Congress' Approval Rating Hovers Near Historical Low

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Feb. 20 2013 11:23 AM

Congress' Approval Rating Climbs, Now on Pace To Match Worst-Ever Year

Gallup is out with its latest survey of Americans' attitudes toward their elected leaders. As you can see from the chart below, Congress' approval rating is still hovering in the teens, only a few ticks away from the all-time low of 10 percent registered this time last year (and matched again in August 2012):

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This month's approval rating is on par with last year's average of 15 percent, which was the lowest yearly average registered since Gallup began asking the question way back in 1974. Lawmakers' general approval rating has fallen about two points a year since 2010, when it stood at 19 percent. Full polling results here.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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