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The Do Nothing Congress Achieves an 83% Disapproval Rating

Gallup, 8/7-8/10

Congressional Job Approval

  • 13% approve of the current Congress.
  • 83% disapprove of the current Congress.

The most recent Gallup poll revealed how unpopular the current Congress is. 13% of voters approve of the job that the current Congress is doing while 83% disapprove. The margin of error for the poll was 4%.

Heading into midterm elections, the approval ratings will continue to dwindle as voters continue to grow tired of the empty promises and the lack of results that has been achieved under the current Congress. The current values are the lowest it has ever been near a midterm election. Prior to this, the lowest number achieved was 16% in March 2010. Under George Bush in 2002, 50% of voters approved of Congress, in 1998 under Bill Clinton, 44% and 23% in 1994. The current numbers are staggeringly low and it is not surprising.

In comparison, a poll conducted by The Economist and You Gov between 8/2 and 8/4 yielded an approval rating of 8%, a CBS News poll a few weeks before that revealed an approval rating of 15%, and so on. The numbers continue to drop.

With a complete deadlock in Congress which hit a high point during the government furlough, voters are frustrated and feel betrayed. Partisan politics has infected Congress like never before and both sides continue to bicker at each other and play the blame game while the American population continues to suffer with a lack of reform and proper policy.

Will Congress redeem itself in the eyes of the public? Not likely. So long as partisan politics controls Congress, there will be little change in the numbers. If neither party is willing to work together to achieve common ground, Congress will continue to be a lost cause.

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