Poll: Congress' approval rating just 16 percent
83 percent of those questioned disapprove of the legislature
According to a new national poll, just 16 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, with 83 percent of those questioned in a CNN/ORC International survey saying they disapprove. The poll was released Tuesday.
The approval rating for Congress has hovered between 11 percent and 17 percent in CNN polling over the past two years. And the new numbers are in the same ballpark as surveys conducted the past few months from other organizations.
Control of Congress is split, with Democrats holding a majority in the Senate and Republicans the dominant party in the House of Representatives.
"Conservatives, at 21 percent, are slightly more likely to approve of Congress than liberals and moderates, among whom approval of Congress is just 13 to 14 percent," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "If you dislike an activist government, as many conservatives do, you're probably more willing to accept the go-slow approach that this Congress has been following. But that doesn't make the current Congress popular among conservatives -- eight in ten conservatives also disapprove of what's been happening on Capitol Hill this year."
The approval rating for Congress is much lower than that of the president. According to a CNN poll released Monday, 45 percent of Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in office.
The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International June 11-13, with 1,014 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
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