Congress' Job Approval Rating Worst in Gallup History

Americans' assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. The 83% disapproval rating is also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance. Full Story »

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Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Dec. 16, 2010

As usual, I'm pleasantly surprised by the writing, depth of analysis, and helpful context in this Gallup article. I never consider polls scientific, but major outliers in Gallup results are at least worth noting.

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Michael Shaver
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by Michael Shaver - Dec. 16, 2010

"Gallup" as in the latest Gallup poll reveals and synonymous with studies in human nature and behavior has revealed that our current approval rating of Congress is at 13%, lower than any other time in history. Truthfully I find polling data to be as exciting as watching grass grow however what is interesting is reading their own analysis of their poll. There is something very unique in reading this, at least for me, it's an example of good journalism but it is also an important tool in providing good journalism. One of the frequent complaints leveled at the mainstream media is their never-ending search for a sound bite and their disregard for context, obviously these are principles that also apply to polling data.

A story or article that leads with Congressional approval rating at an all-time low of 13% has the urgency and originality of a weather report. What is important is the way the data is used and the way it's interpreted. This particular Gallup poll has Republican approval rating at 7%, the independent at 13%, and the Democrat at 16%. What is interesting to note is that this particular poll was taken after the midterm elections and this seems to contradict one parties claim that the ... More »

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Sirajul Islam
3.9
by Sirajul Islam - Dec. 15, 2010

A good job done by Gallup, highly data driven, analytical, and nicely presented. It was really interesting to read this Gallup's analysis that 'despite the historic lows, the prospects for a recovery in Congress' approval ratings in the short term appear good, based on what Gallup has measured in the past when control of Congress changed hands.'

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Dec. 15, 2010

A well deserved honor!

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