A new Gallup survey pegs the approval rate for Congress at 10%, which ties the all-time low.
The disapproval of Congress cuts across party lines. Democrats have a 9% approval rating of Congress while independents are at 11% and Republicans are at 10%
It is difficult to pinpoint precise causes for these extraordinarily negative views, although the continuing poor economy is certainly a major factor. The fact that control of Congress is now divided, with a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate, may provide an opportunity for Americans of all political persuasions to dislike some aspect of Congress. With Congress divided, however, it is difficult to assess what impact its low ratings will have on the November elections, now less than three months away.