Americans' dismal approval rating of Congress continues to plummet, down to 14 percent in early August from 17 percent in July, according to results from a new Gallup survey
The poll was conducted Aug. 5-9, surveying 1,011 adults nationwide via landlines and cellphones, and had an overall margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are not faring much better than Congress in the eyes of the American public.
Fifty-four percent of those surveyed held an unfavorable opinion of Boehner, compared with 23 percent who viewed him favorably, marking his lowest favorable rating as House speaker during his three terms at the post.
McConnell, the senior senator from Kentucky, had a poor showing on name recognition, with 37 percent of Americans never having heard of him or having no opinion, according to Gallup.
He was viewed unfavorably by 41 percent of survey participants and favorably by 22 percent.
"The approval ratings for Boehner and McConnell are close to their immediate Democratic predecessors in House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)," Politico reports
"In October 2010, 29 percent of Americans saw Pelosi in a favorable light, compared to 56 percent who did not. A month before last year’s midterm elections, just 21 percent had a positive opinion of Reid, compared to 45 percent who did not and 34 percent with no opinion of him."
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