Monmouth University Poll (conducted between July 25th and 30th of a national random sample of 1,012 adults -- with a margin of error of 3.1 points).
The "shocking result" I mentioned in the title of this post is not about the chart above, which shows the public approval of the job Congress is doing. In fact, that result (14% approval) is very consistent with what dozens of other polls have shown for several months now. The public is disgusted with Congress -- and that disgust cuts across all party lines and age groups.
The shocking part comes when two other questions are asked in the survey. Those questions were:
Which political party controls the Senate?
Which political party controls the House of Representatives?
An astounding 53% of Americans responding did not know the Democrats control the Senate -- including 55% of the poll's Democrats. And an equally astounding 48% of Americans did not know that Republicans control the House of Representatives -- including 50% of the poll's Republicans. It gets worse. An amazing 42% of respondents couldn't name the party controlling either chamber of Congress -- including 35% of Republicans, 46% of Independents, and 40% of Democrats. Here's how it breaks down:
I find this more than a bit worrying. Although it does explain why people keep voting these congressional idiots into power. They evidently don't watch or read enough news to even have a vague idea of who is controlling our government (or obstructing it). If they vote at all, they just vote however a family member, neighbor, preacher, or TV commercial tells them to vote.
A vibrant and lasting democracy requires an educated and informed public. After viewing this poll, I can see how we are slipping into a plutocracy -- because we don't care enough to stay informed.