Poll: Americans Unhappy With Congress
August 5, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Just 14 percent of Americans approve of how Congress handled the debt-ceiling crisis, a New York Times/CBS News poll indicates.
Eighty-two percent disapproved of Congress’ performance in the survey released Friday.
The debt-battle brought the United States within hours of defaulting on its obligations for the first time.
Seventy-four percent of those polled said members of Congress don’t deserve to be re-elected.
Forty-seven percent of respondents disapproved of how President Barack Obama is doing his job and 46 percent voiced satisfaction.
Republicans fared worse than Democrats in the poll. Seventy-two percent of respondents disapproved of how Republicans handled the debt crisis; 66 percent disapproved of the Democrats’ performance.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had his popularity decline in the poll. Fifty-seven percent of respondents disapproved of how Boehner is doing his job in contrast to 41 percent in mid-April.
The telephone poll was conducted Aug. 2-3 with 960 adults across the United States. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.