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The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category.
Last month, 11% of voters gave the legislature good or excellent ratings. Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008.
The percentage of Democrats who give Congress positive ratings fell from 17% last month to 13% this month. The number of Democrats who give Congress a poor rating remained unchanged. Among Republicans, 8% give Congress good or excellent ratings, up just a point from last month. Sixty-five percent (65%) of GOP voters say Congress is doing a poor job, down a single point from last month.
Voters not affiliated with either party are the most critical of Congressional performance. Just 3% of those voters give Congress positive ratings, down from 6% last month. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe Congress is doing a poor job, up from 57% last month.
Just 12% of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11% to 13% throughout 2008. The majority of voters (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation to improve life in America.
Voters hold little positive sentiment about the future. Just 41% find it at least somewhat likely that Congress will address important problems facing our nation in the near future, while 55% find this unlikely.
Despite these negative attitudes towards Congress, Democrats continue to enjoy a double digit lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
Most voters (72%) think most members of Congress are more interested in furthering their own political careers. Just 14% believe members are genuinely interested in helping people.
A separate Rasmussen survey found that half of all voters believe America’s best days are in the past. However, another survey found that 64% of voters also believe that the world would be a better place if more countries were similar to the United States.
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”—Samuel Adams
Friday, July 4, 2008
JOEY on Middle Mountain
Laurel Fork Overlook
Mandi riding on her favorite road. Just before the "Sinks of Gandy."
view from camp
More views from camp
"Eileen" our new Camp Buddy
Joey on the way home
More of my most all-time favorite road to ride on.
Joey and I had plans on attending the Tour de Burg last week but Joeys hamstring was rebelling so we changed our plans. My mom mentioned to me that they would be heading to camp July 3rd-6th. She said that they would pick up all of our stuff for the weekend when they passed through Elkins, but we found some awesome deals on some road bikes thanks to L.B. and they are to be delivered to the race on Saturday. So change of plans, we packed up our stuff late wednesday after working on the bike shop ALL DAY, and gave a few things to my mom and dad. We planned out a few good routes and headed to camp. We left Elkins at 10 am and headed out Files Creek Rd, over Cheat Mtn, Bemis, Glady, West Fork Rail Trail to Durbin, Over Middle Mountain, through Laural Fork, and to Camp. Less than 10 miles of pavement for a 64 mile ride.
Arrived at camp to have a great campfire cooked dinner, hung out and played Rumy with Joey and my mom and dad. Joey had way to much of my dad's homemade wine and ended up running outside at 12:30 am to dispose of his earlier dinner. Slept a few hours and then set off for home. While getting my clothes changed I did manage to break my middle toe. (didn't go to the hospital but it looks pretty broken, black and blue, swollen and hurts like hell) We decided to take a shorter route for the way home. Joey wasn't feeling 100% after running to the bathroom all night and morning and we are planning on racing tomorrow.
5:53 hours up and 3:02 hours home. That should tell you the amount of climbing.
A great way to get to camp and our car wasn't even moved. We are already planning our next trip.
Last week we ordered these fancy seat post racks with a strapon bag. Fed Ex sucks and gave us the run around. Long story short my 2 day shipping was a waste. But the racks were waiting on the porch for us when we got home. They will be great for next time. Our backs with be happier too.
This one will be marked as one I'll never forget. The scenery was amazing. I would love to move in up at camp. We need to go and spend a while and explore. Next time Joey, my mom and dad and I will be going through the Sinks of Gandy. ( an awesome cave just over the hill from camp)
Well I better go wake Joey up from his deserved nap. Dinner is done.