The 9%: Congress’s Approval Rating Hits the Single Digits

Suddenly 10% isn't looking so shabby

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Protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 9, 2013.

On Tuesday, Gallup announced that Congress had reached a new low, winning the approval of just 9% of the American public. This breaks Congress’s record nadir from last year, when the amount of Americans who thought lawmakers were doing a good job dipped to 10%.

Gallup has been asking Americans how they feel about how Congress is handling its work for 39 years, and the average approval rating since 1974 is 33%. Affirmation hit its high in 2001, following the Sept. 11 attacks, at 56%. As to why approval ratings now equal the number of letters in Harry Reid’s name, pollsters said that “Americans’ views of Congress have not recovered” from the government shutdown. Even with all the media focus on Obamacare snafus, they note, lawmakers couldn’t sneak out of the doghouse.

Journalists quickly got quipping about the results on Twitter, suggesting that blood relatives and staff are now “peeling away” and that liking Congress is the trendy new contrarian position.

It should also be noted that a movement of 1 percentage point, while suggestive, does not in itself indicate a conclusive shift. The poll talked to 1,039 adults across the country and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

MORE: TIME POLL: Americans Believe Country Heading In Wrong Direction

55 comments
WeThePeople1776
WeThePeople1776

If Congress has an approval rating of 9%, why will we likely see incumbents  win 90% of the elections in 2014?  People need to actually educate themselves in civics, understand the issues and cast educated votes.  We The People, the true source of American Government Power, are rating ourselves at 9% effective when it comes to electing our Congress.

alexmadey
alexmadey

Democracy has failed! We should make glorious comrade Obama our supreme leader!

Daisymae
Daisymae

I wish we could fire everyone in congress,everyone else would get fired if they performed their jobs in the same way congress has.Congress is too concerned with their perks than the people who put them there,if this country is going to hell then congress is driving the train!

valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

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SargentPepper
SargentPepper

i still believe that is way too high.  they are trying to get down to 0.0 like blutarski's grades in animal house.

askeptic
askeptic

Business As Usual is working out quite well for the members of the joint Big Government Parties.

Perhaps the country-at-large really does want you to change the way you do things, and be more observant of the powers that are proscribed, and prescribed, to you under the Constitution ... and Yes, Nancy....I Am Serious!

Perhaps they really are upset that the average Congressman goes to DC with a relatively modest net-worth, and after 5-10 terms, becomes a multi-millionaire.

1OrdinaryCitizen
1OrdinaryCitizen

The Federal Government shuts down 10 days every year for Holidays without a problem. All of the employees that were furloughed during the shutdown got back pay. Over 60% were deemed essential and remained on the job. 80% after the Pentagon recalled their 400,000 civilians. Why was the shutdown such a terrible thing? Because the President wanted to make its effects seem as bad as possible. So he did things like barricading the WWII Monument which doesn't have or require any workers.

onemind
onemind

This really shocking. Who in the world have thought  that 9% approve Congress?

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

The 9% that approve no doubt get their paycheck directly or indirectly for Congress.

KelleyDavis
KelleyDavis

So let me know when it hits "villagers with pitchforks and torches" level.  I'll be ready. 

jackalcdn
jackalcdn

9% that's way too high.

Dont they ALL belong in the 1% group???

The shut down did NOT affect the 1%, their real voters " $$$" why should they care or listen the 99%

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Gee, who saw this coming?

Oddly, I'm sure there are those in Congress who will simply blow this off instead of taking a long and deep look in the mirror.  Congress simply does not get it.  We sent them a message to cooperate with each other to solve this nations problems in the last election and look at what they are doing, nothing positive! 

It is my fervent hope that We the People will remember this next year.  I'm one of the ones who want to vote 'em all out.

Reboot in 2014!

daridekas
daridekas

The shutdown had much more influence than anybody thought in the beginning.it will remains in peoples minds for long time and in the upcoming elections will bring the bill of payment to the ones who were responsible for that mess.

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PeterVinton
PeterVinton

So that's a 9% approval rating, but with a 90% incumbency re-election rate.  Just how flawed is this equation?

"Nobody is in more immediate need of removal from office than those Congressmen and Senators from the OTHER 49 states."  --American voter

notsacredh
notsacredh

Since the prevailing attitude seems to be "throw the bums out", this would appear to favor the democrats since the republicans hold a substantial majority. The shutdown was a huge mistake on the part of Ted Cruz and the Tea Party.

ppccollectibles
ppccollectibles

People think that the average citizen will forget what we have been through in the last few years since that is what has happened in all of previous history. But what they arent considering is that we the American people have been under a deluge of corruption and the people have reach that critical point to where they know now that the greatest danger to the United States is not from a bunch of not jobs with bombs strapped to their chests but from those who can do real permanent damage, our elected officials.

