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The popularity of the U.S. Congress hit rock bottom in late 2013 according to Gallup poll historical data. The lawmakers only scored a 9 percent job approval rating that November. Things are not quite that bad at the moment, though they are nothing to brag about. A new Gallup poll finds Congress with 19 percent favorability.
“Given the current job approval rating of Congress, it is not surprising that the public does not view top congressional leaders positively,” the pollster notes in a new analysis. “Americans view each of the top four U.S. congressional leaders more negatively than positively as the midterm election draws near and the public’s opinion of Congress as a whole remains mired in long-term low approval ratings.”