Gallup: Congress' Approval Rating Noticeably Jumps
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 08:18:11 AM EST
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).