Public satisfaction with the job lawmakers are doing has fallen 11 points since May, to 24 percent, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. That's lower than for President Bush, who hasn't fared well lately, either...
Poll respondents from both political parties say they're tired of the fighting between Congress and the White House, and want the two branches of government to work together on such issues as education, health care and the Iraq war.
But does this make any sense?
Tammy Lambirth, 42, a data researcher from San Antonio, disapproves of "all the fighting that they do all the time."
"The Republicans are just stonewalling everything, and the Democrats are just not stepping up and making them do what they need to do, especially about Iraq," said Lambirth, a Democrat. "They need to make our troops get out of Iraq."
Here's the same person, literally the same person, saying that Democrats need to stop fighting with Republicans while at the same time forcing them to do things the Republicans don't want to do.
I don't have a lot of insight here. It seems like these two instincts are contradictory.
Thoughts? Is there some large group of passive aggressive Americans in every polling sample I don't know about? I'm sure this is something you pollsters and politicians out there know a lot about.