Congressional ineptitude?

compiled & edited by Daniel Hagadorn

SOURCE: Despair, Inc.

If your approval rating was this low at your job…would you still have one? Congress does.

Gallup Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 19.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 30.1%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 19.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 26.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 25.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 35.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2004 = 41.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2003 = 47.1%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2002 = 54.2%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2001 = 56.2%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2000 = 48.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1999 = 42.2%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 47.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1997 = 36.2%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1996 = 34%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1995 = 30%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1994 = 23%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1993 = 24%

Rasmussen: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 23%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 11.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 18%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1992 = 18%

Quinnipiac University Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 20%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 15.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 25.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 25%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 28.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2004 = 37%

Reuters/Zogby Poll: “Overall, how would you rate Congress’ performance on the job–excellent, good, fair, poor, unsure?”

  • Average congressional approval rating (Excellent) for 2008 = 1.2%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Good) for 2008 = 10.9%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Fair) for 2008 = 42.1%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Excellent) for 2007 = 1%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Good) for 2007 = 11.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Fair) for 2007 = 43.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Excellent) for 2006 = 1.7%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Good) for 2006 = 19%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Fair) for 2006 = 46.9%

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 21%

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 20.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 32.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 19.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 28.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 27.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 33%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2004 = 38%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2003 = 33%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1999 = 41.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 49.5%

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job your own representative is doing in the U.S. House of Representatives?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 30.3%

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 27%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 31%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 22.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 28%

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation: “Do you approve or disapprove of how the U.S. Senate is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 25%

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation: “Do you approve or disapprove of how the U.S. House of Representatives is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 34%

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Harris Interactive: “In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job that the U.S. Congress is doing?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2001 = 75%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1999 = 43%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 55.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1997 = 43%

ABC News/Washington Post Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress is handling his or her job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 69%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 59.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 62%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2002 = 66%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 72%

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll: “In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job that Congress is doing?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 19%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 25.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 15.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 24.1%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 24%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 31.9%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2004 = 41.7%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2003 = 41.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2002 = 43.7%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2001 = 48%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2000 = 46.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1999 = 43.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 51.1%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1997 = 43.1%

CBS News/New York Times Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 17%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 26.2%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 15.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 28.9%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 27.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 34.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2004 = 42.7%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2003 = 36%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2002 = 45.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2001 = 49.9%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2000 = 42.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1999 = 40.9%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 45.9%

Washington Post Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 25%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 28%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 36.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 36.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 39.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2003 = 48.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2002 = 55%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2001 = 50.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1999 = 45.2%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 49.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1997 = 38%

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 25%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 32%

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs: “In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job that the U.S. Congress is doing?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 32.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 33%

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job that your own member of Congress is doing?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 63%

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 17%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 29.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 31%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 45%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2002 = 53.7%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2001 = 69%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1999 = 44%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1998 = 53%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 1997 = 46%

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs: “Overall, do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way Congress is handling its job?” If mixed or unsure: “If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approve or disapprove?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 21%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 35%

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs: “Overall, do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way Congress is handling its job?” If mixed or unsure: “If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approve or disapprove?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 22.1%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 29.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 28.4%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 35.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2004 = 46%

Ipsos-Reid Express: “Overall, how would you rate the job Congress is doing? Would you say it is doing an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating (Excellent) for 2001 = 15%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Good) for 2001 = 43.7%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Only Fair) for 2001 = 33%

National Public Radio Poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies [R] and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research [D]: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 28%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 34.5%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 25%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 30%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 43%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2002 = 52%

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media: “Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.” If mixed or unsure: “If you had to choose, do you lean more toward approving or disapproving of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2010 = 27.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2009 = 32.9%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 22.7%

The Harris Poll: “How would you rate the overall job the Congress is doing–excellent/pretty good, only fair, or poor?”

  • Average congressional approval rating (Excellent/Pretty Good) for 2008 = 16.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Excellent/Pretty Good) for 2007 = 23.8%
  • Average congressional approval rating (Excellent/Pretty Good) for 2006 = 22.4%

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by Financial Dynamics: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 21%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2007 = 30.6%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 29.3%
  • Average congressional approval rating for 2005 = 35%

Research 2000 for news media clients: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2008 = 13%

Cook Political Report/RT Strategies Poll: “Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?” If mixed or unsure: “Well, do you lean more toward approve or disapprove when it comes to the performance of Congress?”

  • Average congressional approval rating for 2006 = 28.7%

SOURCE: PollingReport.com, accessed 15 May 2010.

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