Congressional Job Approval Hits Another New Low

The new Economist/YouGov poll puts Congressional Job Approval at just 6%

What Americans are sure about is how they feel about Congress in general.  They don’t like it, and haven’t liked it for a while.  But Congress’s approval rating in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll matches its all-time low.  Just 6% approve of the way Congress is handling its job.  72% disapprove

Only 10% of Democrats, 7% of Republicans, and 3% of independents approve of Congress.

One assumes this 6% consists primarily of family members and lobbyists.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. superdestroyer says:

    When the main point of government is entitlements, how pays for them, and how receives them, most people are going to be disappointed with their elected leaders. Image how mad people would be if they actually had to pay the taxes that the government requries instead of getting the short term benefits of deficit spending.

  2. Gomer says:

    @superdestroyer: you must be talking about bank bailouts here, because entitlements are called entitlements because people are entitled to them. They paid for them through social security taxes, but there have been no tax increases to pay for wars since before LBJ. Maybe that’s the welfare you are actually referring, to the armament industry.

  3. SKI says:

    Back in August, I was at a meeting with Steny Hoyer and Ben Cardin, Steny commented that the then-7% who approved were fools. Congress is too dysfunctional and partisan to do its job.

  4. edmondo says:

    This might be more useful information if people were asked about their own Congressperson rather than the group as a whole. As it stands, the data is useless as a predictor of anything.