CNN Poll: Congressional approval hits all-time low
January 16th, 2012
07:00 PM ET
11 years ago

CNN Poll: Congressional approval hits all-time low

Washington (CNN) - Only 11% of Americans approve of how Congress is handling its job, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.

That's a new record for this measure on a CNN survey; the previous all-time low approval rating for Congress was 14%, set in August, at the very end of the debt ceiling debate which resulted in an unpopular agreement between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill. The poll indicates that 86% say they disapprove of how Congress is handling its duties.

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"Republicans and Democrats can't agree on much, but they both agree that Congress is doing a lousy job," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Approval of Congress is just 10% among Republicans, and only 16% among Democrats. Nine percent of independents have a positive view of Congress."

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from January 11-12, with 1,021 adult Americans, including 928 registered voters, questioned by telephone on January 11-12, 2012. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Sagebrush Shorty

    11% seems a little high.

    January 16, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. pogojo

    Vote the dems out of the senate, then we will see the country move forward

    January 16, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. NoWay

    You want things to get better? Vote for a moderate. It's that simple

    January 16, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Peikoviany

    The Founding Fathers wanted a system that put the breaks on whenever the factions of government could not agree. Other countries have kings or dictators for a reason. America has gridlock by design. The American public shows its own ignorance when it complains about government working the way it was meant to work. The Constitution was never intended to function if and only if the other guy is out of the room. It was intended to be a system of compromises.

    January 16, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Jim

    11% of Americans have no idea what Congress is.

    January 16, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. BlackDynamite

    How did it get that high?

    January 16, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. bill

    Seriously, seriously time for Congressional term limits. If it was a good idea for the president, it's a good idea for Congress.

    January 16, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Brian

    I didn't know you could go below 0

    January 16, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Kathleen Burns Griggs

    It's almost too bad we cannot do a vote of "no confidence" here, isn't it? Not a single Senator or Representative seems to give a damn that the voters are infuriated with them and we, at least, remember most of our Civics classes and that they, our now-useless Congress, are the ones responsible for legislative advances or, as we've been enduring for the past 3 years, failure! Keep blaming it on the White House, WE know it's the Congress' job to run the government, not the President's... no matter who sits in the Oval Office!

    January 16, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Dave McGuire

    Congress: YOU ARE FIRED!!

    January 16, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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