Voter approval of Congress’ job performance has now fallen to a near five-year low.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only eight percent (8%) of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Fifty-two percent (52%) rate Congress’ performance as poor.
From January 2007 through December 2010, with Democrats in control of both the House and Senate, the legislature earned good or excellent marks ranging from nine percent (9%) to 26%, although generally their rankings were in the low teens for most of this period. This trend continued through the early months of this year after Republicans regained control of the House, but Congress’ positive ratings fell to nine percent (9%) in April and May.
Since January 2007, poor marks for Congress have ranged from a low of 35% in early February 2007 to a high of 71% in February of last year. Since then, until the GOP takeover of the House, those giving Congress poor grades have generally fallen in the high 50s and low 60s. This past February, however, just 42% felt that way, but Congress’ negatives have risen since then.