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New Poll Finds Approval of Congress at 24-Year Low

September 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

As Congress gets ready to return from the August recess to their work in D.C., they’ll be doing so with the lowest level of public support that they’ve had in decades:

Americans are extremely displeased with Congress, and there are already some signs that this could take a toll on the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. Currently, 37% express a favorable opinion of Congress, while 52% hold an unfavorable view. Positive opinions of Congress have declined by 13 points since April and are now at one of their lowest points in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys.

Go read more about the poll results from Pew. Lots of nuanced information in there. For example, the Democrats are no longer more trusted to manage the government than the Republicans are, but on a lot of the big issues – healthcare, the economy, the federal budget – their approval ratings are still higher (but shrinking). Independents have solidly shifted their support from Democrats to the Republicans. The public opinion on healthcare reform is unchanged from July – 46% oppose it, 39% support it – but a full 55% of Americans say they are confident in Obama’s handling of the issue.

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  • Anonymous 09/03/2009 11:59am

    I am a retired GM employee and belong to the IUE Union. I have been retired now for 19 years. This month when I got my Pension check I notice that my income tax being withheld has go up by $22.40 per month. Middle class are still getting hurt. Also I’m going to lose my health care provide by GM as of the 1st of jan 2010. As a tax payer who pas congress I want the same thing to happen to them. All the voters at the next election need to vote out all these incumbents and put in new people. They even had the nerve to give theirselves a $5,000.00 dollar raise this year. They also don’t lose their pensions when they are kicked out of congress and got to prison. All Americans should have the same priveleges. Too many lawyers in congress and most are not there for the right reasons.

  • Anonymous 09/04/2009 4:05am
    It takes an obscene amount of money for them to become a member of a group which has no conception anymore of the way the majority of us live. The money contributed by special interests to get them there, through the lobbyists, offers still more money when new legislation is enacted. If anyone thinks they can serve more than one term by using common sense and voting for what is in the best interest of our country, think again. Special interest will not support a second term for a candidate with basic ethics and common sense. We have 3 major parties running this country, Democrats, Repbublicans and in the background, the most influential, the Lobbyists. Political affiliation has nothing to do with our perception of a particular piece of legislation. There are thinkers and there are lemmings, both in Congress and in the American public, and for both the enactment and acceptance of any bill.

    Election reform and term limits are imperative.

  • Betonavette 09/08/2009 7:40am

    Well, for sure, next election the Democrats are going to take big hit on their numbers in the Senate and the House. It is clear and very obvious that Democrats support a socialist society in the United States with the Presidents support and this will be their downfall. Hugo Chavez might even apply for a visas to move to the United States if the Democrats have their way!

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