Public opinion of Congress reaches a new low

A new Gallup poll on Americans' attitudes towards their institutions finds the nation in a massive crisis of confidence, with low levels of confidence in many institutions. Congress's public perception continues to fall, reaching an all-time low of 7%.

Americans' confidence in Congress is not only at its lowest point on record, but also is the worst Gallup has ever found for any institution it has measured since 1973. This low level of confidence is in line with Americans' low job approval of Congress, which has also been stuck below 30% for years.

The divided Congress, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans the House, is likely part of the reason for the low levels of confidence rank-and-file Democrats and Republicans express, and is tied to Americans' frustrations with Congress' inability to get much done.

Americans' Confidence in Congress Falls to Lowest on Record

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  1. Ratel says:

    Unfortunately, this understanding that Congress is totally dysfunctional doesn't seem to come with the understanding that one party is to blame for this dysfunction.

  2. Current level of approval = Congressmen themselves + their relatives + their friends + the survey's margin of error

  3. Plan to raise approval ratings of Congress: merge with Comcast.

  4. When corporate donations become more important than votes, these guys are not really working for the voter any more. Democrat, Republican, the money comes from the same place. Congress is functioning exactly as its owners want it to, so in that sense there's nothing to see here. There's only a problem if you think the electorate should have a say.

  5. So who do you want in 2016? Clinton? Warren? Gore? Franken? Biden? Kucinich? Sanders?

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