Friday, August 5, 2011

Congressional Job Approval Nears 'Lowest Ever' Levels: What Can Turn It Around?

Congressional Job Approval Nears 'Lowest Ever' Levels: What Can Turn It Around?

The new CNN/ORC International poll conducted Monday night shows congressional job approval falling to or matching record low levels. Scholars who have studied decades of public opinion data argue that these ratings mostly reflect the condition of the economy, so members of Congress who want to turn the numbers around need to focus on making the economy grow.

This poll was followed Thursday night by a New York Times/CBS News poll which also shows Congress' approval rating falling to 14 percent, with a record 82 percent of Americans now disapproving of the way Congress is handling its job -- "the most since the Times first began asking the question in 1977, and even more than after another political stalemate led to a shutdown of the federal government in 1995," the Times writes.

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