Bush Approval Down to 24%; Congress at 11%

Government's feuding branches rewarded with ugly poll numbers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 3:29 PM CDT
President Bush rubs his eye during a press conference, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Americans' mood continues to worsen, driven by unhappiness with President Bush and the Congress, according this month's Reuters/Zogby poll. Bush's job-approval rating hit a new low of 24%, down from last month's 29%, and Congress stayed at last month's dismal 11% approval. 66% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, up 4% from September.

Only 26% of Americans explicitly say the country is on the "right track," the poll finds. "There is a real question among Americans now about how relevant this government is to them," pollster John Zogby says. "They tell us they want action on health care, education, the war and immigration, but they don't believe they are going to get it."