But just barely.
PRINCETON, NJ — A new record-low 11% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest single rating in Gallup’s history of asking this question since 1974. This earns Congress a 17% yearly average for 2011, the lowest annual congressional approval rating in Gallup history.
The previous low Gallup reading for congressional job approval was 13%, recorded in August, October, and November of this year, and in December 2010. The highest approval rating for Congress is 84% in October 2001, a month after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
The current 86% disapproval rating for Congress is the highest in Gallup history, two percentage points higher than the 84% recorded in August.
This month’s record-low congressional job approval rating is one of a number of measures of Congress that have reached historical low points this year. This suggests that 2011 will be remembered as the year in which the American public lost much of any remaining faith in the men and women they elect and send off to Washington to represent them.
[Emphasis added by us – Queen]
Why? Well, because they are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg and screwing up our lives and our country and we have figured them out. Isn’t that enough?
PRINCETON, NJ — Sixty-four percent of Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of Congress as “low” or “very low,” tying the record “low”/”very low” rating Gallup has measured for any profession historically. Gallup has asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethics of numerous professions since 1976, including annually since 1990. Lobbyists also received a 64% low honesty and ethics rating in 2008.
I want you to notice something there. That’s an all time record disapproval rating when compared to everything. No other group of people has ever polled worse than Congress. And no group has ever done so much to earn their reputation as these liars and cheats.