It appears that the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have finally found something on which they can agree. At first glance, it appears that’s real good news. But the bad news is that what they agree on is that Congress isn’t doing a good job. A new Gallup poll, released last month, shows only 9 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. That’s the lowest rating in the company’s 39 years of asking the question.
The poll, taken between Nov. 7-10 among 1,039 adults, showed bipartisan disapproval for the job being done by Congress. Republicans give Congress a 9 percent approval rating while Democrats give it 10 percent. Only 8 percent of independents approve of Congress’ job performance. Gallup officials said:
The government shutdown in October clearly didn’t help Congress’ image, and it appears that the impact of that incident may linger, given the record-low approval this month. Having a divided Congress – with Republicans controlling the House and Democrats controlling the Senate – means there are complaints among partisans on both sides, reflected in similarly low congressional approval ratings among Republicans and Democrats.
The Gallop poll on Congress’ standing came just days after a Pew Research Poll showed 41 percent of the people approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing. The figure was among the lowest of his presidency and represented a drop of 14 points since January. The message to both the president and to members of Congress is that folks are pretty well fed up with what has been going on in Washington. Hopefully, we will see more bi-partisan cooperation between the two political parties and move between the White House and Congress.
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