Congress Approval Rating Slides Back To All Time Lows; 83% Disapprove

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Something tells us not even an ARIMA X-12, 13 or even 14 seasonal adjustments will do much to change the opinion of America's population that Congress is now more useless, incompetent and corrupt than ever. From Gallup: "Ten percent of Americans in August approve of the job Congress is doing, tying last February's reading as the lowest in Gallup's 38-year history of this measure. Eighty-three percent disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job." So what happens when the approval rating hits 0%? Does America automatically revert back to Monarchy (for all you Sid Meier fans out there), and what then? Back to Slavery? And in the New Centrally Planned normal is Darwin really right?

Gallup continues: Congress approval was 30% in Gallup's first measure using this question wording in April 1974, and has averaged 34% across the more than 230 times it has been measured since. Congress approval has been below 40% since early 2005, and below 20% every month since June 2011 -- dropping to 10% in February of this year and again now.

Before 2007, Congress approval had been below 20% only twice -- in 1979 and 1992. The highest congressional job approval in Gallup's history was 84% in October 2001, a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Congressional approval is down among all political groups and is now virtually the same across these groups -- with Democrats at 9%, independents at 11%, and Republicans at 10%. Democrats' approval declined the most, from 18% in July.

Bottom Line

Although Americans have generally been more negative than positive in their assessments of Congress over the past four decades, opinions have been especially negative in recent years -- and approval has again in August fallen to the record-low reading of 10%, last measured in February. Americans' views of Congress are so bad that it has now been more than a year since Gallup's monthly assessment was as high as 20%.

It is difficult to pinpoint precise causes for these extraordinarily negative views, although the continuing poor economy is certainly a major factor. The fact that control of Congress is now divided, with a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate, may provide an opportunity for Americans of all political persuasions to dislike some aspect of Congress. With Congress divided, however, it is difficult to assess what impact its low ratings will have on the November elections, now less than three months away.

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's choice for his vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, is himself a sitting member of the House, but it is not clear whether voters' disdain for Congress will in any way rub off on their assessments of Ryan. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were members of the Senate, leaving Romney as the only one of the four presidential candidates who has not served as an elected representative in Washington.

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f16hoser's picture

There you have it. Ten percent of Amerikans are drooler's!

GetZeeGold's picture



Envy of the wirld we are!




We destroyed communism 20 years ago.......and then brought back to life through the back door.


We're pretty freakin amazing! It only cost Congree 83% of their respect. Hell we can always buy that back later.


i-dog's picture

Communism destroyed itself from within. America is now trying to emulate that "success".

midtowng's picture

Communists aren't supported and owned by multi-national corporations.

This is fascism, not communism.

GetZeeGold's picture



In Russia the communists own that GM?


no taste's picture

Blue can of shit or red can of shit?  You do get to decide.

How Stupid Are Americans?

boogerbently's picture

83% disapproval rate, yet MOST incumbents will be voted back in.

Either the "red can or blue can, of shit will win."

What does this say about us OR polls?

If we're smart enough to "disapprove", why NOT write in Ron Paul?

(The only other candidate with enough name recognition.)

Whether he is "better" or not, we would have taken a major step in nullifying the 2 party deathgrip.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Speaking the truth will get you junked.  Funny how the kleptocrats hate big government, until they get a fucking bailout.

They own your "representation", now just what the fuck are you going to actually do about it?

HardAssets's picture

Its all nothing but 'Criminalism'

They hire intellectuals to spin theories as justifications for the robbery - - - thus the various 'isms'.

nofluer's picture

I believe the word you need is "kleptocracy" - like they have in China.

diogeneslaertius's picture

that is a prevailing myth


and it would still be convincing if it werent for the fact that the OWNERS dont care about petty concepts like the nation state, it would be convincing had not the very same people who engineered every world war in memory and the current global economic crisis, Created communism

scatterbrains's picture

speaking of creating...  between this new low in approval and the vix lows, I'm almost expecting another 9/11 type event.


