Approval ratings of Congress have just about bottomed out. Voters have much fatigue with lawmakers who appear to have more interest in sword rattling and political theater than practical problem solving or reasonable compromise. Why should they take a summer break?
Meanwhile. two thirds think President Obama should be locked in room with Republicans until the two sides reach agreements. No, really. That’s what a new Fox News voter poll says, even as Mr. Obama himself repairs to Martha’s Vineyard for his own R and R.
Here’s what the numbers say:
82 percent of U.S. voters say that Congress does not deserve to take a summer recess; 82 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of conservatives, 80 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of liberals agree.
48 percent of voters overall say President Obama does not deserve to take a vacation; 71 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of conservatives, 19 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of liberals agree.
63 percent of voters overall say the best way Mr. Obama can solve the nation’s problems is to “lock himself in a room with Republicans”; 76 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of conservatives, 42 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of liberals agree.
24 percent of voters overall say Mr. Obama can solve problems by traveling the nation and making policy speeches; 12 percent of Republicans, 17 percent of conservatives, 42 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of liberals agree.
Source: A Fox News poll of 1,007 registered U.S. voters conducted Aug. 3 to 5.