Americans Have Very Dim View of Congress
It's no secret - Americans have a very dim view of Congress.
According to a recent poll from Gallup.com, 11% of Americans have a positive view of the job that Congress is doing. Approval ratings for Congress are traditionally low, but the bottom has really fallen out since the federal government partially shut down over a week ago.
According to a recent release from Public Polling Policy (link below), the approval ratings for Congress are even worse. Just 8% of the Americans that were included in the poll gave a thumbs-up to Congress - Democrats, Republicans and Independents, who rarely agree on anything, are united in their disdain for the job that members of Congress are doing.
Just how bad is it? Let's look at some of the questions that Public Polling Policy posed to the people who were taking part in the survey:
What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or Wall Street?
Wall Street, 46%
Not Sure, 39%
Wall Street has been extremely unpopular since the "Great Recession" of 2008, but they were able to receive three times the support of Congress.
What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or witches?
Not sure, 21%
What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or jury duty?
Jury duty, 73%
Not sure, 10%
What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or the IRS?
Not sure, 24%
What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or cockroaches?
Not sure, 15%
That just about says it all, doesn't it?
The survey from Public Policy Polling compared Congress to a number of different entities, with often humorous results. Congress was able to beat out Anthony Weiner and Syria, but they fell short of Mother-in-Laws and hipsters.
This survey provided a bit of humor in an otherwise unfunny situation.
Source: PublicPolicyPolling.com - Americans like Witches, the IRS, and even Hemorrhoids better than Congress (*.pdf)
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