LawsofPhysics's picture

FYI-  homeland security just purchased 14 tons of ammonium nitrate to "train sniffer dogs" with.  They must have a lot of dogs to train.

Chief KnocAHoma's picture

Yes I see your logic. As a poker player it is smart to know when to fold early. 1 - If your hand has no chance of winning, don't waste your chips. 2 - If your hand has a reasonable chance of winning play until you have certainty either way - thus draining chips from the dumbasses that don't follow rule 1.

Maybe the Russians just folded early, waited on the next hand, and let the USA lose her chips. Now those commie bastards, the Chineese, Americans, Muslems, and Euro trash are all sitting around the table, and no one has more than a pair. All the chips are in... and it is time to show your cards fellas.

francis_sawyer's picture

The joke is gonna be on the winner when, whoever wins, goes to the window & tries to redeem those chips into something and finds that the cashier has left town...

AU5K's picture

I approve the gridlock.


Would we rather enact the communist goals of this administration?



ptoemmes's picture

I wonder if that 10% (that approve) is enought to get the majority of these useless pieces of shit re-elected.  Because (mostly) re-eelected they are.  Especially the "leadership" of BOTH parties.  It also seesm to me that some hopeful newbies that are re-elected fall prey to the system and end up being assimilated Borg-like.  

The system is not designed to change by integrating fresh and new thiking/action into the real power base.  In fact it is designed to preserve the status quo.





sessinpo's picture

I have mixed feelings regarding this poll.  First off, I disapprove of congress. But after seeing countless examples of citizens unable to even name their congressional representatives or senators, I have very little confidence in this poll.

MFLTucson's picture


How can any Congress do its job with a liberal media that distorts the truth and a man like Harry Reid who has killed every bill they have sent to the Senate?  That however is snt the biggest problem, the biggest problem of all is a total lack of leadership from the man in the White House.


GetZeeGold's picture



Oh you're gonna pay for that remark little man. Harry's gonna have his dragon-slayer budget on the table by 11 o'clock this morning.


midtowng's picture

What liberal media? There certainly is a corporate media.

But unless you are talking about the weekly tabloid down the street, there is no liberal media.

GetZeeGold's picture



On man.....take that back or Soledad is gonna be pissed.



i-dog's picture

Which particular "leadership" are you pining for: Dubya?, Slick Willy? Pappy? Raygun? Carter? LBJ?

Chief KnocAHoma's picture


GetZeeGold's picture



Here Chief.....have another carton of snap cards.


toady's picture

I would lean towards Pappy. Imagine if he got the nomination instead of Ronny... No voodoo economics, no deficits don't matter...

Sure, he should have taken out Saddam. And he really shot himself in the foot with the "read my lips" stuff

But I just can't forgive him for his demon spawn now!

WAMO556's picture

What exactly are these knuckleheads leaders of? They arent my leader. I lead my own household. These idiots couldn't even lead a bunch of girl scouts to the Potomac let alone inspiring anyone to follow their corrupt ways. Get your head on straight, those politicians only get power if YOU give it to them, and calling them "leaders" is empowering that type of attitude. Just saying.

HardAssets's picture

Oh yeah . . . . sounds just like the retired guy I spoke to last weekend.  "The problem is . . . we need to get the right man in office."

Too many run around with "Kick Me" stickers plastered on their ass.

sessinpo's picture

Congress can do its job regardless of any type of media, and it should. It is a congress that is afraid of the media that is no longer a congress worth having. And there will always be people like Reid in congress with nearly 50% of the nation on the dole and don't want to lose their subsidies. You also have the fact that most can't even name their representatives or senators. They are just voting for the SS or welfare check in the mail.

jumbo maverick's picture

"How can any Congress do its job..." this is the whole problem. Congress is and has been and will continue to do things that it has no business doing.

