USA Today/Gallup Poll: Only 18% Approve of Congress

Monday, September 20, 2010

With Congress back at work this week for an abbreviated session after another long vacation, voter approval of the job they’re doing has fallen to historic lows. Only a 18% of the Americans people give them high marks, down from 19% in August. Congress’ approval rating has not been above 20% since May, and has not surpassed 30% since September 2009.

Congressional Job Approval by Party ID, January 2009-August 2010

The latest findings are from a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Sept. 13-16. The decline in approval of Congress since the beginning of 2009 has closely paralleled the drop in approval for President Obama over the same period. Both the president and the Democratic-led Congress saw a sharp slide in their public approval ratings last summer. Their ratings subsequently leveled off, but fell slightly further this summer, and remain at the lower level today.

Fully 77 out of every 100 Americans disapproves of the job Congress is doing, up from 73% last spring.

With only 43 days until President Obama’s first midterm election, approval for the Democratically-led Congress are now the lowest ever recorded by Gallup in a midterm year. In 1994 and 2006, Congress had a paltry 21% approval.

The writing was on the political wall for Democrats for sometime. For reasons I don’t pretend to understand, President Obama choose to focus the majority of his time and energy on healthcare reform and ignore poll after poll showing the number one issue the majority of Americans cared most about is jobs and the economy.

Mr. Obama’s peculiar behavior continued when he returned from a seventh vacation of the year and promptly went to war with the House Minority Leader John Boehner, elevating the Ohio Republican to the national spotlight instead of launching a much needed jobs program.

With barely more than a month until the midterm election, it’s unlikely the president can do anything to help reverse the political fortunes of incumbent Democrats. This fall’s political storyline appears to be written in stone and it will read how President Obama helped Democrats lose their majorities in both the House and the senate.

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12 Responses to USA Today/Gallup Poll: Only 18% Approve of Congress

  1. feminazi says:

    High unemployment is resulting in a shrinking middle class. This really isn’t rocket science and it doesn’t require a Doctorate in Economics to understand. I never understood the need to focus on healthcare at the cost of everything else. Healthcare could wait until 2010. Unemployment isn’t going down and if I hear one more Obama apologist cite the temporary Census jobs as proof the president is creating new jobs I will scream bloody murder.

  2. TOM339 says:

    I saw former President Bill Clinton on Jon Stewart’s show and he spoke to jobs and unemployment.

    The gist of what he said was, 50% of the jobs in the want ads go unfilled because Americans lack the skills to do the jobs.

    His remedy was simple. Have the employers train the new hires for the jobs and allow the employers to deduct the cost of the training from their corporate taxes. If this isn’t possible, have the Feds cover the costs of employee training.

    Clinton said unemployment would drop to 7% from it’s current 10% in a year. Why hasn’t President Obama suggested such a program? What is Obama doing other than escalate the Afghanistan war?

  3. Peace Nick says:

    I expect Republicans will takeover Congress in November and since President Obama is committed to “reaching out to our friends across the aisle,” he will be all too happy to rubberstamp everything the GOP sends him to sign.

    Mr. Obama is George W. Bush with a light tan.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    The DADT repeal vote is tomorrow. The bill is in the form of an attachment to the Defense Authorization Bill. My guess is, the GOP will filibuster it to death and Obama won’t make a single appearance or even make a phone call to help get the votes needed to pass it. You can only rest on the glow of being America’s first black president for so long. At some point, you need to get off your ass and do something.

  5. R.J. says:

    I’m with President Clinton on this one. I remember a time when you received training for the position you applied for. Not now. Employers are in general too lazy to do it.

  6. Rinaldo says:

    President Obama and the democratic majority didn’t exactly ignore jobs and the economy. Before healthcare bill was on the table there was the stimulus bill passed. And who wouldn’t think that 700 billion in spending would make a difference to the economy? It represents the single biggest government economic action in my lifetime, breath-taking in it’s magnitude. And in addition to that we had lots of smaller actions to boost the economy. So congress and the president thought they had their bases covered on the economy and proceeded to focus on health care. And who would have thought that health care reform would be met with such opposition? Obama and the party promised health reform, it has been a cornerstone of the democratic party platform for decades, the one thing that was promised that was sure to be welcomed by the public. Unfortunately, the economy is still in the doldrums. And the public does not like the health care bill. I’m sure volumes will be written examining how things turned out so badly, and many explanations offered. And the blame game commences Nov 3 !

  7. Estacada says:

    I saw the clip Tom is referring to. The funny part was when Jon Stewart asked Bill Clinton if he suggested this ideas to Obama.

    After the audience laughed, Clinton said “Yes, I have.”

    What Stewart didn’t ask Clinton is, did Obama agree and say he planned to target jobs creation using these suggestions. My guess is, Obama has no intention of launching such a jobs program because he has such little political capital to spend he knows he will be shot down by both parties.

  8. VicoDANIEL says:

    Unemployment in Las Vegas is getting close to 15% and rising.

    Had it not been for my job skills (in the medical field) I would still be stuck in New York City and I couldn’t have recently moved here. I don’t know what the answer is but this is why we elect people to go to Washington and solve the most pressing issues and problems of the day and contrary to what many mistakenly think, rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t concerns of mine and I resent my tax dollars being spent in that part of the world while the USA goes down the toilet.

    And before anyone even tries it, I say this as a liberal Democrat, ready to become an independent. Both parties have failed the people who elected them and I have had all I can stand of politics as usual.

  9. DMason says:

    As legislators, I think Harry Reid is far more effective than Nancy Pelosi. Reid isn’t afraid to mix it up and work at get bills out of committee. I don’t see this with Pelosi. Why the people of San Francisco puts up with her is a mystery to me.

  10. Mets Fan says:

    No question jobs trump healthcare. No question.

    Without a job you can’t eat, pay rent, qualify a home mortgage, buy a car, pay your heating bill, or take a vacation. Democrats keep turning a deaf ear to the mounting desperation in this country and they’re about to pay the price.

  11. Conejo1982 says:

    The Obama administration says the recession ended a year ago.

    Geithner was in USA Today and said home prices are stable and mortgage money is cheap.

    If the recession ended a year ago, why is the number of jobless going up?

    Home prices stable? Where? Manhattan?

    Mortgage money cheap. But banks won’t give you a mortgage.

    Frankly, I don’t like it when clobber me in the face with a 2X4 and tell me it’s a blow job. I know the difference.

    President Obama is just plain lying to the American people now and it’s going to lead to his political demise.

  12. Randy Arroyo says:

    When only a third of Democrats say they approve of the job Congress is doing, then you know there’s anger out there for lefty incumbents. If I were Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi, I would accept my fate and look ahead to either retirement (Pelosi) or 2016 (Reid.)

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