Congress Job Rating : 82 % disapprove

Extrait de: Poll: Disapproval of Congress hits all-time high, By Brian Montopoli, CBS News, August 4, 2011

Debt Ceiling Debate

CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.

Americans have looked disapprovingly at their representatives in Congress for decades. But it's never been this bad.

The survey, taken on August 2nd and 3rd - immediately after the deal was reached - found Americans more frustrated with congressional Republicans than their Democratic counterparts when it came to the negotiations.


In the wake of the hard-fought debt limit debate, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job - the highest disapproval rating since polling began in 1977. Just 14 percent approve of Congress' performance.

Congress’ Job Rating

Majorities of Americans across the political spectrum are unhappy with Washington overall, and with Congress.

Discontent with Washington and Congress

That may mean trouble for incumbents in next year’s Congressional elections.

Right now, 75% of Americans, and 74% of registered voters,
 do not think most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.

Congress Deserve to be Re-Elected.

Le peuple sait très bien depuis des années, que le Congrès ne travaille plus pour le bien commun, mais surtout pour satisfaire les financiers de Wall Street, les gros industriels et tous les lobbies qui s’y rattachent.

Handling of the debt ceiling debate

That's not to say congressional Democrats have much to crow about. Sixty-six percent of Americans disapprove of their handling of the debt ceiling debate; just 28 percent approve.

But Republicans fare worse: Seventy-two percent of Americans disapprove of their performance during the debt ceiling debate, while just 21 percent approve.

Handling the Debt Ceiling Debate

Politics than policy

Americans overwhelmingly say the debate was more about politics than policy. Just 14 percent said the debt ceiling disagreement was mostly about doing what was best for the country; 82 percent said it was about gaining political advantage. Large majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree the debate was grounded in political considerations.

Disagreements About Debt Ceiling

Cutting spending

Republicans – along with many Americans - don’t think the deal went far enough in cutting spending.

Spending cuts

Creating jobs

And jobs remain a higher economic priority than cutting government spending. 62% say that creating jobs should be the higher priority for the nation now; 29% choose government spending. Nearly half of Republicans choose cutting government spending as the higher priority; just 19% of Democrats and 26% of independents say the same.

Which Should be Higher Priority