Polls vs Poles and other tidbits of information

Week #2 of the government shutdown is almost complete, and there has been an overwhelming reporting of poll numbers and what it means.  One of the more recent polls, one done by NBC and The Wall Street Journal, appears to show that public opinion is that the GOP is more responsible for the shutdown but both parties are liable.

The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level.

By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.

Just 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion about the GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable view of the Tea Party, which are both at all-time lows in the history of poll.

Personally, I don’t give much credence to polls like these.  As a matter of fact, many people have heard me say that there are only two kinds of polls that matter:

The first pole that matters is a fishing pole. There’s nothing better than to sit out and spend time with Mother Nature at the local fishing hole.


The other pole that matters is a stripper pole. That should be self explanatory. LOL!!!  After all, there is a such thing as the World Pole Dancing Championship competition.

That’s just how I see it.  Asking someone a poll question about politics is about as useful as standing at the beach during a Category 5 hurricane and hoping to stay dry, especially considering this poll is being conducted more than a year before the next election.  Minds can and probably will change several times before then.

As proof of the total useless nature of polls, compare and contrast these two bits of information.

*Courtesy of Gallup

Gallup currently shows Congress with an 11% favorability rating.  Since 2004, that rating has not been north of 40% with it currently at its lowest point.  However, at the same time,

Congress has a historical reelection rate of around 85%.

So, how can a governing body have more people disapproving of its performance, yet most everyone gets their job back if they run again?  That’s why polls are useless and poles are much better overall in the grand scheme of life.



One thought on “Polls vs Poles and other tidbits of information

  1. So, how can a governing body have more people disapproving of its performance, yet most everyone gets their job back if they run again?

    It’s really pretty simple; the people getting re-elected have rigged the game in their favor. I’m not sure of the exact figures but lots of Congressmen run unopposed and of the ones who do have opposition, how many of them have serious opposition that has a realistic chance of winning?

    To make a serious run for office, especially above the local level (and even there in lots of cases), you have to be rich and/or have lots of well-heeled people willing to give you large amounts of money. I know I’m a cynic by nature but I just have a hard time believing that folks who dole out large amounts of cash (especially if it’s for an election they aren’t even eligible to vote in, say across the country somewhere) do this out of the goodness of their hearts and expect nothing in return.

    No matter how big a crook I think my own congressman is (he’s AAA but shows the potential to move into the Big Leagues of crookdom) when he has no opposition, there isn’t a whole lot I or most other folks can do.


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