Data point 1:
Asked about a list of institutions in American society, only 10% of those questioned in a Gallup survey released Thursday say they have confidence in Congress. That’s down three percentage points from last year, and according to their release, “this is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record.”
Congress ranks last on a list of 16 institutions. … Gallup’s been asking this question since 1973. Back then 42% said they had confidence in Congress, which was the legislative body’s high point. Confidence in Congress has been below 20% since 2006.
The poll indicates little partisan divide.
“Democrats, independents, and Republicans are about equally likely to express low confidence in Congress…”
Data point 2:
2012 election: 90% of Congress wins re-election
So… during 40 years of polling Congress has never had the confidence of a majority of respondents, and the numbers have only gotten worse over time. Two generations of carping, while reelecting the same people.
What’s that popular definition of insanity? Oh, right: doing the same thing over and over, while expecting a different result.