Fed Up With Congress?
Congressional Job Approval
With approval ratings in the low teens, a Gallup Poll finds that very few people are pleased with the job of the U.S. Congress.
When Congress reconvened last month they had a 14% approval rating. Gallup tracks the national approval rating of Congress on a monthly basis. Things hit rock bottom last August, when the Congressional approval rating was 10%. In September it edged up to 13%, October was 21%, November and December both registered 18%, and in January back down to 14%.
From a historical perspective, in January of 2011 it was 20%, January of 2010 was 24%, and January of 2009 was 19%.
The last time the Congressional approval rating reached 50% was June of 2003. In October of 2001, the approval rating peaked at 84% (following the September 11th attacks).
Prior to that, the approval rating primarily ranged between from 20-50%. The only times it dropped into the teens were March of 1992, registering an 18%, and June of 1974 at 19%.
The Gallup tracking system also finds that President Barack Obama's national approval rating is 52%. It peaked at 69% in January of 2009 and fell to 38% in October of 2011. Comparing to past Presidents, George W. Bush peaked with 90% approval rating in September of 2001, but fell to as low as 25% late in his Presidency. Bill Clinton's high was 73% and low was 37%. Dating back to the 1940's, the President that has had the lowest approval rating while in office was Harry Truman at 22%. Richard Nixon fell to 24% shortly before leaving the Presidency. Also, Ronald Reagan had a high 68% and a low of 38%.
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky recently gave his take about the low Congressional approval ratings. Click here to view the video.
Written by BJ Hansen