Republicans Drive Congress’s Approval Rating Towards Record Lows

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell

The Republican midterm election win has driven Congress’s approval ratings down even lower according to a new poll released by Gallup.

According to Gallup, “Gallup’s most current monthly rating of Congress, from a Dec. 8-11 poll, shows 16% of Americans approving of Congress. That is little changed from November, but remains down from a slightly higher 20% reading just before this year’s midterm elections. That is the only time Congress’ monthly approval rating has reached the 20% mark over the last two years. Approval fell to an all-time monthly low of 9% in November 2013 after the partial government shutdown.”

Gallup blamed the low approval ratings on the fact that control of Congress has been divided, but a better explanation is the lack of legislation passed by the Republican obstructed body combined with a Congress that since the Republican takeover of the House has not been responsive to the needs of the American people.

The Koch agenda that has been pushed by House Republicans, and will be taken up by the Senate in January is not popular. Over the last few years, Congress has failed to pass a popular background checks bill for gun owners, an increase in the minimum wage, improving veterans benefits, extending unemployment benefits, and increased infrastructure spending. All of this legislation was popular with the American people but was killed by Congressional Republicans.

The do-nothingness of the Congress is likely to continue after Republicans take control. The problem isn’t divided government. The big issue is that Congress is being controlled by Republicans who only care about their donors. This isn’t a Congress that is working for the American people. It is a body that is only interested in those who are writing the biggest campaign contribution checks.

Expecting Republicans to be the solution to the problem that they caused, is not only unrealistic, it’s foolish.

32 Replies to “Republicans Drive Congress’s Approval Rating Towards Record Lows”

  1. The public doesn’t approve of Congress but then goes around and doesn’t vote or else votes for the SOS. Good going, America.

  2. I know, makes no sense. And the ones that did vote for them must feel like the biggest dumbest sorry AH”s.

  3. i know Mark this is all going down because people are too lazy to vote.
    and as you know lower turn out always favor the republicans. 36% is a absolute embarrassment.

  4. I don’t understand the logic. If a majority of voters elected the new congress, how does this mean the voters like the new congress less?

    Seems to me it means they liked the old congress less than the new one.

    Of course, I’m just one of the stupid people the drafters of Obamacare talked about, so what do I know.

  5. Maybe this will cure voter apathy, but maybe it won’t. Still true, if you don’t vote, you’re part of the problem. In fact you are playing in to the GOP playbook by not voting. They absolutely know that most intelligent people don’t buy their shtick and purposely intend to drive people away from the voting booth. Which leaves mostly goobers voting.

  6. Apparently having low approval numbers is enough for voters to re-elected the very same people back into office. I don’t know what’s worse, dumb politicians, or dumb voters.

  7. Life has become a political game, and only the reactionary right rusted wingnuts know how to play. That’s because they have rigged the “game” in their favor. Progressives and Liberals and some centrists didn’t get their way in every aspect of governance, and so they had a hissy fit absolutely equal to those of the far right when they don’t get their way in everything. The Left of Center group ignorantly overlooked the obvious fact that abstention from voting always amounts to a clear vote for the right wingnuts. Politics is a game of bamboozling the people who don’t understand that the Lesser Evil is simply the best possible choice.

  8. There is no logic in your comment. The situation in question is that a majority of voters elected the new congress, but that is not the same as a majority of eligible voters. Additionally, no judgement can be made until the Congress does something – which is not likely given the diametric opposition of the various factions.

    On the other hand, personal history can indicate the leanings of the new Congress. But even though that can inspire dislike, those who didn’t vote for something else, have no right to opine.

  9. Take your false equivalency, sit on it, and spin. Republicans with their voter ID laws have cut deeply into “the left”‘s ability to get out the vote, and there have been no comparable action on the part of democrats to restrict the voting rights of republicans.

  10. THE REPUBLICANS don’t care if their approval rating is low. Because apparently their focus is NOT on America or the people they represent, they represent the wishes and desires of the big money donors and specifically the Koch Bros. They only pay lip service to their riled up dumb base. the 29% of the 36%who came out to support and vote their tormentors back into office.
    What’s wrong with that picture?

