12 Numbers Which Prove That Americans Are Sick And Tired Of Politics As Usual

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

The American people are increasingly waking up to the fact that nothing ever seems to change in Washington D.C. no matter which political party is in power.  In fact, as you will see later on in this article, an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither party "represents the American people".  Over the past several decades, we have sent a Bush, a Clinton, another Bush and an Obama to the White House, but the policies coming out of Washington have remained pretty much the same the entire time.  The mainstream media would have us believe that the Republicans and the Democrats are constantly fighting like cats and dogs, but the truth is that the Republicans want to take us to the same place that the Democrats want to take us - just a little more slowly perhaps.  And behind the scenes, Republicans and Democrats have a good time with one another and they are ultimately controlled by the same set of oligarchs.  The Americans people are really starting to recognize what a sham our system has become, and the numbers show that they are quite fed up with it.

I truly wish that things were different.  When I was much younger, I was actively involved in politics and I enthusiastically campaigned for certain candidates.  But then when they got to Washington D.C., they never did most of the things that they promised to do during their campaigns.

I was quite bewildered by this.  At the time, I concluded that we just needed to send even more "good politicians" to D.C. and then things would finally turn around.

But things never did turn around.  No matter which party had the upper hand, the same garbage continued to spew forth from Washington.

Ultimately, like millions of other Americans, I have come to see that there is not really much of a difference between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on one side, and John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Jeb Bush on the other side.

Sure, if you listen to their campaign speeches you might be tempted to think that they were polar opposites, but when you watch what they actually do there is not that much that really separates them.

Fortunately, large numbers of Americans are starting to see through this disgusting charade.  Most of our politicians are con men that tell us what we want to hear during their campaigns, and then after they are elected they forget all about us.  Dissatisfaction with these politicians has risen to unprecedented levels in recent years, and that could be a good thing.  The following are 12 numbers which prove that Americans are sick and tired of politics as usual...

#1 A national Rasmussen Reports survey has found that an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither major political party "represents the American people".

#2 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, only 29 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction.

#3 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing by a 52.2 to 43.7 percent margin.

#4 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing by a 77.6 percent to 14.2 percent margin.

#5 52 percent of Americans "do not think the economy is fair to those willing to work hard".

#6 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied "with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness".  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#7 Only 4 percent of Americans believe that it would "change Congress for the worse" if every member was voted out during the next election.

#8 An all-time low 31 percent of Americans identify themselves as Democrats.

#9 An all-time low 25 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

#10 An all-time high 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as Independents.

#11 60 percent of Americans report feeling "angry or irritable".  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#12 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the federal government will "make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014".

Of course at the heart of much of this dissatisfaction is the continuing problems in our economy.  For example, check out the Gallup daily employment tracking survey that you can find right here.  As you can see, the payroll to population number (those Americans working 30 hours a week or more) has been flatlining in the low forties for more than four years now.  The truth is that there never has been an employment recovery in this nation since the last recession. For much more on all this, please see my previous article entitled "This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…"

The last wave of the economic crisis really devastated the middle class, and as a result record numbers of Americans have become dependent on the government.  As I mentioned in one recent article, ten years ago the number of women working outnumbered the number of women on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of women on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

No wonder so many Americans are so angry.  Things are not nearly as good as they used to be.

Unfortunately, even though so many people are angry and frustrated, there is very little consensus on the solutions to our problems.

Many Americans even want to throw out the principles that this country was founded upon entirely.  For example, one recent survey discovered that 59 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution is "outdated".

That is a very chilling number.  We live at a time when Americans are becoming increasingly ignorant about who we are, where we came from and how we get here.

And a lot of our fellow citizens do not even know how our system of government works.  One survey actually found that only 25 percent of all Americans knew how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans knew how many U.S. senators there are (100).

In the final analysis, it is hard to be optimistic about a political solution to any of our major problems in the near future.  Most of our politicians are deeply corrupt, the American people are incredibly angry and are deeply divided, and the vast majority of campaigns for federal office are won by the candidate that raises the most money.

