New Low: Congress' Approval Rating Hits 13%

Only 13% approve of the job it's doing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2010 10:28 AM CST
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(Newser) – Virtually no one is pleased with the current Congress. In a new Gallup poll, just 13% said they approve of the job Congress is doing, compared to 83% who said they disapprove. That’s an all-time nadir, according to Politico; previously, the lowest level was 14% in July 2008. Among Democrats, approval has fallen from 29% in November to just 16% now. Republicans are even harsher, naturally, with a mere 7% giving Congress a passing grade.

The country isn’t exactly confident in the incoming Republican Congress, either. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 38% said Republicans would do the best job handling issues over the next few years, compared to 43% who thought Barack Obama was best-equipped to handling them.

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