Gerrymandering a source of Congress’ unpopularity

“Barring a miracle, the 113th Congress will go down as the least-popular in history,” wrote Carl M. Cannon, Washington editor for RealClearPolitics. He noted that the latest Gallup polling showed that 81 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, with 14 percent approving. That’s actually up slightly from the 10 percent approval rating in February but still rock bottom. Some dismiss the ratings as artificially low, noting how individual members tend to have solid approval ratings in their home districts. But that’s the problem, Cannon argues, because those carefully crafted “safe” districts don’t reflect the country at large. “Gerrymandering, and its many ripple effects, is the true source of our discontent,” he said.