82% Disapproval Rate For Congress: Lowest Ever
Congress’ disapproval rating has sunk to an all-time low of 82 percent according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. Most of the 960 Americans polled said that the debate about the debt-ceiling was more about posturing for political advantage than addressing the nation’s problems. Also, most Americans called for the nation to focus on creating jobs rather than cutting spending. Nearly 75 percent said that the protracted debate had damaged the image of the US in the eyes of the world.
The 82 percent rate means that more Americans now disapprove of Congress, even than after the government shut down in 1995.
72 percent of those polled disapproved of how Republicans handled themselves in the negotiations, versus 66 percent for Democrats. But reactions were evenly divided about how President Obama had handled the negotiations, with 47 disapproving and 46 percent approving.
Public approval of the Tea Party declined: Just 20 percent now view the Tea Party favorably, and 40 percent view it unfavorably. Furthermore, 43 percent of Americans now think the Tea Party has too much influence on Republicans; in mid-April, only 26 percent had thought so.
44 percent of those polled said the cuts in the debt ceiling deal did not go far enough, a sign that the Republicans’ calls for more cuts to spending are indicative of public sentiment. But 50 percent said that the deal should have included increased tax revenue, with 40 percent saying it should have only included spending cuts. 63 percent said that households earning above $250,000 a year should have their taxes raised.
Two to one Americans think that the focus should be on creating jobs, not on spending cuts.
The poll also revealed that Obama was “emerging from the crisis less bruised than the Republicans in Congress”: 48 percent approved of how he is doing his job, and 47 percent disapproved. In contrast, 57 disapprove about how House Speaker John Boehner is doing his job, up from 16 points from April. Only 30 percent expressed approval.
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