Public disapproval of Congress at all-time high

Demonstrators outside the Capitol (Reuters)Disapproval of Congress rose to an all-time high after weeks of rancorous partisan battles over raising the U.S. debt ceiling took the country to the brink of default, according a New York Times/CBS News public opinion poll published on Thursday.

A record 82 percent of Americans now say they disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, compared with 14 percent who approve, the poll found.

The disapproval rating for Congress was the highest in the 34 years the question has been asked in the poll and up from the previous high of 77 percent set in May 2010.

Congress approved a $2.1 trillion deficit-cutting plan just before an Aug 2. deadline for raising the U.S. borrowing authority. The deal to lift the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling was signed into law with just hours to spare before the government was due to run out of money to pay all its bills.

Seventy-two percent of the poll respondents disapproved of the way Republicans in Congress handled the debt ceiling negotiations, while 60 percent disapproved of the way Congressional Democrats acted to resolve the crisis.

Half of those polled said the debt ceiling agreement should have included increased tax revenue, which Republicans fought, as well as spending cuts. Forty-four percent said the agreement should have relied on spending cuts alone.

An overwhelming majority, 82 percent, said the debt ceiling fight was more about gaining political advantage than doing what is best for the country.

More than half said they think Republicans compromised too little while 34 percent said President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress did not compromise enough.

The responders were more evenly divided over how Obama handled the negotiations, with 47 percent disapproving and 46 expressing approval. Obama’s overall job approval rating remained steady at 48 percent.

The nationwide telephone poll of 960 adults was conducted August 2 and 3 among 960 adults throughout the United States and has a sampling error or plus or minus three percentage points (http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/Aug11a-all.pdf?tag=contentMain;contentBody).

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6 Responses to "Public disapproval of Congress at all-time high"

  1. Sandune  August 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Well, let’s throw the bastards out!

    • DaveM  August 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Throw them out and replace them with what? More of the same crooks lining up to take the current lot’s place, it would seem. You will need to start over from scratch, if that is possible, and keep money interests out. ( I doubt that is even possible.)

  2. griff  August 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    But that won’t stop us from electing the next one.

  3. woody188  August 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I want to know how they managed to get 14% to approve!

    They say if at least 30% support you, you stay in office. Sounds like everyone pretty much hates both parties of Congress. Here’s a suggestion. Vote for a third party next time around. It’s not like they could possibly do any worse than the Republicans and Democrats. A curse on both their houses!

  4. Sandune  August 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I’m with you Woody.

  5. Carl Nemo  August 6, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Their disapproval is seemingly high, but they don’t seem to get the fact that it’s all too late to turnabout the USS America from an encounter with terminal financial icebergs.

    These rallies and those to come will pale in comparison to the “fact” that soon all citizens will realize they’ve been conned and ripped off by their criminally disposed government. There’s no money folks!….we’re tapped out; I.E., bust, except those that might own some silver or gold along with provisions to tide them over for a bit.

    Carl Nemo **==

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