Approval of GOP-led Congress plummets

March 11, 2011 at 6:34 PM

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- Public approval of the U.S. Congress has plummeted to less than 20 percent for the first time since the Tea Party and GOP-led House took control this year.

A Gallup poll released Friday indicates only 18 percent of adults say they approve of the way Congress is doing its job, down from 23 percent in February, The Hill reported.

The disapproval spanned the political gamut with 15 percent of independents saying they approved of Congress, down from 23 percent in February, and 20 percent of Democrats approving, down from 25 percent, and 20 percent of Republicans saying they approve of the way Congress is doing its job, down from 23 percent last month, the poll showed.

Gallup said the opinions Americans have of Congress traditionally tend not to be positive, showing an average 34 percent approval rating since the organization began tracking this viewpoint in 1974.

Gallup says the March ratings for Congress are among the lowest in the 37-year history of the polling organization.

The Gallup poll was conducted March 2-6 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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