Submitted By Todd on February 11th at 12:30pm
Two-thirds of Americans are "dissatisfied" or downright "angry" about the way the federal government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. On average, the public estimates that 53 cents of every tax dollar they send to Washington is "wasted."It's hard to imagine that the waste is so low, but I figure there are many opinions included from people who aren't paying all that much attention.
Despite the disapproval of government, few Americans say they know much about the "tea party" movement, which emerged last year and attracted voters angry at a government they thought was spending recklessly and overstepping its constitutional powers.Which means that, despite all its success, there's still a huge pool of voter energy still available for conservatives to tap into.
And the new poll shows that the political standing of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who was the keynote speaker last week at the first National Tea Party Convention, has deteriorated significantly.The more she speaks, the more one fact becomes clear - Sarah just isn't interested in gaining the policy knowledge that she lacks. As a result, she can never be a serious presidential candidate. She can, however, continue to be a wonderful celebritician.
Although Palin is a tea party favorite, her potential as a presidential hopeful takes a severe hit in the survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, a new low in Post-ABC polling.The news must be adding to their sense of dread at the White House - they have blown an opportunity to have a presidency of earth shattering destruction to the philosophies that made this nation great.
The opening is clear: Public dissatisfaction with how Washington operates is at its highest level in Post-ABC polling in more than a decade -- since the months after the Republican-led government shutdown in 1996 -- and negative ratings of the two major parties hover near record highs.The weaker Obama gets, the stronger the nation's chances of recovery become.