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B2u's picture

It is time to take control back from Washington DC.  Unfortunately, people are too dependent on Washington DC and nothing will change.

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

The caption on that picture...

Boehner:  I swear, if you release those surrepticious pictures of me fucking that goat, I'm gonna cry!

Obozo:  You're so pawned, Boner! Just continue doing my bidding.

Anusocracy's picture

The left and right disagree only on how to implement total control, as reflected by the cultural basis of their ideologies.

Hunter-gatherer descendant liberals or townsfolk descendant conservatives. Each believes their way is the correct way for survival.

Occams_Chainsaw's picture

Not certain who gave you the ding down but that is the truest statement I've seen in a long time.

wee-weed up's picture

Obozo acolytes are here on ZH in droves. I wear their down-arrows as a badge of courage. You would think the Tylers would weed them out...

DaddyO's picture

I am having trouble typing this because I find myself agreeing with Anus.

Fast forward from his anaology about modern liberals and socalled conservatives and you'll find the only difference is in how they propose to spend your money.

Never is the discussion about Liberty and limited government, ever.

Each will use all sorts of buzz words and cliche', but never get too close to the truth of their mission.

Deciding how the booty is spent is the real nexus of the argument.

DaddyO

ebworthen's picture

Yes, the ignorant masses are still distracted by the swinging pocket watch of "politics".

"You can vote and change things that are wrong....repeat after me..."

Dumb fucking monkeys.

Burticus's picture

Both divisions of the ruling party reside on the left, with the elephant sock puppets on the far left and jackass sock puppets on the extreme left.

The political spectrum is from 100% or totalitarian gubbermint (left) to 0% gubbermint or anarchy (right).  None of the 'murkin sock puppets are on the right and virtually none are even near the center (government limited to protecting men's rights, under the rule of law in a republic).

Huge FeRNs from the global power elite make sure "nothing changes," at least not for the better, by re-re-re-"electing" (appointing) the most corrupt incuntbents.  Of course, "voting" is now nothing more than a hapless charade for the masses, since computers controlled by the elephant/jackass sock puppets decide the winner by "counting the votes" in secret.

Slave's picture

Your comment implies that Boner has different views from Bath House...

wee-weed up's picture

No, they're both scum...

With differing methods of screwing American citizens.

But Obozo has a proven track record of using his rabid goons for digging up (and using!) dirt on others.

drendebe10's picture

Caption (cont):

Boner:  Tonite,I'll slip u a high hard one.

Fudgepacker in chief:   Wheeee!  Can i bring the wookie to watch? 

MeMongo's picture

Who could down vote that wee? I was thinking boner was like " hey O tumbo,this is my pinky finger in your butt, and if you stupid illegal halfbro fuk don't stop making like you know what the fuk the definition of what means, than go ahead say it again!

buzzsaw99's picture

#13) 51% intend to vote for their incumbent.

813kml's picture

It's the American way to give a second chance...and a third...and a fourth...

It'll be different next time...

Anusocracy's picture

Clown Psychopaths to the left of me, Joker Psychopaths to the right, here I am, Stuck in the middle of tyranny with you.

James-Morrison's picture

If you don't like your Incumbant..
you can keep your Incumbant, (because you are terrified by the non-Incumbant).

14) 100% of voters believe there is a difference between the two parties.

old naughty's picture

"100% of voters believe there is a difference between the two parties."

100% of voters, may be (there's always a skeptic few).

But at best, 50% believe there is a difference between...

the two sides are different, no? You can't add them together.

Sorry, reading today's articles give me a bad day.

;-p

SgtSchultz's picture

What about TMZ polling? How about Entertainment Weekly polling?  I am sure everything is just great for their audiences after all they must consider themselves well informed and on the cutting edge of breaking "news" events.

yellencrash's picture

Rand Paul could be the dark horse to take it in 2016.

Christophe2's picture

Why?  Because that rotten sellout proved himself a vocal Mitt Romney 'supporter'?  PUHLEEZE.

Slave's picture

There's not much else to say.

nmewn's picture

Perhaps you have some better in mind?

