Record Number Of Americans Disapprove Of Congress

Written by Timothy Ruth on Aug. 18, 2011

A new record high number of 84% of Americans now disapprove of Congress, with the 13% that approve tying the all-time low record, according to a new poll released from Gallup on Tuesday. The numbers reflect the sentiments of the country following Congress and President Obama reaching an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

The 13% that say approve of Congress tied the all-time low approval in December 2010, Gallup reports.

When the last poll was conducted asking Americans how they rated the job approval of Congress early last month, 18% said that they approved with 77% saying they disapproved.

When Gallup asked how they approved of congress by political ideology, an overwhelming 86% of Independents say they disapprove, while only 9% say they approve. Those polled say that 15% approve of the Democrats and 17% approve of the Republicans. 83% say they disapprove of the Democrats and 81% say they disapprove of the Republicans, respectively.

However, in a poll released just last Friday, August 12, 51% of those polled say if the 2012 election were held today, they would vote for a Democratic candidate, while 44% say they’d vote for a Republican.

Gallup said the results mean that the Democrats may be “better positioned today to win seats in the 2012 congressional elections than it was leading up to the midterms that resulted in its loss of 63 House seats and majority control”. They note, however, that that the advantage of the Democrats wasn’t as strong as 2006 when they won back control of the House and Senate, or in 2008 when now-President Obama helped maintain it.

A majority of those polled also reacted negatively toward the Tea Party, with 42% saying that an endorsement by the Tea Party would make them less likely to vote for a candidate, and 23% saying that they would view the endorsement favorably. Amongst Republicans polled, 44% said that a Tea Party endorsement would make them more likely to vote for the candidate, with 42% saying it wouldn’t make a difference. 66% of Democrats, however, say a Tea Party endorsement would make them less likely to vote for the candidate.

“To re-establish a more favorable positioning with voters, the Republican Party will have to deal carefully with the national Tea Party movement,” Gallup said. “While most Republicans say Tea Party endorsements either make no difference to their vote or increase their likelihood of supporting a candidate, at this point the effect on the all-important independent vote is more negative than positive.”


  • The one thing that this debt ceiling argument has taught me is that Congress is the problem and not the president. There is nothing wrong with compromise unless you want to be a dictator and Obama tried to compromise with the Republicans. He agreed to cuts that even his own party did not support and still could not get a deal done. Next year we need to elect a new Congress so that Obama can get something accomplished. No president can do his job when he has an uncooperative Congress to work with.

    • Thumb up for you! Well said!

    • Mbaker111820

      That goes for both Republicans and Democrats. They won’t listen to what the people are saying if they keep getting re-elected. Vote them all out and see what happens. The ordinary person will have their attention then. They will think twice before playing favorites to a political party. And the damn Tea Party is getting the blame, do your own research on who would not cooperate in Congress, cause the media isn’t. Majority of the problems on both sides was the stalemate between long running members. All of your Tea Party members in Congress are freshman Reps and Sens, they have no pull or say. Just sayin’…the media is duping us all. And the people who keep getting re-elected and re-elected are using that to their advantage.