85% of Americans Say Congress isn’t Doing its Job

U.S. CapitolThe U.S. House of Representatives will be greeted with bad news when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill tomorrow: Two new polls find record numbers of adults disapprove of the way Congress does its job.

In a new CNN/ORC International poll, 86% of adults give Congress a thumbs down. The findings were similar in an ABC News-Washington Post survey, which showed 84% saying they disapprove of how lawmakers are doing their job. In that poll, a whopping two-thirds say they “strongly” disapprove.

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The intense criticism directed at Congress is at an all-time low in both polls, since pollsters first started asking this question in 1974.

“Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on much, but they both agree that Congress is doing a lousy job,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says on the
network’s Political Ticker blog.

Gary Langer, polling director for ABC News, notes the job-approval rating for Congress is more than 35 percentage points below President Obama’s approval
rating — the biggest gap between a president and Congress since 1990.

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SOURCE: Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

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