"Our Children and Grandchildren are not merely statistics towards which we can be indifferent" JFK

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Congress Approval Rating ONLY 5 Points Higher than Anthony Weiner's Sex Texting Scandal

...and that I will well and faithfully discharge
the duties of the office on which I am about to enter:
So help me God.

Even at his lowest point, George Bush was 54% better than you!

In November 2008, just before the presidential election, only 20 percent approved of the job George Bush was doing as president - the lowest of any president since Gallup began asking the question in 1938.

In a recent poll, Anthony Weiner had an abysmal 8-percent approval rating among registered voters.

By Lydia Saad
October 12, 2011

PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of Americans who approve of the job Congress is doing returned to 13% in October, matching the all-time Gallup low on this measure, first recorded in December 2010 and repeated in August.

Congress' approval has been low all year, registering below 20% each month since June. The latest results are based on a Gallup poll conducted Oct. 6-9.

It's Time To Focus on the Grandchildren!
You've Had Your Time and You Blew It.

Behind the recent rock-bottom ratings is subpar approval from all three party groups. Republicans' and independents' approval of Congress in 2011 has consistently been below 25%, and more often below 20%. After averaging 24% from January through July, Democrats' approval fell sharply in August, to 15%, and has remained lower than that since.

Currently, Republicans' and Democrats' approval of Congress is identical, at 14%, similar to the 13% among independents.

Older Americans are even less favorable toward Congress than the public at large. Eight percent of those 55 and older approved of Congress in October, similar to their single-digit ratings of Congress since July. Approval is not much higher among middle-aged adults, but rises to 21% among those 18 to 34. Young adults have been more supportive of Congress this year than older age groups, similar to their relatively high approval of President Barack Obama. This is consistent with previous Gallup research showing a long-term inverse relationship between congressional approval and age.

These age patterns may be even more pronounced today than historically, and could be relevant to congressional race outcomes if they hold through next year's elections, because older Americans are typically more likely to vote.

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