Slave's picture

No, I don't. But I can tell you for sure that the solution to the corrupt system will not come from within it.

nmewn's picture

I was speaking to Chistophe but if we're going to keep electing fucking SENATORS to run the executive branch of government (a CEO position, a completely different set of skill sets as opposed to a "legislator") I'll throw in with Rand.

Who felt so strongly about having Brennan at CIA and "imperial" drone strikes (an act of war) that he left the comfort of his chair? He could have voted nay like any other milquetoast rep and called it a day...but he didn't.

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Yeah and thats my red, so there are no misunderstandings.

Slave's picture

I don't think that is proof of any real conviction on the part of Rand Paul. I would love to believe that he could be elected and would perform as you expect, but I can't believe that.

And I only downvote trolls and statists, not people with whom I disagree.

nmewn's picture

Well, I think Crisco2 (lol) had other motives for his comment.

So what other convictions might Rand have, that you need proof of or might agree with?

Could we say he is also for a smaller, less intrusive centralized federal government? Could we say, he doesn't believe in regulating & taxing our society into oblivion, like an Obama or Hillary or Bush or Warren, as in, say...a statist who you would junk?

And as an aside, I give far more greens than reds, so consider yourself, special ;-)

Slave's picture

It's not so much what Rand Paul says or does while in the Senate where he is only 1/100 because he pretty much has no influence on outcomes. I'm certain if he ran for President and became the Republican nominee that the bankers would get to him and he'd be owned like the rest. Whether they got to him a long time ago and he's just currently deep cover or they get to him later is unknown...but they will get to him if he threatens them, one way or another. I remember in 2000 Bush pretty much ran on isolationism, in 2004 Kerry was anti-war, and in 2008 Obama was anti-rich. I just don't think we're going to be able to vote our way out of this. 

My mother always told me I was special too. =)

James-Morrison's picture

So your solution is to:
1) vote for Hillary
2) not vote - like that really shows them (I don't like the game. I'm taking my marbles and going home).

We are so doomed.

N2OJoe's picture

I prefer option:

3) Guillotines

They obviously don't fear voting but everyone fears being drug through the street by an angry mob.

nmewn's picture

My first dup, you are special...lol.

Christophe2's picture

I am surprised you don't consider nmewn a troll.  He seems to be pretty obviously plugging a number of statist/system lies, like how we should limit our thinking to ONLY the pukes who make it onto TV, or even that the only way to solve political problems is to delegate everything to some professional blowhard who promises he'll do it all for us.  More Hope & Change, different bunch of actors, different demographic.

As far as his earlier question of who to suggest, any truther would be better than the Pauls or any of the other 9/11 cover-artists that so like to pretend they care about people on TV.  Real people don't exist as candidates, apparently, so they always want for us to only ever pine for the lesser evil, since he is so much 'better'...

But I know better than to believe the sociopaths in charge would accept any vote result that strips them of power and impunity...  Like you said, the solution is not in voting or using what the system offers us as 'solutions', but in looking far beyond that.

IMO, self-improvement is one immediate alternative: by searching for and developping sane solutions that exist outside of the corporate/mainstream (food, health, etc.), one will not only be better off financially and in health/happiness/etc., but one will simultaneously be starving the beast that normally feeds off of so much of our economic activity...  Normally, at that point one also starts having a clearer head and more free time (NO TV!), which can lead to the next step in figuring out how best to make a smart difference as a group as well. :)

nmewn's picture

Could you possibly get anymore catch phraseolgy into a single comment?

I think you forgot HAARP, chemtrails, manmade global warming, income inequality, Gaia and vegan saints ;-)

mccvilb's picture

We need a sea change. Isolationism works until you look up and learn you've been conscripted to kill other poor bastards or to die for reasons that you will never be privy to, or you find yourself standing on a public sidewalk uniformed sociopaths claim they alone dictate the right to occupy unmolested.

We should examine the hive mentality closer. There is no morality there, no right or wrong. There just is. It's been incredibly successful and it's based on a parthenogenicism not requiring fertilization from outside influences. I like your idea of learning and growing from your knowledge until you can identify and join up with like-minded individuals and form cohorts; establishing leaderless power bases which work in silence for the common good.

