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Congress Approval Hits Single Digits – Again

Monday, 22 Dec 2008 04:02 PM

By Dave Eberhart

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Approval of Congress’ job performance has plunged to single digits again for the first time since early September, says the latest Rasmussen Reports.

In the wake of the on-again, off-again auto bailouts, only 9 percent give Congress good or excellent ratings, while 54 percent give the legislature poor marks. Just 2 percent think Congress is doing an excellent job.

The last time the ratings were this low was on September 9. In late November, 12 percent gave Congress good or excellent ratings. This is now the fifth time congressional ratings have fallen below 10 percent since June 1, says Rasmussen.

In other new Rasmussen survey findings:

  • Only 14 percent of Democratic voters rate the performance of the Congress led by their own party as good or excellent, compared to 5 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of unaffiliated voters. Thirty-five percent of Democrats say the legislators are doing a poor job, and 69 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of independents agree.

  • Sixty-six percent of men give Congress poor ratings, only 43 percent of women do the same. Eight percent of men give Congress positive ratings, along with 10 percent of women.

  • Thirty-four percent surveyed believes most members of Congress are corrupt, while 39 percent disagree. In last month's survey, 36 percent saw most members as corrupt.

  • Forty percent of Republicans view most Congress members as corrupt, along with 36 percent of unaffiliated voters and 28 percent of Democrats. Forty-four percent of Democrats do not see most members that way, and 38 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of unaffiliated voters agree.

  • Just 14 percent of voters believe members of Congress are more interested in helping people than their own careers, down from 23 percent in November. Seventy-one percent say the opposite.

  • Eighty-four percent of Republicans, 54 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of unaffiliated voters say most members of Congress are more interested in helping their own political careers. Six percent of GOP voters and 9 percent of independents think members of Congress are most interested in helping people, compared to 24 percent of Democrats.

  • Thirteen percent of voters say Congress has passed legislation to significantly improve life in America, but 60 percent say the opposite. Moreover, 57 percent say it is at least somewhat likely that Congress will address serious issues facing our nation in the near future — although 39 percent say it is unlikely.

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