Chart of the Day: US Congress Approval Rating

The latest Gallup poll shows the approval rating for Congress at a record low 10%. 86% disapprove.

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The latest Gallup poll shows the approval rating for Congress at a record low 10%. 86% disapprove.

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The new-low 10% approval rating is based on a Gallup survey conducted Feb. 2-5, about two weeks after President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address and the reconvening of the U.S. House and Senate.

Congressional approval averaged 17% for all of 2011. The highest reading last year was 24% in May. More broadly, Gallup’s highest approval rating for Congress is 84% in October 2001, a month after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Gallup writes that it has been difficult to pinpoint exactly why the ratings have fallen as no single activity in the last year stands out in this regard. Moreover, according to a separate Gallup poll, the President has seen his approval rating for the economy increase somewhat. So Congress’ poor approval rating cannot be economy-related. Also, notice the marked 2009 lift and decline in approval for Congress among Democrats.

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If the divergence between Obama’s numbers and Congress’ continues, I see it as favoring Barack Obama in the election in November.

Source: Congress’ Job Approval at New Low of 10% – Gallup

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