Congressional Approval Still In Double Digits, Barely

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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Doug Gledhill
Doug G6 years ago

Americans have ony themselves to blame because they have been giving these S.O.B's a free pass for decades, while these political crackpots have been selling the people out. When are people going to stop giving their own senator/representative a free pass at the polls election after election?

Both parties are complicent in creating this mess and none should be given consideration for re election.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

Seems as though the tea party Republicans are getting nervous. They are realizing that they have been breaks for the rich, no tax breaks for the middle class, no vote for the American Jobs Act. And the people are on to them.

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me how people can approve of their own executioners.

Igor M.
Igor m6 years ago

"It's ironic that those of you who defend keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy now defend Boehner and other Republicans blocking this tax cut for the middle class being extended."


Norquist told them to. The oracle has spoken ... In his public speech he emphasized that not extending the tax cuts for the middle class is not equivalent to tax increase. Other sleaze-balls grabbed on to it saying that cut was temporary.

"But the Bush tax cuts for the millionaires were meant to be temporary", - you will say right-away. Yes, you are right. But they think those must be permanent. And not just think ... they say it.

That is the amazing beauty of those minds ... they are absolutely sure that they were born to be rich, with the privilege to live by different laws and screw everyone else.

Who is John Galt ...

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan6 years ago

It's ironic that those of you who defend keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy now defend Boehner and other Republicans blocking this tax cut for the middle class being extended. Yet next November you'll probably be puzzled about why your party goes down.

Shirley M.
Shirley M.6 years ago

TG people appear to be waking up to the fact that President Obama has ALL Americans' interests at heart, and has had an almighty battle to get just about any change for the better through Congress. I wish him all the best at the next election, we ALL need him and his forward thinking! Let's hope you keep a truly good man in the White House.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Robin.

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan6 years ago

House Weeper Boehner is the whiner,Mike C.,when after nearly three years opposing just about everything the President supports,he suddenly,in a brazen act of hypocrisy pled that he needs the President. The Weeper's rather tardy in coming to that realization.

Mitch D.
Mitch D6 years ago

I don't approve of them either- note that 10% is a double digit. ;-)

patricia m lasek
patricia lasek6 years ago

I know I don't approve of them.