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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Democrats Depressed About Congress - Lowest Approval Rating Ever

A new Gallup Poll has Congressional Approval rating dropping to 14%, the lowest it's ever been. Just last month Congress recorded the lowest confidence rating ever taken by Gallup. According to Gallup, Republicans are more positive about Congress than Democrats.

The most recent decline comes almost exclusively from Democrats, whose approval of Congress fell from 23% in June to 11% in July, while independents' and Republicans' views of Congress did not change much. As a result, Republicans are now slightly more likely than Democrats to approve of the job the Democratic-controlled Congress is doing (19% vs. 11%). The 11% of Democrats now approving of Congress is slightly lower than Gallup found in 2006, toward the end of the Republican-led 109th Congress. Democratic approval of Congress initially surged after the Democratic takeover of the U.S. House and Senate, from 16% in December 2006 to 44% in February 2007, but by August 2007 it had fallen to 21%. Democrats' approval of Congress rebounded to 37% later that year, but has since been in a nearly continuous decline.
It's sad when more Americans approve of the job President Bush is doing more than they approve of the job Congress is doing. It's time for Congress to stop acting like they can't do anything and start showing some real leadership.

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