July 16th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
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Congressional job approval hits historic low

Congressinal job approval dropped to 14 percent.
Congressinal job approval dropped to 14 percent.

(CNN)—Congress’ job approval rating hit a historic low Wednesday, reaching into the mid to low teens according the latest Gallup poll findings

The approval rating dropped 5 percentage points over the past month, from a 19 percent approval in June to 14 percent in July. The new record is 4 percentage points lower than Congress’ previous low of 18 percent last May.

The declining poll numbers can be attributed to sliding support for Democrats: Over the past month, their support has slid from 23 percent approval in June to 11 percent in July.

During that time, the Republican Party’s approval rating has risen, from 15 percent in June to 19 percent in July.

The survey of 1,106 adults, conducted by telephone July 10-13, has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent.


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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Really

    I love how it is the Republicans and Bush's fault. I did not know that Democrates were that brainless and controling. Lets see, they took over control 2 years ago and gas has gone up, the economy has gone in the tank, the financial market is in chaos. The only thing that is looking better is the war in Iraq, the only thing that they keep their fingers out of. hmmmmm

    July 16, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Blame the people. We should be held responsible for choosing our representatives.

    July 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Eric

    Bush vetoes anything that's good for this country, what can you do, when there's isn't a huge majority nothing gets done. Doesn't matter anyways, this country is going down the tubes. Soon we'll be the Divided States of Saudi Arabia.

    July 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Enough already!

    Dr. Mimi de la Cruz:

    I agree!!!! Once Mr Veto and his puppet master are gone things should improve. However, Congress should have taken a stand against this lame duck administration a long time ago. At this point it is a 2-way street.

    July 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Adam - TX

    Blame Pelosi – She's as clueless and useless as any representative. She's only in this for the money.

    July 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Scott, NY NY

    The spineless Dems need to get a backbone and stand-up to Bush and his cronies. They cave, and cave, and cave. Grow a pair you bunch of wimps.

    July 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Time to toss the lot of them–except Ron Paul– out and start over. A collection of newbies can't do any worse than the collection of clowns who seem to be getting paid to steal our money and our freedoms.

    July 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    no wonder, republicans don't like them because the democrats are in control. Democrats don't like them because they won't stand up to Bush........that will make for low approval ratings all right.

    July 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. ARB

    Are you just now finally realizing this ken? Sorry you just noticed that.

    July 16, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Fair and Balanced

    TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS. ELECT THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME TOO. TWO FOUR YEAR TERMS JUST LIKE THE PRESIDENT. YOU HAVE ONE SHOT, YOU DO A GOOD JOB YOU GET ELECTED FOR ANOTHER TERM, IF YOU DONT, SEE YA! KNOW IF WE COULD JUST FIND A CONGRESS TO VOTE IT INTO LAW.......LOL

    July 16, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Just Sayin...

    As a democrat and a strong supporter of the party I am ashamed of how much of a sissy Nancy Pelosi has become. The only question I would ask Nancy if ever met her was "how am I going to explain to my kids that we didn't impeach bush?"

    Answer me that Mrs. Speaker...

    We elected you for that reason...and that reason alone...

    July 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Unify this..

    Dems/Pubs really what is the difference? Uh..none. Different lip service, maybe, higher quality of leasdership, uh no. We would be better off starting from scratch. They all disgust me!

    July 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Ben (Eugene, OR)

    BALANCE OF POWER IS NEEDED

    McCain '08 (Democratic in both houses)
    Clinton '12 (Republican in both houses)

    July 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Jon in WA

    I agree with the many people out there who say the Dems need to start standing up to Bush more.

    Their override of his veto is an important step... Now keep the ball rolling!!

    The thing that upsets me most about this poll is how people can support the GOP after their ridiculous policies over the last 8 years are what has led to the problems our country faces today with the declining dollar, weak economy, housing crisis, and Iraq.

    July 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Jim

    Your Poll is off – As far as I'm Concerned- & if it was in my power
    BOTH Houses & Both parties would only hear 2 words from me-
    YOUR FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. M.S. Indiana

    Jeff,
    the republicans had to do nothing to win their bills when they ruled congress, they had bush on their side...

    the democrats cant do things unless they get 2/3 of the votes... to counter an veto from bush..

    But when Obama wins in november they can do things, and republicans will help them... It is a hole new way of politics

    July 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. susie

    Pelosi should not be reelected, as she lied about what she was going to do in the first 100 days. She is a typical Democrat who will tell the public anything and do the opposite. Vote out all of the do for nothing Congress.

    July 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. William Courtland, Waterford, ON

    The declining poll numbers can relate to the clear lack of representation by appropriate district apportionment.

    In 1776 65 members of congress represented 2.5 million people=38 thousand each

    In 2008 435 members of congress represent 303 million people=700 thousand each

    July 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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