Public Disapproval of Congress Hits New High

Public Disapproval of Congress Hits New High

A New York Times/CBS News poll found that public disapproval of Congress hit a new high — 82 percent of those polled disapprove of how Congress is handling its job, the highest number since the newspaper began asking the question in 1977.

The poll was taken on Tuesday and Wednesday with 960 adults and has a three percent margin of error.

Both parties in Congress received high disapproval ratings for how they dealt with the debt ceiling issue, though it was higher for Republicans: 72 percent disapproved of Republicans and 66 percent disapproved of Democrats. As for President Obama, 47 percent disapproved of how he handled the debt ceiling negotiations and 46 percent approved. More than four out of five believe that the debate was more about gaining political advantage than doing what is right for the country.

Eighty-four percent are either angry or dissatiffied but not angry with how things are going in Washington overall.

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