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Congress Approval Hits Four-Year High — Do You Approve?

Americans see their Congress in a rosier light these days. Accordingly, Congress saw a 20-point increase in its approval rating over the last two months, a jump that surely has Democrats basking in the good news. Thirty-nine percent of Americans now approve of the way national lawmakers handle their jobs. Increased satisfaction among Democrats is largely responsible for the spike. So tell me — do you approve or disapprove of Congress? Be sure to tell me why in the comments!


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oneye oneye 7 years
Here's a breakdown of the top 20 earmarking senators and the value of their solo earmarks: Just incase you want to write you're representative. I know I did. 1) Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. -- $122,804,900 2) Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. -- $114,484,250 3) Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. -- $85,691,491 4) Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. -- $76,899,425 5) Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. -- $75,908,475 6) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska -- $74,000,750 7) Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa -- $66,860,000 8) Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. -- $53,133,500 9) Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. -- $51,186,000 10) Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii -- $46,380,205 11) Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. -- $39,228,250 12) Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. -- $36,547,100 13) Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt. -- $36,161,125 14) Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. -- $35,577,250 15) Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. -- $27,169,750 16) Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. -- $26,628,613 17) Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. -- $25,320,000 18) Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis. -- $23,832,000 19) Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. -- $21,952,250 20) Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. -- $19,588,625
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
What is beyond laughable, While the MSM was quick to point out that Rush Limbaugh has a 19% approval rating, Nancy Peloisi only has an 18% approval rating. Which poll number is most news worthy, a radio commentator, or sitting Speaker of the House?
melizzle melizzle 7 years
I think the options should have read FAIL or WIN.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I agree with haus. It's interesting, because I've seen several polls in which the majority of people disagree with the bailout, but Congress' approval rating is still rising. (Although, I guess the majority does still disapprove, so maybe it does still kind of make sense.)
Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 7 years
Nancy Pelosi scares me
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
I think the world leaders have been sending notes to the administration that his negativism is crushing a recovery world wide.
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
i think its kinda funny that the obamabots are the ones with the sudden burst of optimism seeing as pelosi and company will be obamas biggest downfall
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
flutter I was wondering that too. i think this rise is just on the coattails of the rise in the president's approval rating. people are just more optimistic i guess.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Their rating couldn't get much lower. It had to go up eventually. It won't last long.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
change you can believe in, for sure
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
im sorry but i have no idea what congress is doing any different, can someone please enlighten me?
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
The problem is the notion that Congress is there "fighting for us" Jillness. In every state I've lived in, come election time you can see folks running for Congress, Senate especially preaching about how they are going to "fight for us" and "put first". This is crap. Senators are there to serve and progress the union, not look out for their state. Voters have grown to have a sense of entitlement, and it's a game of "how much can they do for our state in Washington". The house of Reps is apportioned according to population, and states' needs should be addressed there. Here's the top 10 earmarkers, ALL Senators. 1. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.: $474 million 2. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.: $391 million 3. Mary Landrieu, D-La.: $332 million 4. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa: $292 million 5. David Vitter, R-La.: $249 million 6. Christopher Bond, R-Mo.: $248 million 7. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.: $235 million 8. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii: $225 million 9. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.: $219 million 10. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa: $199 million Currently, the congressional Republicans are turned upside down. The House Republicans are holding the line on spending, and the Senators are bringing on the earmarks. Democrats in both houses spend spend spend, but we expect that.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
To reiterate, cutting ear marks in no way cuts spending.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
I agree Jillness. Personally, I'm a huge fan of earmarks. It's the responsibility of congress to earmark money so that it has transparency. If they don't ear mark it and spend it in congress, the money is spent with no transparency. Look at the TARP funds, no ear marks, no transparency, no idea where the money went. They need to be talking about voting against the appropriation bills. Not the earmarks.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I think it is a hard question to answer because "Congress" is so many, many people. I think the dems are making progress, but I wish Pelosi would learn how to present her ideas in a better way. I also think some of the Republicans, not all, are suggesting completely absurd things like having a Federal spending freeze. I try to not to judge all Republicans based on what Boehner says, because I know he doesn't speak for everyone, but that is one heck of a bad idea and I am surprised more congressional Republicans haven't spoken up in disagreement. I think the earmark debate needs to come down to reality. I think that there is a lot of wasteful spending that comes in the form of earmarks, but there is a lot of good spending that are in earmarks as well. I think it makes a mockery of our entire system when Republicans bash earmarks, when many of those same representatives put earmarks in themselves! I think it shows how false their argument is.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
I don't think the poll is valid until Minnesota determines which clown to send to Washington: the pro-gun, pro-life w/everything else liberal Norm Coleman, or the really bad comedian Al Franken. Whoever wins, we in MN all lose.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Right now congressional democrats are paying the republicans back. Once they stop playing partisan politics, and get back to the business of running and helping the country, I'll be happy.
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liliblu liliblu 7 years
The issues I care about are finally being addressed. I'm not jumping for joy but we seem to be headed in the right direction.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I approve, not totally of course, but for the most part.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
19 to 39, huh? Still an F.
stephley stephley 7 years
I don't think there's cause to celebrate, but it does at least look like things are getting done and voters will feel some benefit.
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