Confidently Unconfident In Congress
The lowest approval ever for Congress.
Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.
This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973. The previous low point for Congress was 18% at several points in the period of time 1991 to 1994.
Congress is now nestled at the bottom of the list of Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions rankings, along with HMOs. Just 15% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in HMOs. (By way of contrast, 69% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military, which tops the list. More on this at galluppoll.com on Thursday).
You know what’s funny? I’m in that 14%. I approve of what Congress is doing because they’re trying to pass the legislation that the country says they want: stem cell research, immigration reform, Iraq accountability, ethics reform, etc.
So I guess that begs the question: is the country more pissed off at the Dems or the Repubs? Doesn’t really matter at this point, but the Dems are definitely trying. Can’t say the same for the Repubs.