Gallup: Congress' Approval Rating Noticeably Jumps

Wow. So much for the Republicans trying to blow up, then run against, Congress. Per the latest Gallup polling, the approval rating of Congress as a whole has shot up to 31 percent. Don't think that's much of an achievement? Consider first that in January Congress' approval rating was just 19 percent, so it has grown by more than three-fifths in just a month. Consider also that this is the second highest mark earned by Congress in three years.

There's still room to grow, and the public won't likely come close to voicing more approval than disapproval of Congress until Congress gets done more of what it needs to get done (enacting universal healthcare would go a long way, for instance). Still, this is a pretty remarkable move for Congress' approval rating, one that should change some opinions inside the Beltway (though I'm not holding my breath).

Tags: 111th Congress, Congressional Democrats (all tags)

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Re: Gallup: Congress' Approval Rating

It's good to bear in mind that "Congress" is a collective term that includes the Republicans.  Are there data in this poll that distinguish between the Congressional Democrats and the prehominid opposition?

by dricey 2009-02-17 08:37AM | 0 recs
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by dricey 2009-02-17 08:38AM | 0 recs
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I am surprised you didn't mention the partisan breakdown, which can be found at the link.

Democrats' approval of Congress jumped from 18% to 43% between January and February.

Independents went from 17% to 29%.

Republican approval fell from 23% to 19%.

This strikes me as very significant data.

by Steve M 2009-02-17 09:09AM | 0 recs
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Duh. You're right. The partisan breakdown is the biggest story from this poll; don't know why it was left out.

by royce 2009-02-17 10:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Gallup: Congress' Approval Rating

 How are those numbers for proof positive how Republicans have hurt themselves tremendously during the stimulus battle?  The Democratic jump is also very significant.  It is crystal clear that those in the media and on blogs claiming that Republicans handled themselves well, scored major points and deserve admiration for "sticking together" don't know what they are talking about.  

While the entire stimulus saga has helped Obama and Democrats in public opinion it has caused a major drop of approval for the Republicans based on massive disapproval and downright anger from the public at Republican obstructionism in the face of an obvious good-faith effort by Obama to work with them.  That impression of Republicans as sore election losers willing to endanger the well-being of the country and all of us to score cheap, short sighted political points is bound to last, given the signifance and scope of the issue just completed and evaluated.

If it continues on this track, which is likely, people will become more and more exasperated with Republicans, as they try to block a popular universal health care program and other popular measures aimed squarely at bettering the lives of the vast middle and below.  

All we need then is some sort of uptick in the economy over the next 2 1/2 years, even if ever so slight, and it should put the final nail in the coffin of Republican governance for quite some time.  

by devilrays 2009-02-17 12:38PM | 0 recs
They looked like they were at least trying.....

So, I would also like to see a breakdown, Dems to Repubs....

I suspect even the hideous right-wing base has upticked their side a bit?  Though, you have to be pretty gullible to believe SUDDENLY they are all deficit hawks, after gorging at the troff for all of the Bush years...

But, I surely hope the dems have gotten more of an uptick compared to the party of "screw you, you're on your own" freemarket cronies...

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-17 09:12AM | 0 recs
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See above in SteveM's comment.  Republicans lost even further ground while Democrats upticked enormously.  

by devilrays 2009-02-17 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Gallup: Congress' Approval Rating

Rasmussen tries to spoil the party by saying that dems are only up two in the generic congressional ballot among "likely voters".  How's that cherry picking coming along, Scott?

by LordMike 2009-02-17 10:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Gallup: Congress' Approval Rating

Rasmussen is push polling.  Have you ever noticed how Republicans cant get about 40% in his polls?

by Kent 2009-02-17 10:38AM | 0 recs
Up 2

well that's good, they were tied last week.

by DTOzone 2009-02-17 11:51AM | 0 recs

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