Christophe2's picture

Thx Bro!  I totally agree about the enormous impact of the group on the mind, and how we all need to do a LOT of work to become much more self-aware and free of manipulation.

The elites know very well how to use all that against us normally, but once their techniques become known (eg: http://cryptome.org/2012/07/gent-forum-spies.htm), they become ineffective.  Sharing that kind of stuff really makes a difference!

Also, what I like about the personal improvement approach is that it can break societal mind control: people don't want to know about 9/11 because they can't do anything about it and because they feel they will be made to suffer (ridicule and much worse) if they accept the truth - hence they refuse all that stuff.  But when offered info that can directly help them, then they can be tempted, and once they start to benefit from doubting the system, then there will be no stopping their progress...

And even better: even if, in the worst case, no one else follows along, then at least the individual still benefits from his personal self-improvement - there is no down side!  But how sweet would it be to find lots of symbiotic and smart people like that and to team up with them...

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Just because you liked old man Ron, you shouldn't just support his toupee wearing wacko son. Would you want Tom Hank's retarded looking brother to star in a blockbuster movie? How about drafting Michael Jordan's asshole kid number 1 in the draft.

drendebe10's picture

Dr. Brn Carson for President 2016

runbenrun.org

mumbo_jumbo's picture

and that will change nothing, Rand Paul would be Bush 4.0 since Obingo is Bush 3.0.

Robinhood's picture

I propose a national referendum to impeach, expel, fire all of the members of the executive, legislative and judical branches, and end the Fed and start from scratch. 

No more fucking lawyers, bankers or people who talk through their asses. 

Oh, stupid me this isn't a democracy.

intric8's picture

Word! Nothing will change until every career politician is thrown out of office and replaced by honest, non-idiological types who are truly out to make the american people their politics, and nothing else. We take care of OUR OWN now, first, and until further notice. Other countries have a right to their own sovereignty, so our foreign policy is LIVE AND LET LIVE. And abolish the fed res, as you outlined, or at least default on all debt they refuse to provide accounting for. Cease unilateral support for israel to get the muslims off our backs. Then, monitor israel closely for false flag terrorist attacks on the u.s. Oh yes, they would pull that crap.

Milestones's picture

You'll get your wish if in the Constitutional Convention in 1916  we can restore the ORIGINAL 13th Amendment, which WAS RATIFIED in1819 but got "Misplaced" by ('m sure) attorneys as it would mean a loss of citizenship if they maintained their pledge to the BAR. Private Corperation. I have read it in its entirety in an older law book that was used in a court. The 14th was also scammed during the Reconstruction period just after the Civil War.                               Milestones

 

 

The "Good OLe Days" weren't so damn good either.

Milestones's picture

2016 not 1916. Kinda jumped a century. Oops.              Milestones

u8mapwho's picture

Blah blah blah. Another list that everyone knows and no one can or will do anything about until it is too late.

Atomizer's picture

Rape, crying, divorce, cheating, gay marriage, smoking choom laws, lack of any morals, society breakdown, country divide, the poor EBT negro’s, open the flood gates on increasing unemployment thru Amnesty. We already did the test run in UK. Check how successful that turned out to be. Umm, you might just repeat history again. Cough..

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

May your face be forever covered in santorum!

i_call_you_my_base's picture

Divide and conquer. The practice has been absorbed and is part of the system. It's a corruption equilibrium.

Yen Cross's picture

  Congressional approval is just over 20%.  The author should be the first in the " Iron Horse".  IMHO

  Just under 20% (sp;congressional approval 14%)

q99x2's picture

Everyone fucking hates Jamie Dimon.

SharkBit's picture

I used to work at JPM but Jamie must be put out to pasture.  Nothing cool or cleaver here.  Just part of the establishment.

Dr. Destructo's picture

"Jamie must be put out to pasture."

Too peaceful of an end for a criminal. Life imprisonment at the very least, hung for treason at the most.

I'd pay to watch him hang.

q99x2's picture

7 billion people hate the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers and Janet Yellen in particular.