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How Congress Managed to Be Even Less Popular Than Biden

The Democrat-controlled Congress’ approval rating has crashed to a new low — with the lawmakers losing half the public support they had a year ago.

SO WHAT

And you thought President Joe Biden was unpopular.

THE NUMBERS

A Gallup survey released last week found that Americans’ support for the job Congress has been doing fell by five percentage points since December, to 18%.

The latest decline “is largely attributed to a 10-point decline among Democrats whose frustration appears to be mounting with their party’s senators and representatives who hold majorities in both houses of Congress,” wrote Gallup’s Megan Brenan.

  • This Congress, with narrow Democratic majorities in both chambers, peaked in popularity last March, when 36% of Americans approved of it, per Gallup.
  • The legislature’s approval rating would have to be halved again to hit the all-time low of 9% recorded by Gallup in November 2013, following a major government shutdown.

MEANWHILE

Biden’s approval rating has slid to 40%, according to the latest Gallup poll.

  • “In the two months since signing the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law, President Biden has by almost every measure bombed big time on the things that matter most,” Axios co-founders Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei wrote earlier this month.
  • “Biden … has never been less popular nationally, after personally lobbying his party and the public on Build Back Better and voting rights — and failing.”

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