  11. Freedom of speech is a good thing.

    Having people realize that they made a big mistake start looking for a way to correct it. That takes discussions with people not normally on their radar.

  12. My value for the Party of No, in Congress, is the square root of -1….

    I value the Party of No electorate with even less esteem.

  13. The new congress is not in office yet. There is no way that the most recent election is reflected in this latest pole. No matter what happens this site would blame the Republicans.

  14. I am not sure what your comment has to do with the point that the poll cannot take into account the new congress.

  15. Your insistence on ignoring the point that the poll cannot by is nature reflect the views of the newly elected congress serves to validate my latter point that. That is that this site and apparently you blame Republicans for everything. However, since you insist; George Bush attempted to warn the Democrat controlled congress that the housing bubble and Fannie and Freddie were in trouble. They ignored the warnings, the economy collapsed and everyone blamed Bush. That proves both my points in one.

  16. From archives

    April: Rep. Frank ignores the warnings, accusing the Administration of creating an “artificial issue.” At a speech to the Mortgage Bankers Association conference, Rep. Frank said “people tend to pay their mortgages. I don’t think we are in any remote danger here. This focus on receivership, I think, is intended to create fears that aren’t there.” (“Frank: GSE Failure A Phony Issue,” American Banker, 4/21/04)

    The Republicans tried to stop the Democrat darlings in Fannie and Freddie before the collapse that crushed the middle class.

  17. Again, Bloomberg’s Awful Comment; What Can We Say For Certain Regarding the GSEs?
    The first thing to point out is that the both the subprime mortgage boom and the subsequent crash are very much concentrated in the private market, especially the private label securitization channel (PLS) market. The GSEs were not behind them. That whole fly-by-night lending boom, slicing and dicing mortgage bonds, derivatives and CDOs, and all the other shadiness of the 2000s mortgage market was a Wall Street creation, and that is what drove all those risky mortgages.

    For some data, start here: “More than 84 percent of the subprime mortgages in 2006 were issued by private lending institutions….Private firms made nearly 83 percent of the subprime loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers that year.”

  18. I gave you facts showing that GSES WERE NOT THE PROBLEM. Now if you don’t want accept those facts that’s your problem not mine. BTW what did rushbo tell you?

  19. It’s off the original topic but here goes; Fannie and Freddie were backing the sub-prime loans like a stake horse in a gambling ring. The government and agencies like acorn sued banks and forced them to make an ever growing percentage of sub-prime mortgages. Those mortgages were back by Fannie and Freddie. So yes the banks made the loans after being pressured to do so. They did that with the backdoor agreement that Fannie and Freddy would cover them.

    Interesting how cause and effect are not looked at as two parts of the same whole, but instead as two separate items.

  20. Bullshit. What you posted was not the truth now read my link click on the links in the article and then come back and talk

  21. Now your cursing. No need for that. I have better things to do. But that is it right, shout down the opposition instead of learning something from them. Good day to you sir.

  22. The truth hurts. Would it be better if I said bovine excrement? I didn’t think you would know what that means

  23. All right-wing baloney. After the dot-com boom/bust, rich investors were demanding ever higher rates of return on their investments, which weren’t possible, the way that these investments were structured. Banks and investment companies put significant resources into lobbying congress, to remove the restrictions against banking and investment companies acting as essentially the same thing, by doing away with Glass-Steagle prohibitions against just such collusion. Rich investors were the prime movers of the boom and bust of the housing market, and anyone who claims differently is just ignorant or lying.

  24. Answer:

    Dumb voters, or better yet, MIA voters. Those are the ones responsible for electing (or coronating) the dumb politicians.

  25. Here in Maine voter turnout was much higher then the national average and Republicans swept the elections. I think it has more to do with democrats choosing better candidates to run. Higher turnout helps but is not always the best thing for democrats.

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