The approval rating of Congress is at an all-time low. In pretty much every poll – from Fox to CBS to Gallup – voters are very clear that they do not approve of our current Congress. Most of the polls hover around a 9% approval rating.
It’s so bad, in fact, that voters are even saying they think their own representatives need to be replaced. That’s very rare. Usually, people poll along the lines of, “Congress is bad, but my Congressperson is okay.” Not anymore. Nowadays, Americans generally agree that Congress sucks. Period.
So here’s what I don’t understand…
In the last Presidential election, voter turnout was around 64%. That’s pretty good.
In the last midterm (Congressional) election, voter turnout was around 40%.
So Americans disapprove of Congress far more than they disapprove of the President, yet more than half of them don’t bother to vote in Congressional elections.
That makes no sense to me.
Polls are pretty damn clear that we all agree something needs to be done about Congress, but less than half of eligible voters bother to do anything about it. Most of us come out to vote for the President, but we just don’t bother voting when it comes to the people who actually make the laws.
See, that’s the real kicker. The President doesn’t make the laws. Sure, the President can push for a law, but it’s up to Congress to actually pass it.
You don’t like Obamacare, you say? Well, why didn’t you try to vote in the people who could repeal it?
You hate the way some politicians treat women, you say? Well, why the hell did you sit at home when those people were voted into office? It’s not like they kept their views secret.
And don’t give me that, “My vote doesn’t matter anyway” crap. You got out and voted during the last Presidential election, so that answer is horse hockey.
It’s time for us to realize that we cannot change this country by only voting in Presidential elections. If we sit home during Congressional elections, Congress will never, ever change.
So quit being a slacker. Get out and vote in midterm elections.