December 10, 2011 in Nation/World

Regard for Congress reaches all-time low

Los Angeles Times
 

WASHINGTON – Americans’ hostility toward members of Congress is at a record high, a new Gallup Poll found.

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said most representatives do not deserve to be re-elected, the highest number in the 19 years Gallup has asked the question and six points higher than in August, just after the contentious debate over raising the debt ceiling.

Only 20 percent said most members should be re-elected, a record low.

“If voters’ current sentiments toward Congress prevail through next November’s election, it is possible that control of the House would flip back to the Democrats,” wrote Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.

It’s just the latest negative metric for federal legislators. A Gallup Poll conducted in November put Congress’ job approval rating at 13 percent.

The findings come just after the congressional “supercommittee” failed to agree on a plan to reduce the nation’s long-term deficits, and as lawmakers are again at odds over whether to extend a payroll tax holiday into 2012.

Control of Congress will likely be overshadowed by the presidential race in 2012. But control of both the House, currently in Republican control, and the Senate, held narrowly by Democrats, are very much at stake.


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