At 13%, Congress' Approval Ties All-Time Low

Vous croyez que les politiciens sont corrompus, soyez assurez, vous n'êtres pas par les seuls. Les Américains sont totalement désillusionnés sur la qualité de leur gouvernance politique.

At 13%, Congress' Approval Ties All-Time Low

Republicans and Democrats give identical ratings to the divided Congress

PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of Americans who approve of the job Congress is doing returned to 13% in October, matching the all-time Gallup low on this measure, first recorded in December 2010 and repeated in August

Congress' Approval

Clearly people are unhappy, and it's primarily about jobs. Secondarily it's about Congressional bickering and not getting anything done about the deficit (or anything else).

Congressional Scorecard

  • There have been no structural reforms and no desperately needed repeal of Davis-Bacon.
  • No legislators brought right-to-work laws as a bargaining chip in the budget negotiations.
  • Lobbyists effectively write our legislation.
  • There are no pending measures for campaign finance reforms
  • The bank reforms that did pass have been both toothless and useless.
  • The healthcare bill that passed is a disaster
  • Attempts to reform Medicare failed
  • Military spending is extraordinarily wasteful but Congress likes to funnel wasteful spending to their districts to create jobs
  • No one believes either party will rein in deficit spending (and they won't)
  • Congressional compromise amounts to spending more on the military in return for spending more on social programs. Economically we can afford neither.

Factor into the picture a jobless non-recovery with real wages falling, and the Congressional approval rating is both easy to understand and well deserved.


Source: MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis


Thus far in 2011, Congress is on track to register its lowest annual average approval rating for any year since Gallup began measuring congressional approval in 1974. The existing lows are 18% recorded in 1992 (based on one measure that year) and 19% recorded in each of three years: 1979 (based on one measure), 2008 (based on monthly ratings), and 2010 (based on monthly ratings).

Congress has received plenty of criticism these days from the political left and right for its performance, and this may be exacerbated by the divided political control in Washington. Given the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, partisans from both major parties may feel at liberty to blame Congress for the nation's problems.