New Poll: Congressional Approval at All-Time Low


When Idaho's congressional delegation returns to the nation's capital after Labor Day, they'll be facing all-time voter disapproval.

In a new poll, conducted last week by Associated Press-GfK, approval of Congress has dropped to its lowest level in the history of the poll-only 12 percent. That's down from a previous low of 21 percent in June, just before the debt-ceiling squabbling reached fever pitch.

Voters taking part in the poll weren't particularly partisan. Democrats and Republicans tied when respondents were asked which party they trust more to handle the federal budget deficit. Nearly a third of voters calling themselves independents said they trusted neither party. The poll also found that more people were down on their own member of Congress, not just the institution, an unusual finding in surveys.

In another poll by AP-GfK, President Barack Obama doesn't fare well, either, with 52 percent of those polled expressing disaproval of the president's job and 46 percent approving. When asked if he should keep his job, 48 percent said Obama should be voted out of office while 47 percent said he should be re-elected.