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jmac
jmac

There's something wrong and it's not with Congress.   IT'S WITH REPUBLICANS.    The House under Bush did not obstruct every thing the man did.  Pelosi did not have a Hastert Rule.   Bush got  to put judges on the courts.   They demanded an Up or Down vote.      Obama's not allowed to fill court seats because he would be "packing the courts."  There are no Up or Down votes.    Republicans filibuster every thing that comes down the pike.      When Republicans block a vote that THEY originated and then block  it simply because the president is for it, there's something tragically wrong.  

And it's not with Congress.   It's with the party that went off the cliff a long time ago.   O'Reilly was complaining tonight that he got thousands of nasty letters because he stated that the Shut Down was wrong.   That's right, O'Reilly, you create a monster and it eats your heart out.   

11B_INF_Retired
11B_INF_Retired

Congress gets what's coming too them!  Never listen to the majority of voters, plays the stupid political correctness, and spends our taxes like it was eating candy!  I hope everyone of these career corrupt politicians are voted out of office.

MrObvious
MrObvious

 Oops! The president is in trouble. 

Rusty, you never were very bright. Must be hard being such a 'winger.

The 9%: Congress’


I underlined and bolded the essential part. Thank you tea party. You gave us voters like rusty and a uncanny ability to see anything but the blah man in the executive branch. 

tcement
tcement

Has anyone interviewed these nine-percenters? Who are they? WHERE are they? WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

This is the what--

Public displeasure with Congress is equally rampant across political groups, with Republicans (9%), independents (8%), and Democrats (10%) giving the institution similarly low approval ratings.

But I'm more curious about the why

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@onemind That was my thought.  Who the hell are these 9% and why do we have rights that let them breed?

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@daridekas 

Unfortunately those responsible for this mess are the far right Tea Party reps whose constituency thinks they are doing just fine.  No doubt they will get re-elected.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@PeterVinton, polls are showing a rarity. A large majority of voters are saying that their OWN representatives should be voted out of office. Usually, they say they'd re-elect their own representatives but that other representatives should be voted out. The shutdown made most people furious. be  

algarnier1
algarnier1

Ted Cruz is as much an embarrassment for Canadian Calgarians as he is for Americans. Calgary is the land of redneck, big "C" Conservatism in Canada. They should throw that bum out of both countries.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ppccollectibles

I agree.  And so does Lincoln;

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

The ever widening schism between the political parties and the recent dedication to ideology instead of working across the aisle for the Greater Good has resulted in this disgusting poll number.  Oddly, there are those in Congress who will blow this off and remain dedicated to "their cause" whatever that may be.

j45ashton
j45ashton

@jmac I saw O'Reilly talking about this tonight...shell-shocked at the hatred he received.  A part of what goes around, comes around.  But the cause is that about 1/3 of the time, O'Reilly and a few others on Fox take reasonable positions.  And others like Hannity, Malkin, Ingraham, Crowley & Dobbs are over the moon fascists.  So now the division in the GOP hits Fox News.  This is a tough call for Murdoch & Ailes.  They had been taking the rough edge off of things lately, but Ted Cruz screwed them up.  Now you're either with Ted Cruz or against him.  This is bad copy for Fox.  At least half of the main regulars will not genuinely support Cruz.  And almost all of the contributors & Hannity do.  How this comes out will be Murdoch's call, and most people will fall in line.  Why?  Because Murdoch greases the palm like nobody else does.  Just ask sellout Joel Klein.

Sherm
Sherm

@tcement Maybe they're just messing with the pollsters?

barneydidit
barneydidit

@reallife Uhm...so we deflect attention toward Republicans that are doing even worse? Yeah, makes sense. 

onemind
onemind

@AlphaJuliette @daridekas  O please, don't start that blame game on them alone. I think the tea party is nuts, but we have an inept President and both parties are so committed to their own special interest that the good of the Nation is not even on their radar. The far right and far left are equally bad and self absorbed and irresponsible. They fight for power, we fight to survive the problems they have permitted to grow.

AngeloManos
AngeloManos

@AlphaJuliette @daridekas yeah, Kinda like how the "far right" wanted to delay the ACA's individual mandate a year but the democrats wouldn't reopen the government on that stipulation. Now you see a drove of Democrats supporting that exact measure due to the utter failure that is the (un)Affordable Care Act's roll out.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@AngeloMano @daridekas 

Actually the far right want to repeal the whole law altogether, not just delay the individual mandate which they wanted in the law in the first place.

Personally I don't like the ACA, I think it's a bad law based on good intentions, I think it's going to cost this nation much more money on an individual level than those individuals can afford and that the overall coverage is less if you subscribe through the official gov't website.