Confidence in The Supreme Court, Congress, and the Presidency has hit record lows.
The Supreme Court is down to a 30 percent approval rating, an all time low. Congress is currently at 7 percent, another all time low.
The presidency is now at 29 percent, a six year low, and an all time low under Obama, just 4 points higher than the all time low under then reviled George W. Bush in 2007.
The branch with the most steep drop in confidence is the Presidency, falling a full seven percentage points from its 2013 rating of 36 percent.
Obama is currently experiencing worse ratings than his two predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, at the same point in their terms, and has done in each subsequent year of his presidency.
To put this into further perspective, in 1998 Bill Clinton had a rating 24 points higher than Obama currently does, despite the fact that he was embroiled in a sex scandal and facing impeachment.
At the same point in Bush’s presidency, his approval remained higher than Obama’s is now, despite the fact that American support for the Iraq war was at an all time low.
Since this time last year, approval for the Supreme Court, has fallen by four points, with approval for Congress falling three points. It’s a steady decline, with both branches having faired poorly from 2012 to 2013 also.
Congress, as we have highlighted, is now trusted by fewer than one in ten Americans. With more government scandals than you can shake a stick at, and pending further involvement in military mire in the Middle East, Americans clearly feel that Congress is utterly failing to represent their views and wishes on Capitol Hill.
Gallup has also noted that of 17 institutions it has measured this year, Congress came rock bottom in terms of confidence status with Americans. The criminal justice system, the healthcare system, and even banks all ranked much higher.
America’s elected representatives are also still viewed in a worse light than zombies, witches, dog poop, potholes, toenail fungus, and hemorrhoids. Congress also still ranks less popular than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, North Korea, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, or Nixon during Watergate.
“While Americans clearly have the lowest amount of confidence in the legislative branch, ratings for all three are down and are at or near their lowest points to date.” Gallup notes.
The account further suggests that the drop in confidence “threatens and complicates the U.S. system of government.”
“At this point, Americans place much greater faith in the military and the police than in any of the three branches of government.” the article notes.
Given that scores of daily accounts of police brutality are now being documented, as well as heightened concern over the rapid militarization of police, this certainly paints a dismal picture for government.