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PHILOSOPHICAL FLAKE

“Nothing like waking up to a poll saying you’re the nation’s least popular senator. Given the public’s dim view of Congress in general, that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum,” notes Sen. Jeff Flake in a Facebook post, referring to a new Public Policy Polling declaring him “the most unpopular sitting senator we’ve polled on.” The Arizona Republican drew a 32 percent approval rating.

It was a “backlash” against the gun vote, the partisan pollster said.

“Notwithstanding the polling firm’s leftist bent, I would assume that my poll numbers have indeed taken a southerly turn since my vote against the Manchin-Toomey background check proposal. It was a popular amendment, and I voted against it,” Mr. Flake observed.

POLL DU JOUR

93 percent of Americans ages 18-29 have never volunteered for a political cause or candidate.

91 percent of Americans ages 18-19 have not participated in a government, political, or issue-related organization.

87 percent have never attended a political rally; 73 percent do not consider themselves “politically active.”

71 percent are registered to vote; 59 percent of that group said they voted in the 2012 election.

47 percent said “better candidates” would motivate more in their age group to vote; 28 percent cited more “convenient” polling places.

38 percent say they are liberals, 36 percent are conservatives, 26 percent are moderates.

37 percent say they are independents, 37 percent are Democrats, 25 percent Republicans.

Source: A Harvard University Institute of Politics poll of 3,103 U.S. adults ages 18-29, conducted March 20-April 8 and released Tuesday.

Philosophy, crabby commentary to jharper@washingtontimes.com