They are criminals and traitors. Yes NSA, FBI, CIA whatever other agency you wanna add. One day all of you people in the agencies are going to have to make a decision. Do I start to clean up the mess and begin their prosecutions or do I continue with the status quo?

To the Feds that monitor this site and think I and people like me are the problem ask yourself this, Where is John corizine?

diogeneslaertius's picture

Virtual Democratic Instruments are required to advance our Republic


we no longer need representatives and I am sure at least some of you can agree that the concept of Representation as such is antiquated (at best), how can another ever truly represent us? are we so simple a creature as to be representable and by such creatures as today roam the halls of congress?


rather, a system where the masses may propose and vote upon legislation is required, i would even go so far as to say that failing this, a hard encryption backed sep system for voting and maybe mandatory voting (to shake out the illegals on the one hand and on the other to establish once and for all how big our problem with a dumbed down electorate truly is) which could be done via phone or any networked intelligent device 


at least that would allow zero dollar campaigns


your website can be wordpress for fucks sake - we could seat liberty lovers and zero hedglians in office, we could seat decent, honest people, and all they would need is a web-enabled campaign that connects with people...


the american electorate has been dumbed down on purpose, this is the ultimate political weapon: an electorate so stupid they will continue to vote for tyranny in a false political paradigm

diogeneslaertius's picture

you saw it yourselves Panetta basically said to congress "the UN tells us when to go to war, and if you are lucky and we have time we MIGHT come tell you about it."


until we have acongrss full of hardcore motherfuckers this will not change and we cannot seat such people given the current logistical playing field

GetZeeGold's picture



Panetta : I'll go talk to those guys.....just make sure you disarm them first.


youngman's picture

TERM LIMITS.......that is the answer...


I wish they had a "none of the above" on the ballots...that would win

francis_sawyer's picture

<--- All of the APPROVALS come from Ron Paul's district

<-- All of the APPROVALS come from Maxine Waters District because you got a free bucket at Popeyes for a '+' vote

diogeneslaertius's picture

we need thousands to Emulate Ron Paul or the reLOVEution has been for naught

GetZeeGold's picture



free bucket at Popeyes


I prefer Chick-Fil-A.....but Popeyes will do in a pinch.


scatterbrains's picture

for realz! Will this be credited to my EBT? mofo's bednot not be boolshittin me.

GetZeeGold's picture



Don't keep us in suspense.....what brand of chicken are they going to serve us in the joint?


francis_sawyer's picture

Soylent Green... It 'tastes' like chicken...

toady's picture

Bullish for chain manufacturing

HardAssets's picture

Joe Biden spoke the truth !

He just 'forgot' to say all of it:

"Romney's gonna put y'all back in CHAINS . . . . and so are we, of course. Dumb voters."

Catullus's picture

I think the 10% who approve read the question incorrectly.  I think they thought it meant "approve of [having a] Congress".  Not "approve of Congress". 

That or most of the 10% works for the government.

i-dog's picture

60% "work" for the government. Half of them get thousands a week to attend an "office" ... the other half get hundreds a week to just sit in their layzboy at home (with much the same "value added" from either half).

apberusdisvet's picture

Waiting for the military psyops trolls to tell us that Congress is a critical linchpin for true democracy and a necessary counterpoint to Executive dictatorship.


midtowng's picture

Congress IS the critical linchpin for true democracy and a necessary counterpoint to executive dictatorship...WHEN IT FUNCTIONS CORRECTLY.

It completely fails in its job when it is owned by multi-national corporations and the wealthy elite to subvert the people's will. Which is what we have today.

madcows's picture

Don't forget to include Unions and other Special Interest Groups in that critique.

Me thinks you've been subverted by the Leftist propaganda, and forgot that they aren't very good people either.

Chrome Child's picture

Unions? 7% of the labor force is Unionized; you really think they have more sway than Walmart, Koch Industries or Raytheon?