Historically Low Ratings
No, not Bush’s. This group would love to have the same ratings as Dubya. In most cases, based on who you talk to, only 1/3rd of the number of people who approve of what Bush is doing think Congress is any good.
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.
For comparison, most other polls give Bush +/- 30%. Hating polls as I do, I would only bring this up to counter those who use them as a bludgeon for Bush and his policies. If popular opinion is your bellwether for whether a course of action should be taken, the Democratic Congress has less of a mandate than the President.
Now, we can debate as to what the poll means, and that can have as many explanations as people polled. But if you want to claim that Bush is doing a poor job, you must also say that it could be worse; we could have Congress in charge.
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