Rasmussen Reports is great reading. Its latest survey asked 1,000 likely voters whether they could do a better job than Congress in righting the economy. Americans are known for over-confidence, but I think what Mencken called The Great Boob Public is right on in this case:
Forty-four percent (44%) voters also think a group of people selected at random from the phone book would do a better job addressing the nation's problems than the current Congress, but 37% disagree. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.
The new Congress fares worse on this question that the previous Congress. Last October, just 33% said a randomly selected group of Americans would do a better job than the Congress then in session….
Since they no longer control either the Senate or the House, it's no surprise that a majority of Republicans (51%) say a group of people picked at random from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress. But even more unaffiliated voters (56%) agree.
Democrats take the opposite view--49% of those in Nancy Pelosi's party say Congress today is better than a random group from the phone book. Just 28% disagree.
I am genuinely curious and concerned about the 33 percent who don't think they could do better than Congress on the economy.
And I think it is a sign of growing sanity that only 49 percent of Democrats "say Congress today is better than a random group from the phone book." That's like running for office and carrying less than of your family's vote.
Now all we need is a representative government and we'd be all set!