Once again, Congress has reached a new low. Only 13 percent of Americans approve of Congress, tied for the worst on record, according to a Gallup Poll conducted over the weekend. Eighty-four percent of Americans disapprove, the poll found. That figure is a record high.The last time Congress rated only 13 percent approval was in December 2010, during last year’s lame duck session.
The lame congressional approval ratings are slightly lower among independents, reaching 9 percent, compared to 15 percent among Democrats and 17 percent among Republicans. The 9 percent approval rating for independents is the lowest since Gallup began measuring congressional approval in 1974.
The poll results follows a record low approval rating for President Barack Obama, who scored a 39 percent approval rating in the pollster’s daily tracking numbers this week, the first time in his presidency that he recorded a number lower than 40 percent.