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Gallup to Congress: Nobody Likes You

photo of Ben Terris
December 15, 2010

The bottom-line message to Congress from a Gallup poll: Nobody likes you, everybody hates you.

A whopping 83 percent of respondents to the poll disapprove of Congress, with a mere 13 percent of people approving. This is the least liked Congress in more than 30 years of their polling.

If there is any good news from this poll, it’s that there is at least bipartisan support for how much the public dislikes Congress. Fewer Republicans approve of Congress (7 percent) than Democrats (16 percent), but the gap is quickly closing. Democrats’ approval dropped off steeply from the last poll in November when 29 percent of them felt Congress was doing a good job.

 

The last low came in July of 2008 when the country was dealing with record highs in gas prices and only 14 percent of the country approved of the job Congress was doing. These new lows come from a poll conducted between December 10-12 as Republicans and Democrats were mired (and continue to be mired) in a debate about what to do with the expiring Bush-era tax cuts.

 

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