Friday, September 22, 2006

Cognitive dissonance in action

Here's an extreme example of cognitive dissonance in action from a New York Times story, Only 25% In Poll Approve of the Congress.

With barely seven weeks until the midterm elections, Americans have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Republican-controlled Congress, with substantial majorities saying that they disapprove of the job it is doing and that its members do not deserve re-election, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

However:

Two-thirds said Congress had accomplished less than it typically did in a two-year session; most said they could not name a single major piece of legislation that cleared this Congress. Just 25 percent said they approved of the way Congress was doing its job.

And finally [italics added]:

Thus, while 61 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the way Congress was handling its job, just 29 percent said they disapproved of the way their own “representative is handling his or her job.”

So, everybody can agree that Congress really sucks, but my guy's awesome! It's interesting to see these people can disdain an entire group, but when it comes to the home team, there's no problem.