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Congress Hits All-Time Low Again With 10 Percent Approval Rating

A new poll released last week shows that Congress has, once again, hit an all-time low approval rating.

In this new poll, Gallup found that just 10 percent of Americans think Congress is doing a “good job.” This marks the second time the rating has hit this low number, which is the lowest in Gallup’s history of asking the question.

Congressional disdain proves to be a rather bipartisan sentiment — the abysmal rate is about the same among Democrats (9%), independents (11%), and Republicans (10%). Democrats’ approval of Congress has declined the most since last month’s poll, going from 18 percent in July to the current 9 percent.

“It is difficult to pinpoint precise causes for these extraordinarily negative views, although the continuing poor economy is certainly a major factor,” read Gallup’s analysis, which also pointed to a deeply divided Congress as a possible explanation for why each political group of surveyed individuals can find something to dislike on Capitol Hill.

This particular Congress has consistently rated below 20 percent approval, with the highest being 24 percent in May 2011, and the lowest being 10 percent this month and February 2012:

Poll details here.

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