(Gallup) Congress’ job approval falls to 13%, lowest point since 2017

Amid a prolonged search for a new House speaker that paralyzed the House of Representatives for three weeks while two U.S. allies are engaged in wars, Americans’ approval of Congress’ job performance fell from 17% to 13%.

This is the lowest approval rating of Congress since October and November 2017, when it was also 13%, and is just four percentage points above the all-time low from November 2013.

Gallup has measured Americans’ opinions of the job Congress is doing since 1974, including monthly updates since 2001.

Congress’ approval rating has mostly been in the teens and 20s since 2010. It has averaged 30% historically.

The U.S. House of Representatives ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Oct. 3 after eight Republican members led a revolt against him.

The action came in response to McCarthy negotiating a bipartisan bill to fund the government through mid-November to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the 2023 fiscal year.

The eight members objected to McCarthy relying on Democratic votes for passage of the spending bill, in addition to other grievances they had with him.

On Wednesday, after the Oct. 2-23 survey was complete, Republicans elected Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson as speaker following failed bids by three other Republican House members to replace McCarthy.

Now that Republicans have installed Johnson as speaker, the House can resume its business, but it faces a quick deadline to fund the government before the continuing resolution expires on Nov. 17.

The survey also finds Americans unhappy with President Joe Biden’s performance, with his 37% job approval rating tying a personal low for him.

Frustration with government leaders is apparent in Americans’ naming government as the most important problem facing the country, with 19% mentioning that issue.

Fourteen percent name the economy and, separately, inflation, while 13% believe immigration is the top policy concern at the moment. (Continued…)

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5 thoughts on “(Gallup) Congress’ job approval falls to 13%, lowest point since 2017”

  1. “Congress’ job approval falls to 13%” — Gotta wonder who the 13% are who don’t think Congress sucks the big one.

  2. Congress has not been representing the majority of Americans for quite a long time. The last 10 years it has risen to levels that simply cannot be ignored, and cannot be buried by the media or by activist distractions.
    If the American people really knew just how badly we are being screwed by these politicians, and by the unelected bureaucrats they have appointed, there would be a real insurrection that would make January 6th look like a Lego convention.
    There will be a time when everyone will know it’s too late to reverse the effects of the Progressive leftist agenda, for which Republicans/Conservatives have had no answer and put up weak resistance.

  3. I would love to see if there is any improvement with Mike Johnson becoming Speaker.
    IMO this was a huge improvement over McCarthy with his backroom dealing & backstabbing!
    Time will tell but the initial perception is that Mike Johnson will make a great Speaker and, IMO a future POTUS. Of course he will have to manage the weasels in the GOP.

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