Congressional job approval at historic low

Dec. 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM   |   Comments

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PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Americans' approval of Congress sank to a new low, with only 13 percent saying they approve of the way Congress does its job, Gallup reported Wednesday.

The 83 percent disapproval rating is the worst Gallup measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

For the year, Congress averaged a 19 percent approval among all Americans, tied with the averages for 1979 and 2008, and 1 percentage point above the 18 percent average for 1992, Gallup said, noting those years were marked by difficult economic times for the United States.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,019 adults conducted Thursday through Sunday. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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