Congress approval at all-time low in new poll

Congress approval at all-time low in new poll

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Congress approval at all-time low in new poll

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 12:16 PM

A new NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll finds that only 12 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing and 83 percent disapprove – an all-time low for the survey.

Fifty percent of the 1,000 people polled disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing while 45 percent approve. That’s just one point away from the all-time low for Obama in this survey.

The survey also found that 57 percent of those polled say it’s time to vote out their current member of the U.S. House of Representatives in next year’s mid-term election.

If there was a place on their ballot to replace every single member of Congress, 57 percent said they would vote yes. But, the country is split 44 percent-to-44 percent on whether Congress should be run by Democrats or Republicans.

The margin of error is ±3.1 percent.

Other findings:

  • Americans are most frustrated by partisanship and the inability for Congress to get things done
  • Those polled think Republicans emphasize a partisan approach over unifying the country, 67 percent to 22 percent. But they feel the same way about the other party and the president. (Democrats: 55 percent to 34 percent;  Obama: 48 percent to 45 percent.)
  • Forty-seven percent think Pres. Obama’s health care plan is a bad idea while 34 percent think it’s a good idea.  Nineteen percent didn’t have an opinion or were not sure.
  • Fifty-one percent said Republicans should stop trying to block the health care law from going into effect while 45 percent said the GOP should continue its effort.
  • Seventeen percent are optimistic about the job Obama will do for the remainder of his term while 34 percent are pessimistic. Forty-nine percent are satisfied or uncertain.
  • Only 43 percent think Obama can be effective in the remainder of his term. In Sept. 1998, right after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, 58 percent thought President Bill Clinton could still be effective.
  • Forty-eight percent of those polled have a positive view of the president. That’s better than a number of other notable names including Pope Francis, Pres. George W. Bush, House Speaker John Boehner, NSA leaker Edward Snowden and George Zimmerman. However, 40 percent said they have a negative view of Obama. That’s also a higher number than the all the others.
  • Fifty-two percent believe race relations are very good or fairly good in the U.S. while 44 percent think it’s fairly or very bad.

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