Back in October, we reported that the job approval rating for Congress was at an all time low. Guess what? Things aren’t looking any better for the boys on Capitol Hall.
Only 11 percent of Americans favor the current work by lawmakers in Washington reports CNN, as the news organization mulls over data of its latest poll in conjunction with ORC International, the results of which were released on Monday.
With barely one-in-ten Americans okay with Congress’ current job, the latest poll marks the lowest approval rating for the House and Senate in the history of the CNN/ORC survey. The previous all time low, according to their own questionnaire, was 14 percent; Congress dipped that low only last August.
Only five months later, however, Americans are still angry at the bipartisan bickering and lack of work coming out of Washington, instead being stuck with continues lackluster employment numbers and a crumbling economy. The recent approval of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act no doubt had something to do with the disappointing figure as well.
“Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on much, but they both agree that Congress is doing a lousy job,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says of the report.
Holland adds that “Approval of Congress is just 10 percent among Republicans, and only 16 percent among Democrats,” while only nine percent of independents surveyed say they have a positive view on Congress.
The poll comes from questioning a pool of 1,021 Americans during the second week of January 2012. Only three months earlier in October, however, a separate query conducted by CBS News in conjunction with the New York Times found that, after questioning 1,650 American adults, they then put Congress’ approval rating at 9 percent — the lowest those agencies ever saw in a poll of their own.
US Capitol Building in winter, Washington DC, USA