New Low: Only 6% of Americans Approve of Congress

The disapproval crosses partisan lines.

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The American people like car salespeople better than Congress. A new Economist/ poll shows that six percent of people approve of Congress.

As the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard notes, a December 2012 Gallup poll compared what people thought of Congress to what they thought of other occupations. The answers were that 8 percent of people approved car salespersons, while 10 percent approved of Congress.

52 percent of people dislike Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  54 percent dislike his Republican counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to the Economist/YouGov poll.

The disapproval crosses partisan lines.  A do-nothing Congress is not winning over the American people.


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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