INTO THE DOL­DRUMS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.”

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