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.

You can read the full results of the poll at the New York Times site and here’s a graphic of the results.

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Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

Congress is infested with a bunch of extreme libertarian social darwinists who are determined to both exterminate the poor and elect an extreme libertarian social darwinist to the Presidency in 2012. What we need to ever get out of this depression is: deficit spending until (only until) the true unemployment rate (including discouraged labor market drop outs) is below the true inflation rate (the GDP deflation index--less chance to fudge than the consumer price index), more revenue (many firms would consider excise taxes designed to capture external [imposed on others] costs a lesser evil than non-tariff regulatory burden), a sustainable substitute for petroleum (like bio-diesel from algae), greening the electric supply, and a big enough employer of last resort program to provide a job for everyone willing to work at the federal minimum wage (have them do something constructive--retrofit for energy efficiency, install wind turbines and solar power systems, repair crumbling infra-structure, etc.)

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago

Vote out of office all the Republican Congressmen and women in the next election.

William G.
William G6 years ago

Joanna C. - Joy L. - Pamela D. I agree with your assessments of our political problems. The trillions of dollars that are bankrupting the US are spent on wars and prohibitions. The 'war on drugs', for instance is paying the terrorists to fight the US and help overthrow existing mid east governments. Meanwhile, Al. Gore and Ted Turner (1 Billion in financing) are working on destroying what is left of our economy. The 'Greenhouse Effect' assertions are lies and misrepresentations of otherwise legitimate scientific methodology (proven in UK court). The US should be changing to natural gas and alternate energy sources. Al and Ted have also used 'alarmist' tactics to hinder this process. Changing now to natural gas would seriously cut our dependence on foreign oil (providing national security) and provide US jobs. Free trade has greatly improved the profits of big businesses that moved overseas to sell product in the US. We need an absolute, complete change in government.

Joanna Clark
Joanna Clark6 years ago

Yesterday morning I happened to catch Maria Bartiromo on the Today Show. She was urgently pressing the assertion that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will have to be cut due to the economic woes the nation is experiencing. Her segment was immediately followed by a report about the recent loss of life in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

With all due respect to Ms. Bartiromo, she's full of nonsense. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are not the problem. Two unfunded wars being financed with loans are the problem. Drastic tax give-aways to the wealthiest few among us are the problem. Corporate tax give-aways and loopholes are the problem. Runaway health care costs driven by gouge pricing and siphoning profits away from health care are the problem. Trenchant unemployment is the problem.

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security need to be strengthened. The nation needs a jobs and public works program to rebuild its infrastructure. The nation needs a properly progressive tax structure, with the top marginal brackets paying their fair share, corporations paying their fair share, and loopholes for the wealthiest few closed up.

For those of you saying you're going to vote in a new crop of representatives come next election, please take the time to find out who they are, what they claim to stand for, and what their track record has been in the past. Remember, these people run polls and then tailor their responses so that you will think you're gettin

Joy Looney
Joy Looney6 years ago

I sent emails to my Senators and Representatives saying how disgusted I was with them. When elections roll around again I am voting for all new people to get into office. It's time the ones there leave, they aren't doing the job the American people sent them there to do and we are paying for their antics.

Pamela D.
Pamela D6 years ago

I have said this before and will say it again. This is the worst Congress ever seated in the history of the United States. These tea baggers do not represent the american people in a way that is in their best interest, but seek only to unseat Obama at any cost. I have never seen anything like it in my life time (I am in my 50's). As for their "trickle down economics", it is nothing but a smoke screen for big business. Even my high school age daughter knows that an economy is driven by "supply and demand" not trickle down from rich people, they make up only a small percentage of the population. There should be an IQ or some type of literacy test for anyone seeking candidacy for Congress then perhaps we would not be in this mess. I see them only as obstructionists. I'm afraid that the only thing that will save us, is to get rid of these cockroaches in 2012.

M.E. W.
Mary W6 years ago

I am 100% disgusted with Congress! From their anti-environment & anti-wildlife riders, to their assault on the average American, to their continual support of big business and the super rich - they are a bunch of greedy, power-hungry, corrupt SOBs. Many of them seem to be out to destroy the country and all it stands for, while they wrap themselves in the American flag.

Kenneth M.
Kenneth M6 years ago

In the polls, [R]-leaning Teatards blame the [D]s. [D]'s blame the [R]s and the [R]-leaning Teatards who elected them. In 2012, the American electorate will have to sort through all this blame-game and take yet another IQ test in the voting booths. They have FAILED a number of them in the last 10-15 years.

Even as the economy continues to teeter on the abyss of Depressio DESPITE businesses holding ~2 trillion (yes, that's a T) in cash on-hand, and beyond all common sense and a sense of common preservation, ~40% of the people polled continue think that: (1) ALL spending contributing to the debt since 2008 was wasteful; (2) the debt should be drawn down ONLY with employment-cutting spending cuts. CLEARLY, there are a great number of people out here in the electorate that wish to steer this country into another set of self-inflicted FAILURE at the hands of even more elected [R]s! Quite astonishing to realize that so many of our countymen are so abjectly STUPID!

Dan(iel) M.
Dan(iel) M6 years ago

They ALL deserve that rating. I'm a bit surprised that it is not higher. It is evident that they only are looking out fro themselves. They do not have the American pepole in mind at all.
It is time for a strong third party to step up and shake things up in Washington.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

After how the politicians, particularly the Republicans, have behaved recently, I'm not surprised by the rating. They've acted like petulant kids in a playground.