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Congress Basks in Approval Increase — By One Point to 15 Percent

By    |   Monday, 15 December 2014 04:08 PM EST

Any way you look at it, Americans, either Republicans or Democrats, are not big fans of Congress.

A new Gallup poll finds that Congress achieved a disappointing 15 percent approval rate in 2014, very close to the low 14 percent approval rate it "enjoyed" in 2013, The Washington Times reports.

It's really nothing new. According to Gallup, Congress hasn't been able to make 20 percent of Americans happy with its performance in the last five years. Thirty percent approved of Congress in 2009, which was the first year of the Obama administration, but it has been all downhill since then.

"Prior to 2008, Congress' job approval over the 40-year history of Gallup's measure had been below 20 percent only twice before, in 1979 and 1992," Gallup noted.

Only after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 did a majority of Americans, or 56 percent, approve of the performance of Congress, Gallup notes.

"Over the past four years, Congress' approval ratings have been among the lowest Gallup has measured. Part of this may be attributed to the divided control of Congress, with neither party controlling both the House and Senate, thus leaving both Republicans and Democrats with divided sentiments when asked to rate Congress as a whole," Gallup's Rebecca Riffkin wrote.

Part of the disapproval may trace to this being what critics say is a largely do-nothing Congress. The 113th Congress, which took office in January of last year, has passed just 203 laws, the lowest number in the last 40 years, Govtrack reports.

Republicans and Democrats held the same favorability opinion of Congress, at just 15 percent, but a monthly Gallup poll showed a slight uptick to 16 percent in a Dec.8-11 poll.
The record for disapproval of Congress was reached in November of last year, just nine percent, after the government shutdown.

Gallup is not the only pollster that finds people are not happy with Congress. Real Clear Politics' latest roundup of eight national polls found that on average, only 12.8 percent like the way Congress has been doing its job.

However, Gallup, noting the Republican takeover of both the House and Senate in the midterm elections, holds hope for a rise in approval.

"In January, when newly elected Republican senators are sworn in and Republicans begin controlling both houses of Congress, approval may increase as Americans who identify as Republicans become more positive. This has happened in the past, with Republican approval of Congress surging in 1995 and Democratic approval increasing in 2007," Gallup commented.

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A new Gallup poll finds that Congress achieved a disappointing 15 percent approval rate in 2014, very close to the low 14 percent approval rate it "enjoyed" in 2013, The Washington Times reports.
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