The American public doesn’t hate Congress as much as it used to, according to a new Gallup Poll. Just last year, Congress saw its public approval ratings plummet to their lowest levels in history as Americans expressed their frustration and rage over congressional dysfunction and gridlock along party lines. Read the summary of Gallup’s findings here.Even more interesting, however, is this graph categorizing American prioritizing of national issues:It is particularly interesting that the previously hot button issues of the environment and energy policy both fall under the “low priority” category. Here is the clearest reason why the Green policy is such a botch: Americans don’t care, and to the extent that they do care, they’re mostly fine with the status quo. This is further evidence of the greens’ utter failure to craft a message that appeals to votersCertainly, the Greens won’t be too happy to hear that.Similarly, immigration reform, gun policy, and government surveillance join the environment as “low priority” issues that have garnered intense Congressional debate in recent years. Issues that concern the public today most prominently are economic growth, affordable healthcare, public education, and poverty. Congress needs to get its priorities straight and focus on the topics that the American public is most focused on.
Politics Out of FocusCongress & America's Diverging Priorities