Congress' New Approval Rating Low: 9%

Just when you thought 11% rating couldn't go lower...

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 26, 2011 8:14 AM CDT | Updated Oct 29, 2011 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Congress’ approval ratings have sunk to their lowest since CBS and the New York Times started keeping track in 1977: Just 9% of Americans now approve of the job Congress is doing, down from 11% last month. Only a tenth of Americans trust the government to make generally sound decisions, compared to 23% last year. And the anger is spread across party lines.

Some 84% overall disapprove of the job Congress is doing; that breaks down into 83% of Republicans, 83% of Democrats, and 85% of independents. As for President Obama, his approval rating remains less than 50%, though at 46% it has climbed two percentage points from September. The same figure, 46%, disapprove of Obama’s work as president. Perhaps his Leno appearance will change some minds.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,  whispers to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a photo opportunity in the House Speaker's office.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., whispers to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a photo opportunity in the House Speaker's office.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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