Democrat Controlled Congress Remains Unpopular

“But it worked in San Francisco!
The rest of America is just too stupid.
Maybe if I explained to them how stupid
they are, our ratings will go up.”

a) Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congress is doing?

Aug. 2008 Oct. 2007 Jun. 2007
Approve 20% 21% 19%
Disapprove 73% 68% 69%
Unsure 7% 11% 13%

Source: Opinion Dynamics / Fox News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 900 registered American voters, conducted on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent. b) How would you rate the overall job the Congress is doing—excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?

Aug. 2008 Jun. 2008 Apr. 2008
Positive 18% 13% 17%
Negative 77% 83% 77%

Source: Harris Interactive
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,015 American adults, conducted from Aug. 6 to Aug. 10, 2008. No margin of error was provided. c) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Aug. 2008 Oct. 2007 Jun. 2007
Approve 17% 22% 27%
Disapprove 73% 69% 65%
Unsure 10% 9% 8%

Source: Bloomberg / Los Angeles Times
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,375 American adults, conducted from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent. d) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Aug. 2008 Jul. 2008 May 2008
Approve 16% 14% 16%
Disapprove 74% 77% 76%
Unsure 10% 9% 8%

Source: Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,547 likely American voters, conducted from Aug. 12 to Aug. 17, 2008. Margin of error is 2.5 per cent. e) Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Aug. 2008 Apr. 2008 Mar. 2008
Approve 16% 18% 23%
Disapprove 78% 75% 72%
Unsure 6% 8% 6%

Source: Financial Dynamics / Diageo/Hotline
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,022 registered American voters, conducted from Aug. 18 to Aug. 24, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.
Compiled by Angus-Reid Associates

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