CNN Poll: You hired them but disapprove of their work
June 18th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN Poll: You hired them but disapprove of their work

Washington (CNN) - It's nothing to brag about.

According to a new national poll, just 16% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, with 83% of those questioned in a CNN/ORC International survey saying they disapprove. The poll was released Tuesday.

The approval rating for Congress has hovered between 11% and 17% in CNN polling over the past two years. And the new numbers are in the same ballpark as surveys conducted the past few months from other organizations.

Control of Congress is split, with Democrats holding a majority in the Senate and Republicans the dominant party in the House of Representatives.

"Conservatives, at 21%, are slightly more likely to approve of Congress than liberals and moderates, among whom approval of Congress is just 13 to 14 percent," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "If you dislike an activist government, as many conservatives do, you're probably more willing to accept the go-slow approach that this Congress has been following. But that doesn't make the current Congress popular among conservatives - eight in ten conservatives also disapprove of what's been happening on Capitol Hill this year."

The approval rating for Congress is much lower than that of the president. According to a CNN poll released Monday, 45% of Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in office.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International June 11-13, with 1,014 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Congress • Polls
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Pete

    CNN you give them higher marks than I would have ,just bums getting paid the party of NO nothings!!

    June 18, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "go-slow approach "

    Nice euphemism, Faux-lite.

    June 18, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    The implication in the headline is: You Hired 'Em ... YOUR Problem.

    Which is fair enough, I suppose. A democracy is only as good as its duly elected leaders. Take a bow, America!

    June 18, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    In my book they've got a 5% approval rating.

    June 18, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Ola Coola

    Do not Relect any members of Congress. Put time limit of maximum two terms.

    June 18, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. king

    well these folks voted those do nothing repubs in because they thought that Obama was getting too much done with a democratic congress, now they are saying nothing is getting done. only a few repubs left that liked what they voted in office, interestingly i wonder if they would feel the same way when our infrastructure woes cause us not to be a superpower anymore. come on folks this is ridiculous, we've got a lot of 'out of work people" looking for jobs, and our country is falling apart. what sense does that makes not to take advantage of these two problems. when will the repubs see logic.

    June 18, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm surprised its that high.

    June 18, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    Where are all the RWNJ's at now that were talking about President Obama's numbers??? Actually Fox-lite is giving them better numbers than they deserve. In reality they should be in the single digits.

    June 18, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Boomer in Mo

    Maybe it's time to move to New Zealand like my cousin did.

    June 18, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    A big problem with Congress is that you have RWNJs like Paul Ryan calling the extreme right the mainstream. That's why nothing can get accomplished in Congress. One party(the R's) our putting ideology ahead of policy.

    June 18, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. MiddleAmericaMS

    Except most folks don't follow Congress to know that the GOP has orders to obstruct ALL Democratic bills & instead use their power to try to scandalize the Democrats.


    June 18, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. PC

    Complain, Complain, Complain, but yet you continue to vote them in office.

    Stop complaining and do something about it.
    ..............wake up people........

    June 18, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. lottie

    That high? Hopefully we will do better at the 2014 elections. Time to get rid of them

    June 18, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Guygyl

    When we voted we were uneducated, but to our surprise these congress idiots turned out to be THUGS of the nation. Well, wen I cook egg plant curry–I thought it turns out good–but it is too salty, a mistake. Throw it re-elect.

    June 18, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. lolo428

    The 16% number is too high, but don't worry they will be voted out soon and the country can move forward. The R Klan can hang it up. They may con and fool their base, but the rest of America isn't falling for it. Can't wait to cast my vote for the mid-terms. I am sick of those losers and liars.

    June 18, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    I haven't voted republican since before W was SELECTED for his first term. Don't blame me.

    June 18, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Jim Hahn

    Slow go approach? Try No Go approach. Congress has done nothing but pass useless legislation that they know will die in the Senate or never pass muster with President Obama. They have done NOTHING!!!! productive since they arrive in Washington. The only action that has been taken, has been taken by President Obama himself, but there are limits to what he can do on his own. I can't wait for 2014 when we kick the do nothings out of Congress.

