Congressional approval has hit its record low for 2015, with just 11 percent of those surveyed giving the legislative branch a positive rating, a new Gallup poll shows.
Republicans were more likely to disapprove than their counterparts across the aisle.
Ninety-two percent of Republicans gave the legislative branch a negative rating, 3 percent higher than Democrats and 5 percent high than independents. The polling organization attributed the slip in numbers to frustration over party leadership and a lack of achieving several key legislative goals.
“Republicans’ more negative evaluation of Congress is a recent development,” the survey reads. “In the first poll Gallup conducted entirely after the GOP assumed control of the Senate earlier this year, Republicans (27 percent) were significantly more likely than Democrats (17 percent) and independents (18 percent) to approve of Congress, consistent with the historical pattern.”
Congress has historically received poor ratings, but the latest poll, released Wednesday, shows they are inching toward its all-time low, 9 percent, which it received in 2013 shortly after a government shutdown.
“To put Republicans’ unhappiness with Congress in perspective, their 8 percent approval rating of the GOP-led Congress is essentially the same as the 9 percent approval rating they gave the Democratic-led Congress at the time of the 2010 midterm elections,” Gallup said.
The findings do not align with the patterns seen in previous polls, which typically show higher ratings for the party who holds power of both chambers.
The results were based on phone interviews of a random sampling of 1,025 people across the country over the age of 18 from Nov. 4-8 and leaves a margin of error of plus of minus four.
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