Did it really take a poll to confirm what we who follow the news and talk to real people already know? According to a new CBS News/New York Times survey, three in four people believe the current Supreme Court justices let their personal opinions affect their decisions and even fewer said the justices decide cases based on legal analysis alone.
Opinions about Congress were just as strong with just 15 percent of respondents approving of the job Congress is doing. And if you think those numbers are bleak, know that they are actually an improvement from February’s results which found that just 10 percent of people approved of Congress’ performance.
It feels as if people are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the way that Washington is conducting business. From the debt ceiling debacle to assaults on affirmative action, it appears that a general sense of displeasure is growing among the electorate. People are struggling to take care of their families and a consensus is materializing that it places more and more of the blame on our political leaders.
Partisanship is a lethal weapon nowadays and compromise is seemingly viewed as an expletive. All of the bickering, and wrangling have become so enmeshed in the fabric of politics that people are reaching their breaking point. So while it’s interesting to see a survey about the pulse of the people, what we really need is a culture shift in Washington. That’s the study I’m ready to see.