Gallup: 83 Percent Disapprove of Congress, Near Record Low

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 07:09 PM

By Todd Beamon

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More than 80 percent of Americans do not like the job Congress is doing — and over 50 percent say they strongly disapprove of how members are performing, a Gallup poll finds.

In the survey results, released Tuesday, 83 percent of the 1,032 Americans surveyed Aug. 7-10 said they disapproved of how Congress is operating. That was just 3 percentage points off the record low of 86 percent in November.

Only 13 percent of Americans approved of how Capitol Hill is functioning, just 4 percentage points shy of the record-low 9 percent that month. That rating was the lowest expressing support for Congress that Americans had given in the 39 years Gallup has asked the question.

In addition, 55 percent of those queried this month told Gallup they strongly disapproved of Congress' job performance. Only 2 percent strongly approved.

"Although Congress has not had stellar approval ratings historically — the average since 1974 is 33 percent — it has never been as low in a midterm election year as it is now," Gallup said in its analysis of the data.

Before November, the record-low approval rating during a midterm election year was 16 percent in March 2010. The bottom score in the days leading up to an election was 21 percent — also in 2010.


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