Congress Approval at 18%, Stuck in Long-Term Low Streak

Eighteen percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, down slightly from 21% shortly before the election. But approval is still improved over the record-low 10% readings Gallup recorded earlier in 2012, as recently as August.

More broadly, public approval of Congress has not reached 25% since December 2009, and has typically been below 20%, averaging 17% since January 2010. That compares with an average 34% approval rating for Congress across Gallup’s full trend, starting in 1974. [cont.]

Lydia Saad, Gallup