Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Poll Shows how Out of Touch D.C., Perlmutter are with Voters

D.C. elites have much more favorable view of Congress than average American

Wheat Ridge, CO – A new poll released Monday found Washington elites have a much more favorable view of Congress than the rest of the country. 24 percent of Washington elites – those who live in the D.C. area, make more than $75,000 a year, have a college degree, and work in the political process – awarded Congress with an “A” or “B” grade. Only eleven percent of average Americans gave Congress the same grade. The poll was conducted by Penn Schoen Berland LLC.
“Clearly, those inside the beltway have been shielded from the consequences of their failed economic policies,” Ryan Frazier, Republican nominee for the 7th Congressional District, said. “It’s no surprise they are out of touch with the people they’re supposed to represent.”

The poll also found that average Americans were twice as likely to think the current ethics investigations plaguing the Democratic Party will greatly affect the November election. 38 percent of Americans believe it will have a large impact on the election, while only 19% of Washington elites believe the same thing.

“Integrity matters,” Frazier continued. “This was supposed to be the most transparent and ethical Congress in history, yet we’ve only seen more of the same.”

Since Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Golden) took office in January of 2007, Colorado’s unemployment rate has doubled. The failed stimulus spending, rammed through Congress, has not put Americans back to work.

“Congressman Perlmutter continues to be a rubberstamp for the Obama-Pelosi agenda,” Frazier concluded. “Mortimer Zuckerman, chairman and editor in chief for U.S. News and World Report, wrote in a recent opinion piece that, ‘We have had the greatest fiscal and monetary stimulus in modern times. We have had a whole series of programs to pay people to buy cars, purchase homes, pay off their mortgages, weatherize their homes, and install solar paneling on their roofs. Yet the recovery remains feeble and the aftershocks of the post-bubble credit collapse are ongoing.’ Mr. Zuckerman is dead-on in his assessment. America needs a new way forward. “