Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Polls Show Americans Unhappy with the Government in General

With the President’s approval numbers in the crapper, Congress decided that they should follow suit.
From Gallup
PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup Poll finds Congress' approval rating the lowest it has been since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974. Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007, Gallup Poll.

That 18% job approval rating matches the low recorded in March 1992, when a check-bouncing scandal was one of several scandals besetting Congress, leading many states to pass term limits measures for U.S. representatives (which the Supreme Court later declared unconstitutional). Congress had a similarly low 19% approval rating during the energy crisis in the summer of 1979.

Is there any part of the Government that is getting positive numbers?

On a side note, can anyone tell me what the Congresses in 1992, 1979 and today have in common? Anyone? Anyone? (Cricket noise)

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