A politician and a drunken sailor were asked what they had in common. We don't know because the drunken sailor walked away offended.
Only 17% of US voters want their child to grow up to be a politician.
- 63% say 'no way'.
Democrats are more enthusiastic about having a politician in the family at a whopping 22%.
It seems 14% of republicans and 14% of people not affiliated with a party are ok with it.
Liberals are twice as likely as conservatives to want a child in politics.
Seventy-six percent of voters say their own congressmen put their own interests above the ones who elected them.
Members of Congress have now surpassed corporate CEO's to hold the least favorably regarded profession in the country among the nine major jobs that are periodically asked about.
Only 4% of voters say most politicians keep campaign promises.
Forty-five percent believe they deliberately make false promises to get elected.
Voters by more than two to one think high congressional re-election rates are the result of election rules that are rigged to "benefit members of Congress".
Fifty-three percent of voters find it unlikely that Congress will seriously address the most important issues facing our nation. That is the highest level found since July 2008.
Just 15% of voters now give Congress good or excellent ratings, while 53% rate them as poor.
(from Rasmussen Reports national survey)
Am I right in saying the main problem is the type of person it takes to want to be a politician in the first place? You have to love the camera, want to be center of attention, be vain to a point, be willing to compromise your soul to the highest bidder, and go to great lengths to achieve what amounts to fame and power, with few exceptions.
I know there are many capable, honest, intelligent, and hard working citizens, liberal and conservative, who could enter this service and do wonders for the country. They are quite honestly everywhere - and they are nowhere to be found.