March 2nd, 2009
12:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Poll: New popularity boost for Congress

(CNN) – The new Congress is getting higher marks than the last, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll.

Both congressional Democrats and Republicans have enjoyed an increase in their popularity over the past two months, according to the survey released Monday. Democrats saw their approval rating go from 36 percent in December to 47 percent in the latest poll.

After hitting an all-time low in Gallup’s records in December with a 25 percent approval rating, Republicans have also seen their numbers begin to rise. According to the latest poll, 36 percent approve of the job Republicans are doing in Congress.

"The boost in the public's view of Congress is not a recent phenomenon - it appears to have started in January or early February," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Early February polls conducted by a number of organizations showed higher numbers for leaders of both parties in Congress. The increase may be due to the perception that Congress was starting to take action on the economy, or it might be simply a sign that many Americans were willing to wipe the slate clean for both parties when a new year began."

The USA Today/Gallup poll surveyed 1,013 adults from February 20-22, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. John

    The GOP are buffoons.

    March 2, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. arithmetic is liberal

    note to Congress from the American public:


    March 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Debby

    You have got to be kidding with this poll. This country is in such a mess, the market is tanking, and this congress has done zip for the 4 years they have been in.

    March 2, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Obama Victim

    the more The Messiah does...the better the Repubs look.............keep it up Obummer, and we will have the White House back in '12....

    Obummer, the polictical gift that just keeps on the way, market down 200+ today.....nice loser

    March 2, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Charles Atlanta

    Yes. They are supposed to do their jobs to balance the power. In previous administration, they are all afraid of Bush and rubber-stamp everything.

    March 2, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Zach

    Agreed. Solve problems together and you will be liked even more.

    March 2, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. David Newport, OR

    fingerpointing is not a solution. At least they are now trying something, anything.

    March 2, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Bill, Bloominton IL

    I dont see any improvement. Must be from someone who is not paying their bills.

    March 2, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. dumbocrat alert

    they must have polled Presidents Pelosi / Reid relatives only

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Number went up because of 30 days of real work done!

    March 2, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. disgusted

    Work together constructively for all of us. No more childish sniping and public attacks.

    March 2, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Kim

    Maybe because there's been so much coverage of their efforts to solve the financial/economic crisis.

    March 2, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Monrob

    Arithmetic is liberal, I like that.

    March 2, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. mike

    I don't buy it. Only a fool would give positive marks for this inept bunch of idiots.

    March 2, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Julianna

    What great relief!


    March 2, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Hammer

    Where in the world do they get their numbers?

    March 2, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. albo58

    Get rid of Pelosi and Reid and I bet the ratings would probably double!

    March 2, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    Sure! You must be talking to only those who live in Pelosi's district!

    March 2, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Arron

    I thought the stimulus package was supposed to be so unpopular. Turns out, the American people want their government to take aggressive action to get us out of this jam. If the GOP were still running the show, it would be every man for himself, like Herbert Hoover and bread lines all over again.

    March 2, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Kenema

    Arron, there is NO MONEY. What part of this don't you understand. AS fo the stimulus 73% think it didn't work. Yea , they'll be bread lines but because OF Obama. How is your gas and food prices doing now? Bush's fault, eh?

    April 25, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |