we pay attention. Most in today’s society only care about Paris Hilton and sports. it is sad. We are left to carry the water for the vast majority of sheeple. I suspect the disapproval of congress flows from gas prices more than their current actions.
18 posted on 06/22/2007 5:22:52 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ ("Courage is when you are scared to death, saddle up and ride out anyway." John F'in Wayne.)
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To: Kaslin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1838985/posts

With much vocal opposition to the latest proposed immigration code reform, Americans are loudly and clearly sending the Senate and other Legislators of both parties a uniform message: “We simply do not trust you.”

We do not trust you to see to it the laws are enforced no matter how craftily they’re revised or devised. We do not trust you to see to it America’s borders are secured foremost. We do not trust you to see to it America’s sovereignty is placed as a top priority. Neither do we trust you to see to it law enforcement is provided with sufficient and proper tools to combat the massive invasion of America.

Americans are telling you: “Enforce our current laws - close the floodgate of illegal migration first, then when we see a legitimate enforcement effort fails expectations, we may then be more receptive to entertaining sensible code revisions.”

It’s time politicians simply realize one thing: Americans do not trust Legislators.

Americans are saying; “Prove your commitment. You’ve said you would add thousands of Border Patrol agents. You’ve failed. You’ve said you would build the border barrier. You’ve failed. You’ve justly earned your no confidence vote.”

19 posted on 06/22/2007 5:39:35 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Kaslin
Elvis is alive

Of course he's alive, and living in Area 51! ;^)

20 posted on 06/22/2007 5:44:45 AM PDT by 6ppc (Call Photo Reuters, that's the name, and away goes truth right down the drain. Photo Reuters!)
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To: mad_as_he$$
"I suspect the disapproval of congress flows from gas prices more than their current actions."

You're most prolly right. Many appear more concerned over the extra $0.17/gallon rise in gasoline price than over the trillions of dollars that would be sucked out of the US Treasury from indemnifying up to 20 million illegal aliens.

21 posted on 06/22/2007 5:45:42 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Kaslin
Where, he might wonder, did Gallup find any Americans actually confident in Congress?

It's the people that Hannity and Leno question during their "Man on the Street" interviews. Most of them don't even know who the VP is, some of them don't even know who the President is.

And, the people who vote based on feelings, campaign ads and editorial endorsements.

22 posted on 06/22/2007 5:52:28 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Kaslin
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

“Howdy! I’m a proud member of the “14 %er Club” and think we’ve got the best congress money can buy. Now where’s that jug ya’ll promised me fer sayin’ this?”


23 posted on 06/22/2007 5:59:19 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Past Your Eyes

Past, here’s Bruce Dickinson on Spontaneous Human Combustion:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=PC31eXovlEI


24 posted on 06/22/2007 6:52:09 AM PDT by wastedyears (Check my profile for links to anti-illegal immigration T-shirts.)
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To: Thrownatbirth
He forgot one. 92% of sports fans believe what they wear, eat and where they sit have a direct impact on the outcome of a game. Which, everybody knows, is true.

LOL, good one.

And the corollary to this is the 97% of sports fans who believe that they could do a better job of coaching/managing their favorite team than the current coach or manager.

25 posted on 06/22/2007 6:57:10 AM PDT by jpl
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To: Kaslin

* Sixteen percent (and Rosie O’Donnell) believe that explosives brought down the World Trade Center (Scripps Howard/Ohio University, 2006).

Is the 16% actually less than 16% because Rosie is such a fat load? Does she actually make up 4% herself?
Do we have some sort of Rosie to normal person conversion wheel?


26 posted on 06/22/2007 8:00:25 AM PDT by Holicheese (Zap Razdowler Rules!)
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To: Kaslin

This 14% probably consists of college professors, teaching in a “studies” department (womens, trans gendered etc.), people who buy unpasteurized goat milk at local food cooperatives, residents of Ithaca and Berkely, George McGovern (yes, he is still alive), people who actually believed Cheryl Crow and now are using only a single square of toilet paper, Rosie O’Donnell, Hollywood stars whose pictures appear in magazines like People and Us. Left handed lesbians with unshaven armpits, participants in gay pride parades, aging hippies who are happy to be able to reuse their 40 year old anti war protest signs and unrepentant communists who still have pictures of Joe Stalin and the Rosenbergs’ on their walls.


27 posted on 06/22/2007 8:11:48 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: wastedyears

http://www.mrmethane.com


28 posted on 06/22/2007 9:39:46 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: wastedyears

29 posted on 06/22/2007 9:44:14 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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