Just 12 percent of Americans approve of how Congress is doing its job, matching the all-time record low, according to a new poll Friday.
The overwhelming dissatisfaction with Congress last hit its rock bottom of 12 percent approval in October 2008, the CBS News/New York Times poll shows.
And members better watch out for their jobs come 2012. Only six percent of voters say members deserve re-election — the lowest percentage ever in the past 20 years, dropping even below the nine percent who thought that before the 2010 midterm elections.
Almost six in 10 voters told the pollsters they didn’t even think their own representative should be re-elected. Typically, Americans poll more positively when asked about their own member, but CBS wrote that the percentage wanting to vote their representative out nears the highest it has ever surveyed.
The disapproval of Congress cuts across party lines, but more Americans are unhappy with Republicans in Congress than Democrats. Among those polled, 72 percent say they are displeased with Republicans’ performance, while 63 percent say Democrats are doing a bad job.
The CBS News/New York Times poll was conducted Sept. 10-15 and surveyed 1,452 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.
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