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New NBC Poll: Congress Gets Lower Rating Than Bush

Wednesday, 13 June 2007 12:00 AM

Democrats promised to be the most reform-minded Congress in history. They promised to bring a new standard of ethics to Washington.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal finds Americans aren't feeling the hype — and they are giving the new Democratic-controlled Congress its lowest approval rating yet.

Worse, the congressional approval rating is even less than President Bush's sagging number.

According to the poll, just 23 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing.

Bush beats the congressional number by 6 points, pulling in a 29 percent approval rating.

The Democratically-controlled House and Senate have made blocking President Bush's war on terror, especially his Iraq program, their No. 1 priority.

Apparently, Americans like the Democrats' approach even less the president's.

Clearly, the country is in an angry, unsettled mood. Only 19 percent of Americans believe the country is "headed in the right direction," while 68 percent say the country is on the "wrong" track.

Despite the low congressional approval rating, the discontentment may be good news for Democratic presidential candidates.

The NBC poll found that in a hypothetical match-up between Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, Hillary would win over Giuliani 48 percent to 43 percent respectively, if the election were held today.

Similarly, a race between Barack Obama and Fred Thompson would give Obama the win, 50 percent to 31 percent. Thompson has yet to announce his candidacy.

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