Americans hold Congress in far less esteem than they do the president — 16% approve and 80% disapprove of the job Congress is doing, according to the latest update from a March 4-7 Gallup poll. That is just two points off the record-low 14% Gallup measured in July 2008. Gallup has been measuring congressional approval since 1974.
Lowest since July 2008? Now, let’s see, who had the congressional majority back in 2008? Oh yes, the same folks who have it now. So, that means, that under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Congress has twice reached the nadir of its approval, lower than it was in 1974 when the American people threw out record numbers of Republicans, lower than in 1994, when the American people threw out the Democrats.
Now, we know that given the then-Republican president’s low ratings in 2008, many people, like 57% of Obama voters, weren’t then aware that Democrats controlled Congress. Now, they are.
You know, I don’t think Mrs. Pelosi will find herself any more popular (except among her far-left base) if she manages to ram health care through the house.
*Since Nancy Pelosi’s first term as Speaker.