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Congressional Approval ratings have fallen into the single digits for the first time since Rasmussen began tracking America’s perception of congress. Only 9% say congress is doing a good or excellent Job, 72% say that all Congress cares about is furthering their careers. This is a real tribute to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. The full results are below:


Congressional Performance

The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category. Last month, 11% of voters gave the legislature good or excellent ratings. Congress has not received higher than a 15% approval rating since the beginning of 2008. The percentage of Democrats who give Congress positive ratings fell from 17% last month to 13% this month. The number of Democrats who give Congress a poor rating remained unchanged. Among Republicans, 8% give Congress good or excellent ratings, up just a point from last month. Sixty-five percent (65%) of GOP voters say Congress is doing a poor job, down a single point from last month. Voters not affiliated with either party are the most critical of Congressional performance. Just 3% of those voters give Congress positive ratings, down from 6% last month. Sixty-three percent (63%) believe Congress is doing a poor job, up from 57% last month. Just 12% of voters think Congress has passed any legislation to improve life in this country over the past six months. That number has ranged from 11% to 13% throughout 2008. The majority of voters (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation to improve life in America. Voters hold little positive sentiment about the future. Just 41% find it at least somewhat likely that Congress will address important problems facing our nation in the near future, while 55% find this unlikely. Despite these negative attitudes towards Congress, Democrats continue to enjoy a double digit lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot. Most voters (72%) think most members of Congress are more interested in furthering their own political careers.

1* Okay, how do you rate the way that Congress is doing its job? 2% Excellent 7% Good 36% Fair 52% Poor 2% Not sure 2* Over the past year, has Congress passed any legislation that will significantly improve life in America? 12% Yes 62% No 26% Not sure 3* Over the next year, how likely is it that Congress will seriously address the most important problems facing our nation? 9% Very likely 32% Somewhat likely 39% Not very likely 16% Not likely at all 4% Not sure 4* Are most members of Congress sincerely interested in helping people or are they just interested in their own careers? 14% Helping people 72% Their own careers 14% Not sure NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

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