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U.S. Congress Approval Ratings Continue to Plummet

Data from the most recent Economist / YouGov Poll has revealed, to no one’s surprise, that the current U.S. Congress is incredibly unpopular. The current approval rating, as of June 21-23rd, is a lowly 9 percent. These are historically low numbers and it is a major cause for concern. cumulus_uploads document fri9t21whe trackingreport.pdf

Analyzing the data, you can see that the approval rating continued its steady downward spiral through the spring and into the summer. As of April 12-14, the approval rating was 12 percent. While a drop from 12 percent to 9 percent may seem small, it suggests that there are no signs of improvement. Generally, with such a low approval rating, it would be safe to assume that the ratings could only get better, but the current Congress has found a way to defy reality.

What does the data suggest? First off, this is likely the most ineffective Congress in the history of the United States. In addition, this congress exemplifies the flaws in our political system. It is petty, partisan, childish, ineffective, and incapable. There is no longer any accountability in politics and these ratings demonstrate just that. Regardless of ratings, people will vote come election time and this sad cycle will continue to repeat without any consequences.

Will the ratings increase? Possibly, but only with the election of a new President. President Barack Obama’s ratings are doomed as the current Republicans will go to great lengths to block Democratic legislation in an effort to spite Obama and the Democrats can only save face with the election of a new President, who will have the chance to do things as they see fit and to potentially forge a new relationship with Congressional Republicans.

No matter how you look at it, polls across the board are demonstrating the inability of this Congress to agree on anything of substance and it doesn’t look like this trend will change anytime soon.

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