U.S. Congress approval rating hits all-time low: poll

08:47, December 16, 2010      

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Americans' satisfaction with Congress has hit an all-time low, with only 13 percent saying they approve of the way their representatives are doing their jobs, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The disapproval rating for Congress rose to 83 percent, also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance.

The prior low approval rating for Congress was 14 percent in July 2008 when the United States was dealing with record-high gas prices and the economy was in recession.

"In the past month, many of the supporters it had, largely Democrats, appear to have become frustrated with its work," said Gallup.

"That frustration seems to be taken out more on the Democratic congressional majority than on the president, whose approval rating has been relatively stable between 44 percent and 46 percent since the election among all Americans," it noted.

Republicans won overwhelmingly in November's midterm elections, recapturing control of the House of Representatives and adding more seats in the Senate.

But the Republicans' gain in ballots does not necessarily translate into voter confidence that they to lead the country out its problems. Another poll suggests that Americans trust President Barack Obama more than they do Republicans.

Source: Xinhua

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