    June 18, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Tony in Maine

    The biggest problem right now is gerrymandering. In the past both parties have done it, but the 2010 edition was pure Tea Party. The inmates took over the asylum. How did it happen? Moderates don't vote primaries or off year elections, they are too busy, it doesn't matter, they're all the same, DWTS is on, NASCAR is on, I am reading a good book...yadayadayada

    Truth be told – it's called laziness.

    We get the politicians we deserve.

    June 18, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. kayla

    the shame of it

    June 18, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. tom l.

    The story of Detroit – a city completely run by democrats:

    This is what happens when democrats have full control (the story of the city of Detroit)

    Eventually the money runs out. Much of America was shocked when the city of Detroit defaulted on a $39.7 million debt payment and announced that it was suspending payments on $2.5 billion of unsecured debt. Anyone with half a brain and a calculator could see this coming from a mile away. But people kept foolishly lending money to the city of Detroit, and now many of them are going to get hit really hard.

    Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has submitted a proposal that would pay unsecured creditors about 10 cents on the dollar. Similar haircuts would be made to underfunded pension and health benefits for retirees. Orr is hoping that the creditors and the unions that he will be negotiating with will accept this package, but he concedes that there is still a "50-50 chance" that the city of Detroit will be forced to formally file for bankruptcy.

    But what Detroit is facing is not really that unique. In fact, Detroit is a perfect example of what the future of America is going to look like. We live in a nation that is rotting, decaying, drowning in debt and racing toward insolvency. Already there are dozens of other cities across the nation that are poverty-ridden, crime-infested hellholes just like Detroit is, and hundreds of other communities are rapidly heading in that direction. So don't look down on Detroit. They just got there before the rest of us.

    The following are some facts about Detroit that are absolutely mind-blowing...

    1 – Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, and in 1960 Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.

    2 – Over the past 60 years, the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.

    3 – At this point, approximately 40 percent of all the streetlights in the city don't work.

    4 – Some ambulances in the city of Detroit have been used for so long that they have more than 250,000 mileson them.

    5 – 210 of the 317 public parks in the city of Detroit have been permanently closed down.

    6 – According to the New York Times, there are now approximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.

    7 – Approximately one-third of Detroit's 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

    8 – Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.

    9 – If you can believe it, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

    10 – According to one very shocking report, 47 percent of the residents of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

    11 – Today, police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed in Detroit.

    12 – Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit. Today, there are onlyabout 2,500 and another 100 are scheduled to be eliminated from the force soon.

    13 – Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

    14 – The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

    15 – Crime has gotten so bad in Detroit that even the police are telling people to "enter Detroit at your own risk".

    16 – Right now, the city of Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities. That breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident.

    June 18, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Hammerer

    Funny that the left blames the Repubs but the Dems have passed every bill that has been passed in the last 7 years without Repub support.
    Explain that.

    June 18, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. tom l.

    I find it funny that liberals on here think that the 16% number is only associated with republicans but democrats control the senate. Remember, dems, Congress has TWO chambers and one is run by you guys. With Obama dramatically slipping in the polls, and independents 61-37 don't approve, I would take a look in the mirror if I were a democrat.

    June 18, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Scott in FL

    Congress is too liberal, both parties have been infiltrated by the the same "progressives" that dominate our college campuses. More so the Democrats but there are Republican examples as well. These progressive policies are weighing us down and politicians without term limits are stealing our most precious asset, our liberty! We may never get it back once taken.We need smaller government that promotes welfare not bloated government that provides welfare.

    June 18, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    LOL! Pining for the 1950's and 1960's again, eh Tom? Your rant is long on rhetoric, but entirely absent from it is even one factoid that draws the causal connection you're claiming exists.

    June 18, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @tom l.
    The story of Detroit – a city completely run by democrats:


    Romney's home town !
    Or is it Boston , New Hampshire , La Joya,Ca ?

    The unions were greedy , the corporations were greedy , foreign composition , and badly designed cars.

    it would be so easy if corruption only belonged to one party !

    June 18, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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