A New York Times-CBS News survey released last night reported a 15 percent approval rating for Congress. “Most Americans are now dissatisfied or even angry with government – and much of that frustration is directed at Congress,” the poll’s press release stated. “Levels of distrust and cynicism about government are at or near 15-year highs.”
In Gallup‘s polling, congressional approval is down to 18 percent — a point reached just twice in the past 36 years. The all-time low, 14 percent, came less than two years ago. The demographics most responsible for the decline in approval have been liberals and Democrats — the party in control of Washington.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll out this week found 26 percent approving of Congress, which — other than a mid-2008 dip — was the lowest it’s been since 1994, when Democrats lost the majority.