A new Gallup poll finds the approval rating for Congress continuing to slide (now at 29%, lower than the President’s dismal rating of 33%) since the beginning of the year.
Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve of Congress, down slightly from last month’s reading (33%) and this year’s high point of 37%, while Bush’s approval rating is holding steady at 33%.
According to the May 10-13, 2007, Gallup Poll, 29% of Americans approve and 64% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional approval is down 4 percentage points since last month, and is 3 points lower than the 32% average measured during the first five months of the year. The high point for the congressional approval rating so far this year was the 37% approval measured in February.
Even though Democrats now control both houses of Congress, the poll shows that only 37% of Democrats approve of the job Congress is doing right now. These marks are, however, significantly better than those given to Congress by independents (24%) and Republicans (25%). Democrats have been more likely than Republicans to approve of Congress this year, whereas Republicans expressed a higher level of approval prior to the change of power experienced after the midterm congressional elections in November 2006.
There has been little meaningful change in the public’s rating of the president in quite some time. Thirty-three percent of Americans now approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president, while 62% disapprove.
Guys, clean up your act. Democrats promised to fix Iraq, run the most ethical Congress in history, and so on. They failed on all counts (and in only a few months). Perhaps the sinking approval ratings are from all the political bickering, ethical lapses, and lack of results on anything they campaigned on.
Like we said way back in December:
If Speaker Pelosi shows fiscal restraint, and leashes (at least a little) her uber-leftist views, the Democrats could have a long run in control of Congress. But if she follows the traditional tax-and-spend (and spend and tax some more) model Oregon is returning to, don’t plan on decorating much, Madam Speaker — you won’t need the office long. Voters put you in the speaker’s chair, they’ll remove you just as fast.
Voters wanted change, but got more of the same; we hope Madam Speaker hasn’t put much effort in redecorating.