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Congress Approval Rating 15: Poor Ratings Trend Continues

By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 08:21 PM

Americans gave Congress a low job approval rating in 2014, with just 15 percent giving the congressional body a thumbs-up in a Gallup poll, continuing a five-year trend of poor ratings.

Before 2008, Congress’ job approval rating had been below 20 percent only twice, in 1979 and 1992. But since 2010, the numbers have come in below 20 percent. This year does come in 1 percent higher than 2013, when approval sat at 14 percent.

The U.S. governmental body hit its top approval rating in 2001 at 56 percent, “a high figure that reflected the rally in support for government institutions after the 9/11 terror attacks. Americans' approval of Congress has generally been dropping each year, with the exception of the spike in 2009,” Gallup wrote.

The Gallup poll found that it didn’t matter what the political affiliation — both Democrats and Republicans put the approval at 15 percent, while Independents came in at 14 percent.

“These lower approval ratings among those identifying with both major parties are partly attributable to the divided control of Congress in 2014,” Gallup said. “Control has been divided since 2011, and neither party's supporters have averaged above 20% approval of Congress. In the past, including in 2009 and 2010 under unified Democratic control of Congress, and for most of 1995 through 2006 under unified Republican control, the majority party's supporters had a much more favorable opinion of the job Congress was doing.”

The Internet community was quick to comment on the poll.





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