It’s an early Christmas present for Congress — their approval rating is still in the double digits!
The question is, will it still be there in 2012?
According to the most recent Gallup poll, Congressional approval has now hit a dismal 11 percent. That is the lowest that it has ever been. Ever. And that’s after already setting new record lows just two months before.
Surprised that they still have even 11 percent who still approve? Well, it depends on who you are talking to. Those who identify as Democrats or Republicans still approve of the legislative body at a rate of 14 and 12 percent, respectively. But when it comes to Independents, only 7 percent approve of the group.
As Congressional approval ratings continue to plummet, presidential approval, on the other hand, is heading in the other direction. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is now at 49 percent — the highest it has been since March of 2011. More people now approve of Obama’s plans when it comes to taxes than approve of the Republican party, at 46 to 41.
Perhaps the whole “don’t give the President a victory” plank of the 2012 GOP game plan needs to be rethought a little.
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