Congress' New Approval Rating Low: 9%
Just when you thought 11% rating couldn't go lower...
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2011 8:14 AM CDT
Updated Oct 29, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
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)

(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.

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MSF
Nov 25, 2011 6:48 PM CST
The approval rating of Congress doesn't surprise me. I had filed a stock fraud case as my stocks were crushed as threatened before October Crash of 2000 if I didn't sign over my Mining Property. Follow at Twitter @NayssMark..............................................
Oracle
Nov 2, 2011 12:33 AM CDT
Congress has a very poor rating; currently around 9% or 10% approval. I have asked several friends and relatives if they know who is getting the bad ratings. To my surprise, every one of them answered Congress - you know the House of Representatives, - the Republicans. I explained that Congress is made up of two chambers: the House and Senate. It is both chambers that get, and deserve, the low ratings. Each and every person I asked said (words to the effect) that the news media speaks of 'Congress' as the Republicans, blaming the whole mess on the republicans alone. I explained, that the main-stream-media is very left, liberal, progressive oriented. Don't expect to get the total story from a biased source. Do your own homework. !!!
ProbolyKnot
Oct 30, 2011 5:49 AM CDT
Is it any wonder so few people approve of Congress? The democrats and the republicans have totally corrupted the two party system into a complete scam on America. They're criminal in misappropriation and waste, and they're selling us out to the highest bidders... they fight and argue and (badly) pretend to be agents of the public good... and the majority of the US population does little more than complain about it. With so little government satisfaction, why do people still register and vote republican or democrat? Why do people apathetically not register or vote at all? Everybody should be registered as something other than R or D and should be voting for anybody but R or D... and the candidates who do get our votes should be forced into being actual public servants.