Congress' Approval Rating Drops To 11 Percent

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Congress’ approval rating has dropped to its lowest level this year, according to a poll released Nov. 11 by Gallup.

The poll found that only 11 percent of Americans have a positive view of the job Congress is doing.

The current approval rating is only 2 percentage points above an all-time low, which occurred in November 2013 with 9 percent following the last major government shutdown.

Eighty-six percent of poll respondents disapprove of Congress.

Since 2011, Gallup has not found Americans’ approval of the work Congress is performing to be above 20 percent.

The lowest approval ratings came from Republicans with 8 percent; Democrats approval of Congress was slightly higher at 11 percent, and Independents were were the highest at 13 percent.

At the beginning of the year, in the first Gallup poll taken after the GOP assumed control of the Senate, Republicans approval rating of Congress was at 27 percent, higher than that of Democrats at 17 percent, and Independents with 18 percent.

The decline by Republicans began in the spring and summer months as legislative goals were not met. By July, only 11 percent of Republicans approved of Congress, and the number has continued to fall to its current 8 percent.

The poll was conducted after Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin took over as the new Speaker of the House but found that the change in leadership did not have any immediate positive effect on Americans views of Congress.

While Congress is nearing an all-time low approval rating, President Barack Obama has seen a recent increase.

In the most recent weekly Gallup poll, Obama had an approval rating of 49 percent, his highest since January.

Sources: Gallup (1), Gallup (2) / Photo Source: Ealasaid/Flickr