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PoliCon
12-15-2010, 01:49 PM
Thirteen percent approve of the way Congress is handling its job
by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. The 83% disapproval rating is also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance.

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The prior low approval rating for Congress was 14% in July 2008 when the United States was dealing with record-high gas prices and the economy was in recession.

The current results are based on a Dec. 10-12 Gallup poll, conducted as Congress is finishing work on an important lame-duck session. The session has been highlighted by the agreement on taxes forged last week by President Obama and Republicans in Congress. The tax deal preserves the 2001 and 2003 income tax rates for all Americans for two years, revises the estate tax, extends unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed for a year, and reduces payroll taxes for American workers. It is expected to pass despite vocal opposition from some lawmakers.

Americans are generally more positive than negative toward the deal, but many Democrats in Congress oppose it.

Frustration with the tax deal among Democrats in the general population could be a major reason for Americans' historically low approval rating of Congress. That frustration could be opposition to the bill's particulars or frustration with the Democrats in Congress opposing the president's deal. Democrats' approval of Congress is down significantly, to 16% now, from 29% in November. The November poll was conducted after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives for 2011-2012 in the midterm elections, so the drop in this month's numbers is not a reaction to the Democrats' midterm losses.

Meanwhile, independents' and Republicans' ratings of Congress are down slightly from November.

CONTINUED with loads of graphs and charts :) (http://www.gallup.com/poll/145238/Congress-Job-Approval-Rating-Worst-Gallup-History.aspx)

NJCardFan
12-15-2010, 02:42 PM
And yet they want to push through another 2,000 page, $1 trillion spending bil, that nobody will have time to read,l laden with so much pork they can have the worlds biggest BBQ.

PoliCon
12-15-2010, 02:44 PM
And yet they want to push through another 2,000 page, $1 trillion spending bil, that nobody will have time to read,l laden with so much pork they can have the worlds biggest BBQ.

They know that once the GOP takes control in the house - pork is going to be a lot harder to pass so they're all trying to get their bits into the bill.

SaintLouieWoman
12-15-2010, 10:56 PM
It's time for the American people to contact their Congress folks again, particularly if they still have a Dem representing them, and remind them that if they pass all this pork, their career is over.

We need to tell them to pass a continuing resolution to allow the gov't to function. I sold to the feds for years. Sometimes those CR's took til almost the beginning of the next fiscal year to pass. They don't need to shove all of that spending in now.

PoliCon
12-15-2010, 10:58 PM
The GOP wants this bill passed now so that the outgoing congress gets credit for it.

Odysseus
12-16-2010, 09:54 PM
The GOP wants this bill passed now so that the outgoing congress gets credit for it.

Credit or blame?

marinejcksn
12-16-2010, 11:03 PM
Don't overlook the amount of repukes who deserve every bit of this approval rating. Snowe, Collins, McCain, Bond, Bennett, etc. etc. etc. And that's just in the senate!

bs repukes are the same as pelousy in my book. at least with libs like Reid you know what you're getting

PoliCon
12-17-2010, 12:24 AM
Credit or blame?

Is there much difference?

Odysseus
12-17-2010, 11:00 AM
Is there much difference?

It's the difference between fame and infamy.

PoliCon
12-17-2010, 11:14 AM
It's the difference between fame and infamy.

which is often just the difference in POV.

Odysseus
12-17-2010, 11:25 AM
which is often just the difference in POV.

Unless you accept that there are some truths that transcend subjective POVs.

PoliCon
12-17-2010, 12:09 PM
Unless you accept that there are some truths that transcend subjective POVs.

True - but given that both sides in this political debate believe that - it once again becomes a matter of POV.

Odysseus
12-17-2010, 12:41 PM
True - but given that both sides in this political debate believe that - it once again becomes a matter of POV.

No, only one side believes that. The other side believes that truth is subjective, and therefore everything is a matter of POV.

PoliCon
12-17-2010, 12:45 PM
No, only one side believes that. The other side believes that truth is subjective, and therefore everything is a matter of POV.

They only believe that about moral truths not political ones. Further they tend to take the position that my absolute truths may not be the same as yours - but that does not make them any less absolutely true. Take wee wee for example. No matter what evidence is presented him he clings unswervingly to his class warfare meme because he believe it to be objective truth.

ANYHOW - the point remains - the intent is to get stuff passed under the 111th congress so when the 112 comes in the can make some mighty fine political claims. The left can claim the republicans don't care about the poor and the republicans can claim that the dems only care about spending.