Most Americans Are Frustrated with Government; Approval of Congress Hits Bottom

Wednesday, October 02, 2013
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If there’s one thing that Americans can agree on politically, it’s contempt for the federal government.


One poll conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that 51% of respondents are frustrated with Washington, while 26% are “angry” with the federal government.


Anger is particularly strong on the right, with 41% of conservative Republicans and 50% of Tea Party supporters saying “angry” best describes them when thinking about their government.


Another survey, conducted by CNN and ORC International, shows Congress’ approval rating is now down to just 10%. It was at 20% at the beginning of September.


President Barack Obama has managed to keep his numbers from falling further, according to CNN/ORC. His approval/disapproval ratings are at 44%/53%, which is virtually the same as they were in the last poll (45%/52%).


Americans also disapprove of the Democratic and Republican parties. The Dems’ approval rating stands at 43%, while the GOP’s is 32%.


The Tea Party is also not well liked, with only a 31% approval rating.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Congress, Tea Party Hit All-Time Low in CNN Polling (by Paul Steinhauser, CNN)

CNN/ORC Poll (ORC International) (pdf)

More Than 1/4 of Americans Really Don't Like Their Government Right Now (by Brian Resnick, National Journal)

Anger at Government Most Pronounced among Conservative Republicans (Pew Research Center for the People and the Press)

Only 28% of Americans Hold Favorable View of the Federal Government (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)          

Congress Less Popular than Cockroaches, Root Canals and Used Car Salesmen (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov) 


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