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Congress Approval Rating Drops to 9 Percent, an All-Time Low

By Michael Mullins   |   Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 02:05 PM

Congress' approval rating has dropped to an all-time low of 9 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. The previous low of 10 percent approval for the House was reached twice in 2012.

"Americans have rarely been highly positive about Congress, which has an average approval rating of 33 percent since 1974," Gallup noted in a press release about the Congressional approval rating.

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"Congressional approval on an annual basis was highest in 2001 at 56 percent," Gallup noted, "but since the 2008 financial crisis, approval has been particularly low, with the exception of the months after Obama's first inauguration in 2009."

Thus far, the 2013 average approval rating for Congress has been at 14 percent, which is one percentage point lower than last year's average of 15 percent — the lowest yearly average to date. Gallup has been polling the Congress' popularity for 39 years.

The poll showed disapproval across the board from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Independents gave the GOP-led Congress its lowest approval ratings at 8 percent, while Democrats gave the lawmakers a 10 percent approval rating and Republicans gave the body a 9 percent approval rating.

Among the factors contributing to the overall disapproval for Congress was the recent partial government shutdown, particularly among Democrats. In September, Democrats gave lawmakers a 20 percent approval rating, however, during the 11-day shutdown, support fell to 5 percent before rising back to 10 percent last week.

"The government shutdown in October clearly didn't help Congress' image, and it appears that the impact of that incident may linger, given the record-low approval this month," the poll analysis said.

President Barack Obama's poll numbers also continue to hit all-time lows as he nears the end of his fifth year in office. According to the latest Pew Research Center poll, just two in five Americans approve of Obama's overall job performance.

Conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, the latest Pew poll found that 53 percent of Americans polled disapprove of the president's overall performance, while just 41 percent approve of Obama’s overall job performance.

According to the Pew Research Center, the poll reflects the public's reaction to the abysmal Obamacare rollout and the continuing sluggish economy.

Pew's poll comes just weeks after both Gallup and the AP recorded even lower numbers for the president in their own polls.

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In the Associated Press-GfK survey of 1,227 probable voters conducted Oct. 3-7, just 37 percent approved of the president.

More recently, a Gallup poll published last week found that just 39 percent approved of the president's overall job performance while 53 percent disapproved. The poll represented Gallup's lowest approval rating ever for Obama.

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