Public Confidence In Congress Reaches New Lows

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Gallup has determined that American confidence in Congress is not only at the lowest level the polling agency has ever recorded, but is also at the lowest level for any institution on record for the confidence poll.

American confidence in their elected representatives in Washington has been trending downwardly since 1976. But at just 10 percent, fewer Americans trust Congress than ever before.

The polling agency ascribes public discontent with the ability of American lawmakers to get much done to the legislative logjam created by Democratic control in the Senate clashing with Republican control on the House.

From Gallup: “Americans’ confidence in Congress is not only at its lowest point on record, but also is the worst Gallup has ever found for any institution it has measured since 1973. This low level of confidence is in line with Americans’ low job approval of Congress, which has also been stuck below 30% for years.”

Here’s a look at how other public institutions did in the poll:

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  • vicki

    From the OP

    “The polling agency ascribes public discontent with the ability of
    American lawmakers to get much done to the legislative logjam created by
    Democratic control in the Senate clashing with Republican control on
    the House.”

    That is really sad. They are not upset at all the criminal behavior and failure to uphold their oaths of office. No. They are upset cause their representatives are not bringing home more and more bacon or not goring someone else’s ox.

    • Motov

      Vicki wrote

      “That is really sad. They are not upset at all the criminal behavior and failure to uphold their oaths of office. No. They are upset cause their representatives are not bringing home more and more bacon or not goring someone else’s ox.”

      Product of “pork barrel” politics,.. same animal,…Congress are nothing more than pigs!

  • foxxybey

    The Congress is run by left wing nut jobs and RINO’s who support them with their every vote, time to take the government back for those who are “We the People” and freedom loving men and women and wipe out the rest as Nazi pest.

  • edwinrankin

    seems the takeover is complete. congress doesn’t seem to care what the american people think.

  • Charlie

    Does Gallup poll have a scale that goes lower than Whale Manure in the Pacific Trench??? That’s where it’s been for a long time……………………………..

  • LindyMaeUSA

    Edwinrankin: “the takeover SEEMS? complete!” The takeover IS complete, and has been for at least a century or longer!”
    And “Congress doesn’t SEEM? to care what the American people think.”
    My dear fellow American, Congress HASN’T CARED what the American people think during the past 236-3/4 years! If they cared, they wouldn’t be screwing us as they have done, are now doing and will CONTINUE to do!
    “It is, what it is,” Edwin and THAT’S reality, so “get used to it” because America being screwed isn’t going away! :-(

  • Protonius

    This article says: “The polling agency ascribes public discontent with the ability of American lawmakers to get much done to the legislative logjam created by Democratic control in the Senate clashing with Republican control on the House.”

    I would be interested to know on what basis the polling agency comes to that particular conclusion. Were those who were surveyed asked WHY they chose to rate this Congress with such a low grade? Or is the above “explanation” nothing more than unsubstantiated speculation by the polling organization?

  • Jody

    SOCIAL SECURITY becomes FEDERAL BENEFIT CHECK !!!

    Have you noticed, the Social Security check is now referred to as a
    “Federal Benefit Payment”?

    It is certainly a good thing that we worked all those (50) years so we could donate our money to the government. I thought all this time I was paying into a mandatory retirement fund. Also paid into Medicare since it started…it was also mandatory. There was no opt out on paying in….I believe I could have invested it and come out way ahead of my entitlement benefit.

    This is a good thing to have a visit with the Congress about. If the great big Baby Boomer Generation…who still votes ….would have a visit with the congressmen in their own congressional district, both Dems and Republicans and tell them to fix it now, as we are holding them personally responsible and will vote and support a replacement for them vigorously.
    I am offended that they are acting like we are of no consequence while they are courting a whole new block of voters…illegal aliens and Dreamers. We still have a lot of clout and political capitol to spend. Don’t let them forget it.

    Maybe when all of the illegals come over and start on the road to citizenship, while
    sucking the benefits of our society….maybe we should invade Mexico in mass and turn it into a prosperous country, something like the one we remember as the good old days in America. We’re smart enough to do that. There’s plenty of
    talent, know how and life in the Boomers. Remember you are still entitled to
    your Social Security “Benefit” check until the system collapses sometime in the
    future.

    If the Mexican government doesn’t like it, that we have invaded their country…we can have the US Congress intervene into their politics and make speeches about how we have improved their country by doing jobs the Mexicans can’t or won’t do. Failing that we can protest march for our rights because we are in Mexico…like they do here.

    I promise, “I will always, no matter where I go, be loyal to my beloved country and will proudly hang my American flag above theirs, while declaring fervently about my love for my birth country.”

    Do you think this will work as well for us as it does for them in our
    country? It shows me that our politicians are scared of what is said about them…They seem to have written off the Baby Boomers as a voting block. Only we can change that perception…

    • Barbara Scott

      Benefit, suggest something that was given rather than earned. Show me how paying social security and Medicare has been a benefit to the tax payer greater than it has been to the federal government. The government has raided these programs,set up for and paid by the U.S. taxpayer to subsidies their foolish pork barrel spending.

  • CatGman

    Just how many in congress really give a damn about what their constituents want or expect from them. Just how many in congress are concerned with what is best for the country over their own ambitions.

    How can congress sit by and watch as America rots and still do nothing. The so called leadership of this country are all complicit in allowing fall of our once great nation.

  • Dave

    There is one stat Sam leaves out… 90% relection rate.

    Thank your congresspeople that rig the districts every chance they get through re-districting.

    We need to stop voting for Republicans and Democrats… Period. This Congress is truly pathetic. The GOP in the House are more interested in their relection that solving the real issues going on with this country. Imagine of the GOP put the same effort into finding people a job as they do beating the Benghazi dead horse? We would have had full employment by now. Harry “worthless” Reid and the Senate GOP are more interested in playing games more than helping people which is supposed to be their job.
    Both parties need to be voted out.