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Just 13 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Congress

| by Sean Kelly
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A new Gallup poll showed no improvement in nationwide approval of the job Congress is doing.

According to the poll, only 13 percent of those polled approve of the job Congress is doing — consistent with the 11 percent to 16 percent approval ratings since August 2015.

The 13 percent approval rating is just four percentage points higher than the record low of 9 percent from November 2013. Traditionally, approval for Congress has been low — averaging 32 percent since the first Gallup poll in 1974.

Support for Congress peaked at 84 percent following 9/11, but began to decrease in the years following the attacks. Gallup noted that approval for Congress reached 20 percent or higher only three times since 2012 — in February of 2015, in November of 2014 and right before the 2012 presidential election.

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Currently, according to the poll, 16 percent of Democrats and 13 percent of Republicans approve of the job Congress is doing.

Recent events that have likely contributed to the lack of support for Congress include the promise to block President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran was just one of the many members of Congress to pledge the blocking of transfer for detainees, particularly in his own state.

"I remain committed to blocking the transfer of Guantanamo detainees anywhere in the United States, especially Fort Leavenworth," Moran said, the New York Daily News reported. "We must safeguard the missions on Fort Leavenworth, the nearly 14,000 military and civilian personnel and their family members, and the thousands of Kansans who live in the Leavenworth community.”

President Obama acknowledged the opposition he faced from Congress during the closing process.

"I am very clear eyed about the hurdles to finally closing Guantanamo," he said. "This plan deserves a fair hearing, even in an election year. Let us do what is right for America. Let us go ahead and close this chapter.”

Data for the most recent Gallup poll was conducted between March 2-6 among 1,019 adults aged 18 and older.

Sources: Gallup, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Wikipedia

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