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Ratings for Pelosi's Congress Sink Further

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 08:50 AM

While Democrats rejoice over President Bush's dismal popularity ratings, the popularity of the Congress they control has plummeted to the lowest point since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress in 1974.

According to Gallup News Service, just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007 Gallup Poll.

That matches the low recorded in March 1992, when a check-bouncing scandal was one of several besetting Congress, which had a similarly low 19% approval rating during the energy crisis in the summer of 1979.

Gallup explained that Americans elected the Democrats as the majority party in Congress in November 2006's midterm election in large part due to frustration with the Iraq war and an ineffective and scandal-plagued Republican-led Congress.

But, the polling firm wrote "any hopes that the elections would lead to change have not been realized as Democrats' repeated attempts to force a change in Iraq war policy have been largely unsuccessful due to presidential vetoes, disagreements within their own party, and the inability to attract Republican support for their policy proposals.

"Also, many of the Democratic leadership's domestic agenda items have not become law even though some have passed one or both houses of Congress.

The poll also showed a record 72% of Americans saying the economy is "getting worse."

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