The latest Field Poll (pdf) shows that Californians think that Congress is doing a lousy job: 74% disapprove and only 17% approve.
At the same time, most Congressional incumbents are in no danger of losing their seat.
So Californians think that Congressional representatives for other areas are stinking up the joint.
Even more incredibly, according to the poll, more and more Californians think that single-party control will make Washington work better.
Like that has worked well in Sacramento, where Democrats control the governor’s mansion, the Assembly, the State Senate and, or all intents and purposes, the judiciary.
The Golden State is functioning so well under single-party control that it serves as a shining beacon for the concept.
Heck, our state’s June revenue deficit was a billion dollars less than projected by Governor Jerry Brown in his May revision of the state budget.
Yep, the state’s less broke that the governor thought it would be.
Not solvent. A huge budget gap remains.
And both houses of the state legislature just authorized expenditures on high speed rail while punting on pension benefit reform for state workers.
And the governor is holding the state’s public education system hostage to foist a tax increase on residents come the November election.
But single party control is working so well in California that the Field Poll reports that Californians think we ought to export the idea to Washington.
This opinion being held by Democrats would not surprise, but the Field Poll reports that independents are also on board:
At the same time there is growing support among Californians for having one party control of both the presidency and Congress. By a 46% to 30% margin voters favor having the same party control both the White House and Congress. Views about this were more divided in February, when 37% favored one-party control of both institutions and 33% divided party control.
The growing sentiment for one-party governance has occurred exclusively among this state’s Democratic and independents. Among Republicans, more favor maintaining divided party control in the nation’s capitol.
Later in the poll report, it states:
There is increasing support for unified party control of the White House and Congress among both Democrats and independents, but not among Republicans. For example, last February 45% of Democrats and 33% of independents favored one party control. Now, majorities of 56% and 51%, respectively, say this.
Demographically, the folks who favor single-party control are liberals and college-educated elites who know better than you how to run your life and just want to do the right thing without a lot of argument from less enlightened fuddy-duddies.
If you prefer living your life without government interference, make sure to vote this year.
And make sure you understand what you’re voting for before you turn in your ballot.