Congress’s approval rating is in the basement, at sixteen percent. Fifty-three percent rate the Democrat-controlled Congress as “poor.” It’s striking that even more independents (72%) than Republicans (64%) rate Congress’s performance as poor.
Michael Barone says that Democrats are losing the enthusiasm battle, too. No surprise there: what phenomena have liberals mustered that begin to approach the tea parties, townhalls, and the march on Washington of a couple of weeks ago?
The Washington Post finds that the public’s dwindling support for the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats is hitting them where it hurts, in the pocketbook. Contributions to the Democrats’ Congressional Campaign Committee and Senatorial Campaign Committee are down markedly since 2007:
The Post speculates, plausibly, that the decline in major contributions to the Dems is linked to their attacks on Wall Street, the biggest source of major contributions to their party. This trend no doubt will accelerate when taxes go up next year.
It’s still pretty much a given that Democratic candidates will have more money than Republicans in nearly every contested race, but Republicans can hope for something more nearly approaching parity in 2010. That, plus public unhappiness with the far-left direction in which the Democrats have tried to take the country, raises hopes for an excellent year for conservative candidates in 2010.
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