Gallup: Congressional Approval Not-So-Good

Man, Congress just cannot catch a break:
Congress' approval rose slightly in January and February as the new 112th Congress took office, before dropping back in March. This is a typical pattern, which was also evident after a new party took control of the House in 1995 and 2007. In both of those years, congressional approval rose in the initial months of the new Congress, and then settled back down, as it has this year.

Americans perceive the current Congress much more negatively than they have perceived any other Congress in the April after a House election since 1995 (Gallup did not have complete April trends in years before that). The next-lowest rating was 30% in April 1997.


Americans' views of Congress have generally been low in recent years, averaging 20% this year and 19% last year, compared with the historical average of 34%. The highest congressional approval rating since Gallup began measuring approval systematically in 1974 was 84% in October 2001, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Congressional approval has been below the 50% level since July 2003.
And here's a breakdown by party:

Just a hunch, but my guess is that no matter what Congress does, there will never be sky-high approval ratings (save for post-disaster, like after 9/11).

To get even close to a 50% approval rating for a country that is so divided along partisan lines is something of an accomplishment.

Still, to be continuously rebuffed by the American people (or at least a small fraction of them who purport to represent the nation as a whole) on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly basis cannot feel good...