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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Honeymoon Over for Democratically Controlled Congress

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The Democratically controlled congress is the lowest point is has ever been in the history of Gallup since they started rating congressional approval in 1974.

18% while Bush maintains at 32%, neither number good, but congress keeps falling.

PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup Poll finds Congress' approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007, Gallup Poll.

Even more interesting is that the drop in the congressional approval ratings have come from Democrats and independents.

Frustration with Congress spans the political spectrum. There are only minor (but not statistically meaningful) differences in the approval ratings Democrats (21%), Republicans (18%), and independents (17%) give to Congress. Typically, partisans view Congress much more positively when their party is in control of the institution, so the fact that Democrats' ratings are not materially better than Republicans' is notable.

The nine-point drop in Congress' job approval rating from last month to this month has come exclusively from Democrats and independents, with Democrats' ratings dropping 11 points (from 32% to 21%) and independents' ratings dropping 13 points (from 30% to 17%). Republicans' 18% approval rating is unchanged from last month.

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The Honeymoon is over.

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